Ko Olina Center Cares For Keiki And Nature

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - March 31, 2010
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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 261-8534.

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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