On November 9, Solomon Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary and new school dedication. Solomon Elementary is one of two public schools located on Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa, HI.
The dedication ceremony was filled with emotion as Mrs. Solomon—the wife of the school’s namesake—was able to attend. Principal Sally Omalza shared the school’s history and the importance of the Solomon family contribution.
The late First Sargent General Samuel Solomon, Jr. was an honorable man who sacrificed his life to save others during the Vietnam War. He earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for his bravery. On Veteran’s Day 1969 the school was officially dedicated as 1SG Samuel K. Solomon Elementary School.
Following Hawaiian tradition, a Hawaiian Priest performed a convocation and blessing as a Maile lei was untied during the ceremony. The guests enjoyed a lovely brunch, socializing through the afternoon, with background violin music played by students. Students sang songs and spoke on behalf of the school and were even the emcees for the event.
Swinerton Hawaii had the honor of rebuilding the school, which is now modernized with 63 new classrooms and state-of-the-art amenities for the students. These include a student support center, two computer labs, an audio/video room, a covered play yard, cafeteria, and administrative offices along with new entrance driveways and more than 170 parking stalls.
“This school is proof that we can do great things when we work together,” said Governor Ige. “It took a team of federal, state, community, and military partners to make this 21st century school a reality. Our military families can be confident that their children will be learning in a state-of-the-art school equipped with the tools to excel academically.”
The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for approximately $70 million. State funding provided nearly $20 million for the remaining 20% of the total project cost.