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The best way to start the admissions process is to inquire or call our school office at (808) 982-7701 or email We are happy to discuss our school with you, to determine if it is the right option for your child and your family. We welcome you to visit our beautiful campus by either calling to schedule a tour or by attending one of our Open Houses, Festivals, or Community Events.


After visiting our campus or reviewing school information, interested families may apply to Mālamalama Waldorf School by following the steps below.
Before applying, please note our age requirements:

You may apply before your child turns 3 years old, however, your child must turn 3 and be able to use the bathroom independently in order to start attending Kinderhale. 

Applicants for 1st Grade must be 6 years of age by June 1st of the school year they’re applying for. Applicants for 2nd through 8th grade must be age-appropriate for the grades for which they are applying.


If Mālamalama Waldorf School is a school of choice for your child, please fill out an application and send it in (email to or mail, or bring it in person) with the $75 application fee. A completed application includes:


  • Completed Application for Admission Form

  • Copy of Birth Certificate

  • Copies of the applicant's academic record including transcripts, narratives, or report cards for all previous years of school attended (this is optional for Early Childhood applicants).


While Mālamalama Waldorf School is open to children with all types of learning styles, there are no formal special education services. Teachers work with families during the application process to see if the school is able to meet the learning needs of their child.


Following a review of the completed application, the class teacher or enrollment coordinator will arrange an interview with the applicant and parent/guardian. At this time, an academic assessment will take place for Grades 1 - 8 applicants and a developmental assessment for Kinderhale applicants will take place.


Acceptance is determined by individual teachers. Should you disagree with their decision, you may contact the Administrative Chair for an appeal. Following the initial interview, the applicant may be invited for a three-day visit (grades only). During this visit, the applicant will be expected to participate fully in the class for which they are applying. We charge a $180 tuition fee for the three-day visit that may be applied to tuition when the child is enrolled.


The class teacher or school office will inform your family of your child's admissions status. Upon acceptance, you will be presented with an enrollment packet containing all of the necessary paperwork and information required to enroll your child. Prior to the student’s first day of school, the following must be provided:


  • All required enrollment documents from the Enrollment Packet.

  • Completed Health Records (DOE Form 14) or out-of-state medical records and an appointment slip for future physical examination. Vaccination records/Religious Exempt Form. 

  • TB clearance within one year prior to entrance into school in the State of Hawai'i. Click here for instructions.

Please email us a Records Release Form so we can receive Student reports and health records from our child's previous school or send us the records if you have them. 


The enrollment fee is non-refundable and due upon submission of the Enrollment Contract. 


A tuition down payment (for Grades 12-month payment plan) or tuition deposit is due upon enrollment. All tuition payment plans are required to participate in FACTS Tuition Management Program. All payments will automatically be deducted from checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Students may not attend until their family is signed up with FACTS. Click here for information about our current Tuition & Fee Schedule.

FACTS Online Enrollment

Enrollment with FACTS Tuition Management Company is a requirement of enrollment for all families.  During the enrollment process, you will be asked to create an account and input your preferred method of payment.

Tuition Adjustment/Scholarship Program

If your child is younger than Public School Kindergarten age, we ask you to apply to Preschool Open Doors and Childcare Connections first before applying for our tuition assistance.

Preschoolers who do not qualify for POD and CCC and school-age Children (K -  8th grade) may fill out our Tuition Adjustment Application and pay a $75 fee to apply for Tuition Assistance. The TA fee is waived for children who are already enrolled in our program.

Please note 

The faculty reserves the right to enroll students for a probationary period. The faculty reserves the right to dismiss or require the withdrawal of any student at any time, as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook, including but not limited to the behavior or conduct determined to be contrary to the rules of the class and the school. Those students who are dismissed during this probationary period will be charged for tuition and fees accordingly.

Education at a true independent Waldorf school is possible! Mālamalama Waldorf School is committed to children and their families. A number of our families are able to attend our school because their tuition rates are adjusted to their needs. Feel free to speak with us openly about your needs when you inquire. 

Nonimmigrant Alien Students: This school is NOT authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students at this time.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: Mālamalama Waldorf School is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion, physical ability, or family status to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion, physical ability, or family status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, and tuition aid programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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