By Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Public Affairs
Although students are dismissed for summer break, there is going to be a lot of noise at Hickam Elementary School for the next year or so. Hickam Elementary faculty members and Hawaii House District 31 Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson celebrated the construction of a new library at the school with a ground-breaking ceremony June 17 at the school.
The new addition to Hickam Elementary is being constructed next to where the main office and current library stand and is expected to be completed in the next 12 to 14 months. Construction is currently delayed as pipes near the building’s foundation are being rerouted to meet building code standards.
According to Richard Shimabukuro, acting principal for Hickam Elementary, the facility will host a state-of-the-art library, administrative offices and a new computer lab, which will further promote the use of technology in Hickam Elementary and help give their students the chance to further expand their learning capabilities.
“A unique feature of the building is the fact that if you see an aerial view of it when it is completed, it will be shaped like a fighter plane,” he said. “It will be interesting to hear what those who fly over it think about it.”
Special guests were in attendance at the ceremony, including former Hickam Elementary principal George Okino
“I am glad the school contacted me to help,” he said. “I know this project will be great for both the school and the students who attend.”