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September 14, 2015

Think About It: The Heat Is On

The heat won't let up, so why should the heat on officials let up. Some action is taking place in getting short-term solutions for our sauna-like schools, on various fronts. I have heard from parents and concerned citizens on Kaui, the Big Island, Maui, and in various sections of Oahu. We now hear of a five-year old taken to the emergency room after being denied water, and a teacher being treated for dehydration and exhaustion.

From Ewa to Kailua and Laie, from Waimea to Kailua-Kona- the non-stop heatwave crisis has pushed the DOE into searching for 1,000 portable air conditioner units and it's trying to get them without having to go through the usual red tape bureaucracy that slows everything down. That's a good thing. Just to give you an idea of how large this problem is in each school, the state's largest high school, Farrington High, has 155 classrooms, and less than 20% of those rooms have centralized air. 

We still need more vendors to step up and offer discounts or donations. We need more alumni to come together and help their alma maters. We need more state representatives to go visit the schools where the voters have kids and see what it's like. We need more parents to band together and say ‘enough". We need an immediate conference held with energy gurus, the DOE, the HSTA, state finance officers and others to resolve a problem that goes back decades. The heat is on, and needs to stay on until our public school classrooms become bearable for the human race. This is not a bunch of hot air about hot air. Learning? Let's make sure our keiki are breathing. Think about it…

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