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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 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.  


Kinderhale Kitchen Cook

We believe that nutrition is an integral part of a child's development, and we're seeking a dedicated Kitchen Cook to join our team. As a Kitchen Cook, you'll play a pivotal role in providing wholesome, balanced meals that nourish both the body and mind.


In this role, you will prepare daily meals for our students, following strict health and safety guidelines. Collaboration is key, as you'll work closely with our school community to plan special menus for festivals and celebrations. Maintaining a clean and organized kitchen is essential, and effective communication with staff and parents regarding dietary restrictions and requests is highly valued. If you're passionate about healthy cooking and have experience in a similar role, join us in creating a positive impact on our students' well-being and education.


Proven experience as a cook or chef, preferably in a school or childcare setting.
Knowledge of safe food handling practices.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Compensation: $14/hour. A tuition discount for your children is available. It is a 29-hour-a-week position

Mon-Thu 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Substitute Teachers

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

Nap Assistant

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

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


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 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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