Sports activities, extracurricular actions shifting forward at Kulanihako‘i | Information, Sports activities, Jobs – thqaftqlm

Sports activities, extracurricular actions shifting forward at Kulanihako‘i | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Kulanihako‘i Excessive Faculty’s Administration Constructing (proper) and two classroom buildings and cafeteria await college students, school and administration Friday afternoon. Backside proper is the varsity’s new emblem, the manta ray.
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KIHEI — Issues are shifting quickly for Kulanihako’i Excessive Faculty athletics — and lots of different issues — because the opening of the campus in north Kihei seems to be set for the autumn.

Principal Halle Maxwell stated final week that sports activities and extracurricular actions for the Manta Rays are an enormous a part of the transition to lastly occupying the $120 million campus that may welcome a brand new freshmen class in August to associate with the 35 present ninth-graders who make up the varsity’s first-class.

At the moment, the small group of first-year highschool college students bodily attend transportable lecture rooms at Lokelani Intermediate Faculty down the road. 

The KHS athletic director’s job was posted per week in the past on the state Division of Training web site — Maxwell and curriculum coordinator Lauren Lott have been surveying college students all week to see what sports activities they’re concerned about collaborating in for the 2023-24 college yr.

“We ought to be bringing an athletic director on board throughout the subsequent a number of weeks,” Maxwell stated.

Kulanihako‘i Excessive Faculty Principal Halle Maxwell stands with curriculum coordinator Lauren Lott who’s sporting a shirt with the brand new highschool mascot, the manta ray.
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There might be athletes clad within the Kulanihako’i silver and black colours as quickly as the autumn. With a projected enrollment of 185, the primary student-athletes from the varsity might be in particular person sports activities like cross nation, bowling, or air riflery, however Maxwell shouldn’t be discounting the opportunity of fielding women volleyball, cheerleading and soccer groups within the fall as effectively.

With solely freshmen and sophomores on campus, women volleyball could be on the junior varsity degree and soccer would almost definitely be on the eight-player degree, competing with small Maui Interscholastic League faculties Molokai, Lanai, Hana and Seabury Corridor.

“The plan is to supply all of these sports activities to our college students, and what we’re going to do subsequent is a survey of present and incoming college students to see which sports activities they’re most concerned about,” Maxwell stated. “And we’ll give attention to these sports activities for the autumn, however all of them are on the desk. So, each one of many sports activities that individuals are concerned about and that we’ve got sufficient individuals for, these group sports activities, then we’re going to get these going straight away.”

Maxwell stated the proposed on-campus soccer stadium is “thought of a future part” merchandise for the varsity with no stable timeline but set, however there are areas on campus appropriate for some sports activities practices and close by there are Maui County amenities for the varsity’s sports activities groups to follow and play.

Providing a full docket of sports activities is crucial to the varsity’s imaginative and prescient going ahead, Maxwell stated.

A pair of basketball courts rests subsequent the Bodily Training constructing.
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“We wish college students who attend Kulanihako’i Excessive Faculty to have all of the alternatives that they’ve at another college and that features athletics,” she stated. “It’s only a method to deliver the group collectively and make our faculty an actual heart of the group and get everyone — not simply dad and mom of scholars or school members of the varsity — however the entire group members concerned with our faculty.”

With Maui County amenities together with a swimming pool, gymnasium, baseball, softball and soccer fields close by, Maxwell stated her college can be working quickly to amass the wanted county permits for follow and video games. 

One of many first large challenges is discovering coaches for the possible sports activities. That course of will start quickly.

“So, I’d actually similar to to get info out that we are going to be searching for coaches, we could have full athletic packages this coming college yr,” Maxwell stated. “So, if individuals are , particularly within the fall sports activities, these explicit sports activities … they need to get in contact with me.”

The easiest way to contact Maxwell is by way of e-mail at

Maxwell stated that the pure development is to have a number of varsity groups in place for the 2024-25 college yr. The start steps are already underway.

“We’re already speaking to a uniform provider to offer uniforms and all of that stuff, so we’re shifting in a short time,” she stated. “We have to order tools as effectively.”

The primary athletic director in Kulanihako’i Excessive Faculty historical past could have the prospect to construct this system from the get-go.

“I need to get the most effective candidate potential, somebody who is basically open to rising this program from the bottom up,” she stated.

Sports activities is not going to be the one extracurricular actions accessible for college kids on the latest public highschool within the state, the primary to open in Maui County since King Kekaulike in 1995.

Band, drama, golf equipment and group service involvement can be among the many potentialities going ahead at KHS.

“We’re prepared to supply the complete array,” Maxwell stated. “We’re going to have honors and pre- (Superior Placement) courses to prepare for the upper ranges junior and senior years. We’re providing profession and expertise training programs, music, high-quality arts. We’re ready to supply a number of languages. 

“For subsequent yr we’re ready to supply a full array of the programs that they discover at different excessive faculties.”

Plans for sports activities, extracurricular actions and an array of programs are effectively underway as on March 22, Gov. Josh Inexperienced introduced that college students can be allowed to bodily attend the brand new college after development is accomplished and the DOE units a gap date.

His feedback got here after an settlement was reached between the state and the county that may enable the DOE to obtain a short lived certificates of occupancy from the county in trade for the state quickly indemnifying the county from legal responsibility claims — the county has lengthy held off on issuing a certificates as a result of the DOE has but to construct a pedestrian crossing required to open the varsity.

Some group members for years have argued for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing to maintain college students protected alongside Piilani Freeway which fronts the varsity. The state Land Use Fee set the situation in 2013 {that a} grade-separated crossing needed to be constructed earlier than the campus might open.

However the college’s college students, dad and mom and the DOE pushed exhausting just lately to have the varsity opened as preliminary amenities on the campus have been accomplished.

The Governor’s Workplace has stated that college buses would safely transport the scholars to campus on an interim foundation.

The DOE will proceed to maneuver ahead with the requirement that it construct an elevated pedestrian crosswalk, which is required to be able to obtain a everlasting certificates of occupancy, the Governor’s Workplace added.

The college has 14 academics this yr and Maxwell expects to have about 30 within the fall. She just lately posted 18 positions on the DOE web site.

Lott is the individual coordinating the hassle to pinpoint the path for KHS.

“My place is working lots with the scholars, to run the student-focus teams and get their suggestions on plenty of issues,” Lott stated. “We’re working with the eighth-graders at Lokelani as effectively, they’re our pupil inhabitants. Sports activities is part of it, nevertheless it additionally ranges on what they’re searching for in school experiences, academics. 

“We’ve surveyed plenty of them to see what they needed so far as interview questions have been involved, so college students had enter so far as our interview course of as effectively,” added Lott who labored with Maxwell at Kihei Elementary Faculty for 10 years previous to this primary yr at KHS.

“It’s plenty of enjoyable, I adore it,” Lott stated of her place and the method of getting the varsity began.

With all of the momentum, Maxwell stated she will be able to envision watching commencement from a yet-to-be-built soccer stadium within the not-too-distant future.

“I’m over the moon, that is the dream,” Maxwell stated. “We’re nonetheless a college, Kulanihako’i Excessive Faculty nonetheless exists, we nonetheless have college students doing wonderful issues, however plenty of the dream comes with the ability, having the house to do project-based studying, to have all kinds of programs for the scholars to select from, and that’s one thing we will’t do with out house and rooms.

“So, to lastly to have the ability to be up on the campus — and it’s a lovely campus — to have the ability to lastly begin the a part of the varsity expertise that connects to the group, to have extra programs for the scholars to select from, it actually goes to be very thrilling for everybody who attends.”

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