DOE tells Hawaii charter schools to figure out their own meal arrangements

Kanu o ka Aina Public Charter School is one of the 32 charter schools left to come up with their own meal plans.

Nov. 11—If Earl’s Snack Shop hadn’t stepped in at the 11th hour, Kanu o ka Aina Public Charter School in Hawaii might not have been able to feed its neediest students this school year.

Earlier this year, Taffi Wise, Kanu o ka Aina’s business manager, was notified that the school could no longer get its meals from the Hawaii Department of Education.

The DOE was trying to address a scathing internal audit, published a few months earlier, that found that the department was wasting millions of dollars on its food services program, whose budget last year was about $92 million.