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.