At Mālamalama, which means "The Light of Knowledge" in Hawaiian, we follow the innovative and developmentally-oriented curriculum of Waldorf education. Our curriculum is designed to meet the specific developmental milestones of children at each age and grade, providing a holistic and balanced approach to education. Our dedicated faculty have crafted curriculum standards for Grades 1-8, preschool, and kindergarten, drawing from Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophies and the principles adopted by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and WECAN.
Our mission is to improve the quality of the educational experience by
providing Waldorf Education in East Hawaii.
∙ To create a “child-centered” education designed to meet intellectual, emotional, and physical needs.
∙ To express enthusiasm, artistry, and interest in every lesson.
∙ To nourish the child through lively presentations developmentally age-appropriate.
∙ To develop the child’s innate ability to think “creatively” through various exercises including creative arts.
∙ To nurture and cultivate the qualities of wonder, reverence, gratitude, responsibility, decision-making, a healthy self-image, consideration for others, and cooperation.
∙ To engender a sense of belonging to a community that nurtures and supports the uniqueness of each individual.
∙ To develop in the child a sense of being a “world citizen” through a curriculum utilizing world literature, foreign languages, and multi-cultural enrichment.
∙ To develop academic excellence, a love of learning, and clear thinking.
We provide a well-rounded education that integrates academic, practical, artistic disciplines, and social health.
Our hands-on curriculum includes two world languages - Hawaiian and Japanese, music, handwork, fine arts, drama, and movement. We aim to foster a love of learning that prepares our students for a successful life beyond the classroom.
Parent-Toddler (ages 18-36 months)
Led by our experienced Waldorf teacher, these 1.5-hour sessions are a gateway to the magic of early childhood education.
Participating families will engage in activities that may include Circle Time, a Story/Puppet Show, hands-on Crafts, and Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting. The holistic Waldorf approach introduces creative and age-appropriate activities, fostering wonder and joy in learning.
Children will play outside and indoors and caregivers will be offered valuable insights into child development, and family support.
Kinderhale (ages 3-6)
The world of a young child is one of activity and imagination. Our Kinderhale program at Malamalama Waldorf School focuses on their social, emotional, and physical development while allowing their creativity to flourish. Through hands-on experiences, our students discover and learn about the world around them in a Waldorf tradition that values and protects the sanctity of childhood.
Elementary Grades (1-5)
In our Elementary School program, we provide a nurturing environment for children aged 7 to 11, fostering their sense of observation and emotional growth. Our curriculum goes beyond traditional academics and incorporates engaging experiences such as painting, drama, music, storytelling, and hands-on activities that evoke their emotions. We believe that children learn best when their education is infused with beauty, and we strive to weave this sense of beauty throughout their daily school experiences.
Middle Grades (6-8)
During the Middle School years (ages 11-14), we tailor our curriculum to meet the unique needs of pre-adolescents. Building upon the foundation established in earlier grades, our program offers a wider range of subjects that deepen students' understanding of previously covered material and introduce them to new areas of study. Our aim is to foster a genuine curiosity about the world and encourage students to engage with enthusiasm and empathy. By exploring biographies of historical figures who faced significant challenges, students gain a broader perspective on history and develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world.
- Fri, Mar 01Mar 01, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMHawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 96749, USA
- Multiple DatesTue, Mar 12Mar 12, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PMHawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 96749, USAMar 12, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PMHawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 96749, USATake this opportunity to be part of our close-knit community, helping us continue to provide a nurturing environment for our children's education. Join us and experience the power of collective collaboration and shared dedication to the values of Malamalama Waldorf School.