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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 offers education preschool through Grade 8. 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.  


Substitute Teachers

On-call M-F. Must pass a background check. Pay $16.5 per hour.

After School Care Teacher

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

After School Care Assistant

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


Grade 7/8 Class Teacher

Malamalama Waldorf School is seeking a Grade 7/8 Class Teacher for the 2024-2025 school year whose love for children is complimented by their ability to work well with colleagues and parents. We are seeking an individual with the enthusiasm and commitment to Waldorf Education to be a guiding force among our school `ohana.

Qualifications: MWS prefers a trained, certified Waldorf teacher who also holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Previous Waldorf teaching experience is required.
Salary depends upon education and experience.

Grade 1 Class Teacher's Assistant

The Grade 1 Assistant position at Malamalama Waldorf School is a part-time role and is designed to provide additional support to the Grade 1 lead teacher. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a Waldorf classroom setting.


Collaborate with the lead teacher and assist in maintaining a harmonious and orderly classroom environment;
Support students who may require additional attention due to emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges;
Supervise students during recess, snack, or lunchtime periods;
Assist in preparing and maintaining classroom supplies and equipment, as well as general cleaning;
Implement lesson plans and lead both large and small groups of children;
Demonstrate respect for the lead teacher's authority and maintain discretion and confidentiality in communication;
Provide supervision for students outside the classroom when necessary;
Attend parent meetings as requested by the lead teacher;
Regularly meet with the lead teacher for planning and review of work;
Perform other duties as assigned by the lead teacher.

Working Hours:

The Grade 1 Assistant position entails 5-7 hours per day. The exact schedule will be arranged with the lead teacher. Additional hours may be required in advance as needed. The Assistant is encouraged to attend the Faculty meetings on Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00. This position does not continue during the summer break.


Enthusiasm and flexibility in working with children;
Professional presentation and strong communication skills.


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

Mālamalama Waldorf School is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment that values diversity and promotes equity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic, and we actively seek to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities to promote diversity and support the contributions of all employees. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for employment opportunities at Mālamalama Waldorf School.

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