Loss of school stings: Destruction of Kua O Ka La ‘utterly devastating’

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Susie Osborne, head of Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, shows a photograph of the school on her phone Thursday at the school's office in Hilo after the school was taken by lava Wednesday night in lower Puna.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Susie Osborne, head of Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, gazes out the window and tries to look to the future Thursday at the school's office in Hilo after the school was taken by lava Wednesday night in lower Puna.

The loss of lower Puna’s Kua O Ka La Public Charter School is “utterly devastating, both personally and for our community,” Susie Osborne, head of school, said Thursday, a day after the school was destroyed by lava.