Last week, the multi-purpose building of the University of Hawaii Laboratory School caught on fire and was completely destroyed. Although there really wasn’t any other explanation, it was confirmed today that the cause of the fire was arson. My sister attended the UH Lab school for a couple of years. It was an interesting place. It has only 350 students and exists as a testing ground for the UH education department’s Curriculum Research & Development Group.

I never attended Lab school myself, but I used to walk down there a lot after school to visit my sister before she went home. My high school, Mid-Pacific Institute was located one block away. Later, when I went to college, I ended up living directly across the street from the school at the notorious KEO house. I’ve always been scared that place was going to burn down. In fact, someone I know almost did, accidently. o_O But that someone did this on purpose is beyond sick. There’s actually a web slide show that shows what happened in graphic detail.

It was mentioned in the paper today that the building also housed the offices of the UH Department of Education. Part of me wonders if that was the intended target. I probably shouldn’t speculate, but I wonder if this was about someone with a grudge against the department? Makes you wonder who got fired last week. In any case, the school needs to be rebuilt, and tons of cool kids are going to have to struggle with the loss of a major part of their school this fall.

If anyone would like to contribute to the UH Laboratory School Fire Recovery Fund, there are 3 ways to do it:

1. Call (808) 956-8849

2. Visit the University of Hawaii Foundation website and make a donation.

3. Mail your donation directy to:
University of Hawai’i Foundation
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

Thanks, everyone.

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