Companies interested in working with the Department on its various school facilities projects should review our vendor pages, including information about working with the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS).
Heat abatement program
The Department's heat abatement effort prioritizes schools that require cooling strategies, which may include air conditioning. We work with the Legislature to fast-track the schools that need relief most.
Ka Hei: Sustainability is our future
Ka Hei program, a five-year endeavor launched in 2014, will integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs. As a comprehensive energy and sustainability program, Ka Hei will transform the learning envionment, reduce operational expenses and provide engaging educational opportunities for our students and community.
- Reduce the cost and consumption of energy at all 255 DOE Schools.
- Build a diverse portfolio of new, clean, on-site generation.
- Aggressively implement energy efficiency and conservation measures including demand response.
- Support the goals of the
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and the Department’s goal (Board of Education Policy 6710) of 90 percent clean energy by 2040.
- Leverage these transformational activities to create educational opportunities and stimulate the economy through local construction labor.
Use of school facilities, grounds
School facilities are
available for public use as long as the requested activities do not interfere with normal school operations. Access to facilities and grounds is controlled by the principal of the school.
Schools are the central hub of any active community — build them, and the families will come. We partner with state agencies and developers to ensure that, as a community progresses, evaluations are in place to determine if a School Impact District must be established, and related fees are collected to ensure (1) schools are expanded to meet the community’s need, and/or (2) new schools are built.
We are always weighing innovative designs, technologies, and processes to improve Hawaii's schools.
The Department is refurbishing our
school playgrounds with green materials that produce cost savings, allowing us to escalate fixes while keeping the safety of our keiki at the fore.
This nonprofit initiated by the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in 2001 assists schools with small-in-scope projects to improve school campuses, matching donor funds in the amount of grants (limited to $50,000) to schools who produce matching private contributions or professional volunteerism (“sweat equity”). We encourage anyone who wants to help schools to contribute to this worthy cause.