The Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs generates and communicates new knowledge and original research to improve the quality of life in our islands. We are Hawai‘i’s first independent and nonpartisan public policy institute, founded on a philosophy of community collaboration, fact-based research and issues education. By creating an informed atmosphere for policy-makers and community leaders, we provide tools and opportunities to strengthen Hawai‘i’s public decision-making process.
The world is changing faster than ever with exponentially growing data and technology. If we don’t want our Keiki to fall behind, we will have to invest in exemplary public school facilities in order to achieve aspirational learning environments.
Our Keiki will have to solve problems that we don’t even know about, with tools that haven’t even been invented yet. This video illustrates some of the challenges facing the next generation:
Video produced by Jose Esteves. (https://es.linkedin.com/in/jmesteves)
When it comes to building exemplary school facilities, we must place our Keiki’s health and happiness first. Based on numerous studies, some of which can be found on our 21st Century Schools project page, the learning environment plays a huge role in the success of children at school. Expecting children to perform well in sweltering classrooms without access to electricity, water, or basic working facilities is something that is, on its face, wrong. Not only will the children be unable to learn and preform at their fullest potential, but their very well being is compromised.
This is more than a nice thing to do. Providing exemplary learning environments for our Keiki is Pono; it’s the right thing to do!
Photo taken by Dennis Oda
HIPA retained RM Towill to do an assessment of the state’s infrastructure needs for the next 20 years. Please click here to download the full Phase II report, which concludes that the state faces over $15 billion in infrastructure needs through 2034, which, if fully constructed, could result in over $1.7 billion in tax revenue to the state, and lead to the creation of over 212,000 jobs.