Honokaʻa High students share experiences with alternative education, hopes for the future
Hawaiʻi’s public schools have been back in session for a week now and most students are starting to get settled into their routines. For students in the state’s Alternative Learning Program, they’re doing things a little differently.
The program is for young people who have faced challenges in the past and are not thriving in the traditional learning environment. It’s also an opportunity for teachers to find innovative solutions for students with unique learning styles.
The Conversation sat down with four young men from Honoka’a High School on the Big Island: seniors Kaiya Lawrence-Spencer, Justin Cootey, and Derek Gomes, and junior Ikeʻao Kapeliʻela. They talked about the role of school in their lives and their hopes for life beyond high school.
This interview aired on The Conversation on Aug. 10, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.