TUESDAY, FEB. 10 UPDATE: School will resume at Keolu Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 11, after facilities teams surveyed wind damage to building at the school. Meal service will be handled in another building while repairs are made to the cafeteria. Keolu was closed on Tuesday, February 10 after a portion of its cafeteria roof blew off in gusty winds on Monday.
HONOLULU – Keolu Elementary in Windward Oahu will not be in session on Tuesday, February 10 after a portion of its cafeteria roof blew off in gusty winds on Monday, February 9.
The incident occurred at 11:40 a.m. while first and second graders, approximately 50 students, were in the dining hall at the time. The cafeteria was evacuated and the rest of the students were served lunch in their classrooms. No one was injured. The Honolulu Fire Department was called to the school for initial assistance.
“The strong winds are unpredictable at this point and until we can ensure that the campus is safe for everyone, Keolu will be closed,” said Suzanne Mulcahy, complex area superintendent for the Kailua-Kalaheo complex area.
Keolu Elementary is a kindergarten through sixth grade school with 145 total students.
Department of Education Facilities crews were unable secure the damaged area and clear the debris due to the ongoing wind gusts that made it unsafe. They will return tomorrow morning to clean up and assess the damage.
The high winds also caused disruptions in other areas of the Kailua-Kalaheo complex area. Mulcahy noted that A+ and other activities were cancelled on Monday at Pope Elementary and Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate due to the windy conditions. Both Pope and Waimanalo will be in session on Tuesday the 10th.