Queen Liliuokalani School Closes Its Doors

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Queen Lydia Liliuokalani Elementary School held its final exercises Thursday before closing its doors for good — a year shy of what would have been the school's 100th birthday.

The school was dedicated by the queen herself, but fell victim to efficiency and economics this year when the Hawaii Department of Education recommended redistributing its 100 students into nearby schools. The department expects to save about $270,000 per year with the consolidation. (The Department of Education operates a $1.9 billion annual budget, not counting another $250 million in employee benefits.)

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