Mitch Kahle and Holly Huber have made available a list of 126 churches that were using public school facilities based on documents they have been able to obtain for the 2011-2012 school year.
Some schools are used by more than one church on weekends. Certain listed schools
The list doesn’t include the five top schools named in their lawsuit (Kaiser High School, Kaimuki High School, Farrington High School, Mililani High School, and Kapolei Middle School.
They say they’ve been unable to compile a full and accurate list due to “stonewalling” by the Department of Education. Occasionally listings may refer to one-time use, such as for a conference.
They describe a few other limits to the list.
Some of the churches have left the schools since our investigation began. For example we have evidence that both Lighthouse Baptist at Naalehu Elementary and The Wave at Enchanted Lake have stopped using school facilities once the proper charges were imposed. New Hope has stopped meeting at Ala Wai Elementary as well as Farrington High and Kapolei Middle schools.
There is also a certain amount of movement by some churches as they have moved schools just in the past year or two. Not so for Hawaii Kai United Church of Christ; they have been meeting at Hahaione Elementary for 28 years! The church is frequently mentioned in the public school’s newsletter.
We have requested applications filed for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years but the DOE has been uncooperative. It is apparent that the DOE has no idea what schools are providing facilities to churches or other users as the system is completely decentralized with no oversight.