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Hawaiʻi students and teachers will be heading back to school in less than two weeks. And this Big Island charter school has quite a lot to do before opening its doors for the coming school year.  The school lost its campus to the ongoing lava flow in Puna. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

A school name change on Oʻahu is raising awareness in that community about the origin of place names in Hawaiʻi. The Governing Board for Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School has decided to revive the traditional place name for the land beneath the school. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more. Via CC Via CC

  With school back in session kids are once again in the classroom, which can be a petri dish for spreading infections.  How do we keep germs out of the curriculum this year?  Tonight on the Body Show Dr. Kathy Kozak will discuss what parents can do to keep kids healthy in school.

Town Square: Universal Breakfast for School Kids

Aug 28, 2014

The benefits of breakfast have filled conversations for decades, but a lot of kids -for whatever reason- don't eat it. On August 18, the Kona Pacific Public Charter School made history: It was the first to offer universal breakfast to all students in their classrooms. We took an in-depth look at the program with guests Christ Hecht, the school's Executive Director, the head of the Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network ,Lynn Finnegan and Gavin Thornton, Deputy Director of the program's partner, the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.  

Credit: Gemini Observatory
Credit: Gemini Observatory

 For most of the year, scientists at the Mauna Kea observatories spend their time watching the skies.  But for the past decade, on occasion that focus has shifted to the classrooms of Hawaii Island.  And it's included astronomers from around the country.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

Flickr / bookgrl
Flickr / bookgrl

Hawaii legislators are considering new ways to deal with the growing problem of childhood obesity. School lunch has come under the spotlight and lawmakers are pushing to make some changes in the school cafeteria. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look.