Ko Olina Cen­ter Cares For Keiki And Na­ture

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - News - By MELISSA MONIZ

Seag­ull Schools Ko Olina child­care cen­ter is just a few touches away from open­ing the doors to its newly built cam­pus.

“We hope to be ready by April 1,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Chuck Lar­son.

Ready or not, the cen­ter will have a sched­uled open house from 9 a.m. to noon Satur­day. In­for­ma­tion about its ser­vices will be pro­vided, as well as tours of the eco-friendly cen­ter, which was con­structed to take ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral cool­ing.

“What we strongly be­lieve is that air con­di­tion­ing is not healthy for chil­dren, so we de­signed the school so they will be nat­u­rally ven­ti­lated,” ex­plained Lar­son.

The school also has planted 15 trees to keep kids cool when play­ing out­side. Nine of the trees — five mon­key-pods and four shower trees — were pur­chased with a $ 16,000 do­na­tion from Hawai­ian Elec­tric Com­pany.

The school will ini­tially have a li­cense to care for up to 150 keiki. Chil­dren ages 2 to 5 are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply. For an ap­pli­ca­tion or more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.seag­ullschools.com or call 2618534.

Seag­ull Schools Ko Olina is lo­cated on Ali­inui Drive at Ko Olina Re­sort, past the sec­ond set of rail­road tracks on the prop­erty. On-site park­ing is avail­able.

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