Pathways to productivity: Programs help people with special needs thrive after high school

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mariah Cochran points to pineapple plants that the Hilo High special education class has grown.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kawika Victorino shreds newspaper for the recycling program at Hilo High last month. The special education class is in charge of the school's recycling program.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Kaylee Nerverza, Kawika Victorino, Mariah Cochran, Lanice Mejia Kaua and Jo Ann Nishimoto look over seedlings last month that are growing in a greenhouse at Hilo High. Students in special education can work in the greenhouse to learn how to grow and take care of plants.

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series about the challenges people with special needs have getting help in Hawaii County.