Special Report

On Campus

About the Series

What happens when people take an idea for education that sounds great in theory, and try to make it work in a real class? Follow along as reporters track the first year of a new school in Hawaii and examine big education issues in America.
On Campus: We’re Taking A Fresh Look At Education In Hawaii Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Chapter 1: On Campus: We’re Taking A Fresh Look At Education In Hawaii

Civil Beat's new podcast series takes you inside the first year of a startup arts integration charter school in Wahiawa.
On Campus: A New Charter School Scrambles To Open Its Doors April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Chapter 2: On Campus: A New Charter School Scrambles To Open Its Doors

As her new charter school, Kamalani Academy, prepares to open, school founder, Kuuipo Laumatia, take us on a walk through last-minute snafus and solutions.

On Campus: It’s The First Day of School at Kamalani April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Chapter 3: On Campus: It’s The First Day of School at Kamalani

Join Kamalani Academy on its first day of school and take a peek inside classrooms as students and teachers get to know each other.

On Campus: The Four “Hales” April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Chapter 4: On Campus: The Four “Hales”

Kamalani Academy adopts a medieval school tradition made popular by Harry Potter to help teach Hawaiian values.

On Campus: Temperature Check

Chapter 5: On Campus: Temperature Check

Kamalani Academy looks for ways to bolster school spirit, while school leaders grapple with retention issues behind the scenes.
On Campus: A Teacher’s Journey April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Chapter 6: On Campus: A Teacher’s Journey

Kamalani Academy teachers talk about their journey to the classroom, and the triumphs and pitfalls of starting a new charter school.

On Campus: Redefining Success

Chapter 7: On Campus: Redefining Success

Efforts in Arkansas to close the achievement gap for Marshallese students could hold some valuable lessons for Kamalani.

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 8: On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration

Civil Beat visits Pomaikai Elementary, an arts integration school on Maui, to see why Kamalani Academy’s founders used it as a model for their charter school.

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 9: On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast

Pomaikai Elementary students report from inside their Maui school.

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