Naalehu Elementary School is situated on a large, flat grassy lawn. Typical of Hawaii County schools of this era, the main building, classroom and office Building A, is a linear organization of classrooms along an open lanai/corridor with two wings extending towards the front lawn. Naalehu Elementary School is significant as an intact example of a rural school to service its surrounding plantation community. This school reflects the time period in the County’s building program of rapid expansion in plantation population and therefore rapid expansion in educational needs in rural areas of the island.
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