The best way to start the admissions process is with a phone call to 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. View our School Calendar. NOTE: we have made changes to campus tours due to COVID.


ADMISSIONS PROCESS: 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:


  • Applicants for Kinderhale must be 3 years of age and able to use the bathroom independently in order to apply. 

  • 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.


APPLICATION: 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) with the $50 application fee. A completed application includes:


  • Completed Application for Admission Form

  • Copy of Birth Certificate

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


SPECIAL NEEDS APPLICATIONS: While Mālamalama Waldorf School is open to children with all types of learning styles, there are no formal special education services. Therefore, the school may not be able to meet the learning needs of all children.


INTERVIEW: 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.


DECISION: 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.


ENROLLMENT PROCESS: 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 included in the Enrollment Packet.

  • Completed Health Record (DOE Form 14) or out of state medical records plus appointment slip for future physical examination. Vaccination records. 

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


ENROLLMENT FEE: The enrollment fee is non-refundable and due upon submission of Enrollment Contract. 


TUITION & DEPOSIT: A tuition down payment (for Grades 10-month payment plan) or tuition deposit is due upon enrollment. All tuition payment plans, with the exception of the annual payment plan, 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 or a lump sum payment is made. Click here for information about our current Tuition & Fee Schedule.`


FACTS Online Enrollment: Once enrolled, families, except those making an annual lump sum payment, must sign-up for automatic tuition payments through FACTS Tuition Management. To sign up online, click here.


Tuition Adjustment/Scholarship Program: Once your child is enrolled, your Tuition Adjustment/Scholarship Application will be processed. Class Attendance Once the enrollment process is complete, the student will be granted an Office Release Pass allowing the student to begin attending school.


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.


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 administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and tuition aid programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.


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 authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.


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We offer campus tours

the 3rd Wednesday of the month,  8:30am (school year only)~



Meet Our Teachers!

Our teachers are all Waldorf trained and dedicated to educating your children: body, mind and spirit.


They guide your children through an engaging academic curriculum with daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms within our small school community on the Big Island of Hawai'i.


Our Campus

Mālamalama Waldorf School was founded in 1978 and was established at its current site in 1980. We are located on 20 beautiful acres in Hawaiian Paradise Park 16 miles south of Hilo, Hawai'i.

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Experience Waldorf Week

Students new to Mālamalama Waldorf School may register to attend classes during early

October for three days (Grades only).

Contact for details today!

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To request more information:

Contact the Admissions Office

Mon-Thurs 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


NOTE: summer hours may vary

You can also request more information with this form:

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