It might astonish you to know there is an academy of rigorous learning on the lower slopes of Diamond Head where children as young as 5 gather to discuss philosophic ideas using the Socratic method.
This is Waikiki Elementary School, a public school so successful that it has a waiting list of more than 200 children.
And for two years in a row, a teacher at Waikiki Elementary has won the coveted State Teacher of the Year award.
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