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Employment Opportunities at MWS

Our School Community

Malamalama Waldorf School was founded in 1978 by a group of devoted parents and educators seeking a different educational experience for children in the Puna district of the Big Island. MWS is located in the residential subdivision of Hawaiian Paradise Park, nestled on a 20-acre parcel in a beautiful rainforest setting. In 1979 MWS was incorporated as an independent, non-profit educational and cultural organization in the State of Hawaii. The school is a well-respected member of the Big Island community with over 40 years dedicated to Waldorf Education preschool through 8th Grade. Our graduates regularly go on to hold top academic honors in high school, including graduating valedictorians and salutatorians.  They are also leaders in athletic, artistic, and performing arts endeavors.  


The Big Island of Hawaii is rich in cultural diversity as well as boasting a most unusual volcanic landscape, ranch lands, and beaches. You can surf in the morning and don winter apparel for a jaunt to the summit of Mauna Kea in the afternoon.


On the Big Island, we are blessed with a beautiful natural environment, rich cultural opportunities, temperate climate, relatively low cost of living, and affordable housing options.  The school’s salary together with its generous benefit package supports a moderate lifestyle.  

SUMMER NEXT YEAR: We are seeking for the weeks of June 20 - July 29 2023
Early Childhood Assistants

for our summer program providing support to the lead teacher of children ages 3-6.

Will need to possess an Assistant Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

Lead Early Childhood Teacher

for the summer to possess a Teacher Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

Summer Program Coordinator

Energetic individual(s) to plan, organize, and conduct our Summer Program for children who have completed first grade and are under age 13. Candidates must bring experience, warmth, joy, and enthusiasm to working with children, yet maintain rhythms and routines in place. Will need to possess an Assistant Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

Substitute Teachers

On-call M-F. Must pass a background check. Pay $13.33 per hour.

Nap Assistant

Part-time position. Assists in Kinderhale classroom during nap time.

After School Care Teacher and Assistant

Early Childhood Teacher and Assistant to provide loving care to children ages 3-6 following the regular school day program. Teachers will need to have a Director-Teacher Card and Assistants will need an Assistant Card with DHS Registry. Hours: M-Th 2-5:30, F 12-5:30

Handwork Teacher - Part-time

Must be able to teach knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving, felting, etc. to children grades 1-8. Waldorf trained preferred. Hours TBD for 2022/2023 School Year.

Hawaiian Studies Teacher

Mālamalama Waldorf School seeks an individual to bring their mana'o akamai to lead our Hawaiian program. The ideal Kumu will bring ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and cultural activities such as hula and crafts. As a school, we appreciate and value Hawaiian history and culture and look to honoring the history of the past by enlivening it in the present as well as being good stewards of the ʻāina .

If you are interested in sharing your mana'o with our students, Pre-K through 8th, in any or all of these activities please contact Kelley at 982-7701 or email . This position is currently open and part-time at 7-9 hours per week with the possibility of expanding to 14-16 hours per week, depending on qualifications.

Movement Teacher - Part-time

Teach movement to grades 1-8. Prefer a candidate with certification in Spacial Dynamics, Eurythmy, or other movement disciplines. Able to draw upon a repertoire of cooperative games along with an understanding of the Greek Pentathlon and Medieval Games. This position is currently 6-7 hours weekly.

To Apply

Interested applicants are required to fill out our employment form above and are welcome to send a letter of introduction, resume, college transcripts, Waldorf certifications, and three references to the Recruiting Committee at Malamalama Waldorf School.

HC 3 Box 13068 ● Keaau, Hawaii 96749 ● phone 808-982-7701 ● fax 808-982-7806 ● E-mail

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