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PK-8
Private
Keaau, HI
Students enrolled: 85
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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Hc 3 Box 13068
Keaau, HI 96749

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(808) 982-7701
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June 14, 2014
My three children attended Malamalama Waldorf school. You will not find a more nurturing environment, and the children are exposed to such a rich curriculum. If you are thinking of sending your child to this school, just make arrangements to visit and see what wonderful things the children do during the course of their day. I did and I was sold!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
We love our school. My child is enrolled in preschool at the moment, but we definitely plan to become full time for her education from here on out. She has become such a well rounded, engaged, excited about learning child in the last year. This school is a well researched and continuously positive outcome education system. Children who attend this school get to see their creativity fostered and lead in their learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
We have been enrolled in the Malamalama Waldorf School for 6 years, going on our 7th! We have had an excellent educational and community experience. What we love most about the school: 1. the respect and care living in all the students and teachers for each other. 2. the attachment that grows between the student and teacher is positive, thriving and essential for growth and openness and excitement for learning 3. the small class size and the rigor of the academic curriculum. 4. the developmentally appropriate lessons (and value of the story as a teacher) 5. the priority of patience and time taken for younger students to grow and learn through deep playtime We have been very lucky to receive such a valuable education at an incredibly reasonable rate. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
This is a great little school. My daughter is getting a great education in a place where she is safe and feels respected. She loves to go to school and she loves to learn. Malamalama students consistently do well in high school and beyond. Malamalama still offers many of the opportunities that have been stripped from the public schools, including art, music, public speaking, physical education, foreign languages, and recess.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I love this school! Best choice in east Hawaii. My children attended kinderhale to 8th grade and wonderful experience. Both my children love to learn and read constantly. Thank you MWS! Jennifer Bell

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
If you love the teaching concepts of Waldorf schools, you'll love this school. Better teacher-to-student ratio than any in the area, loving environment. My favorite thing about the school is how active the students are. They do not sit all day in their chairs as they would in other schools. The preschool is wonderful too. The teachers are very loving, nutritious food is included. The children climb trees, play extensively in the sandbox, and are encouraged to be creative. Highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
Malamalama Waldorf School has proven to be the perfect fit for my daughter this year. Every day she went it seemed she loved it more and more. The main treasures are the personable teachers who KNOW my daughter and all the kids on a soul level, the sacred space they create which ALLOWS the children to bloom in their very unique ways, the fact that is it normal to eat vegetarian and the sensitivity to honor the foods at mealtimes, the nature centered education which sustains the natural flow of how i know my child learns, grows and experiences life, and the feeling of community and cherishing of every child and their magic expressions of life.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
This school has proven time and time again to be the right fit! Awesome teachers, hard woe king staff and happy children, great recipe!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
This school has been here since 1978, educating and nurturing thousands of children; birthing them onto their next chapter of life. I am so impressed with their track record, their perseverance and their commitment to children, the community and the beautiful grounds on which their campus lies. Their mission continues strong: to provide the best education for the keiki, bring families and community together and offer reasonable fees for the service they provide.

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2014
Waldorf was initially a leap of faith until I learned more about my misconceptions. Now, I cannot imagine sending my children to another school. The curriculum is rich, the faculty meet the needs of the children so deeply, and the parents are the most active school parents I have ever known. We feel so fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
I love our kid's school as it is a safe haven where the teachers and community alike really care for the children. It's a great community and the kids really love to learn in this environment where parents are invited to get very involved and also learn and participate in this process. The children are taught to be creative with many art and music classes and as well how to be creative thinkers with alternative approaches to learning traditional subjects such as math and English. I highly recommend this school if you are looking or a nurturing environment, where the children can be children while also learning and thriving in this healthy atmosphere in this ever-growing media influenced world we live in.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
My daughter chose this school for herself. However, we came to the campus a couple years prior and absolutely loved it. We really wanted to find a way for our daughter to go to the school and when she told us it was her favorite of all the schools we visited we knew we had to do it. Since then we have become ever increasingly grateful for the environment created at the school. Her teacher, the teaching methods, the grounds, the quality of the education; everything. It makes my daughter and our entire family feel so happy and peaceful that she attends this school. I am particularly grateful for how much my daughter loves her teacher and the fact that she is able to give her a big hug whenever she wants.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2014
I love this school and the faculty. My daughters adore their teachers and I feel very safe with the love and care they receive from everyone involved with this school. I am so grateful we have had the opportunity to be a part of such a sweet, loving community.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
I love this school.... I have 2 children there and we couldn't be more happy! The teachers are kind and loving and take the children's needs as individuals into their hearts everyday. My oldest is excelling academically and cause of title 1 tutoring she was tested at post high school reading and comprehension. They have both been there since kinderhale and have made friends to last a lifetime. We are proud to be Malamalama Waldorf School parents!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2013
Beware...... Teachers have a public school approach towards students . Definitely not a fun, vibrate, loving envoirment ! School is very unprofessional, unorganized. The only grade your child would be safe in is kinderhale .

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
What a wonderful, affordable Waldorf school. The staff is small and always eager to hear new ideas. The teachers are patient, firm and fun. Students actually LOVE their school and that says a lot. Tuition is extremely inexpensive for a Waldorf school. Most Waldorf schools are $3,000 and up a month, Malamalama is tiny fraction of that amount and yet still offers financial assistance. The classroom sizes are from 20 to 12 children in each and are beautifully organized. There is no bright plastic junky bins and toys at this school. If aesthetics are important to you this school will please you. The Rudolph Steiner education philosophies are not for everyone so naturally many people will criticize. It is a very artistic, creative, spiritual school that produces children who are innovative and driven as adults. Weekly activities besides the basics include Hawaiian studies, Spanish lessons, waterpainting, knitting, ukulele/violin lessons, singing & lots of movement. The school serves only fresh 100% organic vegetarian lunches & will cater to any diet (vegan, gluten free, meat eaters, etc). I couldn't be more pleased with this school and look forward to sending my third child here.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
My brothers and sisters, we were all at this school and we liked it to begin with. The teachers are very different some are really good and some are really not good. My teacher let bullying happen in the classroom every day to one child she didn't like and who she was mean to. I found our teacher crying in the classroom and she got mad at me and I felt very bad because I went back to get my schoolbag I forgot. There were two teachers that the parents complained about a lot but nothing changed. Some adults are upset because the school is not like a Waldorf school. I would have been happy for it to just be a good school. The elective teachers are really nice and there are lots of good things about the school. I did not feel safe with my teacher because I never knew what she was going to be like to me or the other kids. She made even the smart kids have extra tutoring because the school gets money for it I think. That made everyone feel like they were dumb. Some parents said no to extra tutoring for their kids and their kids did really well because they didn't feel dumb. The people in the office are very nice. I am rating the stars for my one teacher.

- submitted by a community member
December 22, 2010
We wish this was a better review. There are many good-hearted and well-intentioned people at the school but the lack of professionalism and rudeness we encountered became too much to have our children around. They now attend HAAS, which seems to have a much better idea of what the heart and rigor of Waldorf education means. We took our children out after trying it for a year.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
My daughter has completed two years at this school and my son is in preschool. Having moved here from the mainland, I can say with great confidence that there is no school that offers better education on this side of the island. The teachers are high caliber and are Waldorf trained. The school teaches math, reading, and science in a very creative, child-centered way, which makes learning so much more enjoyable. The teachers are so good at communicating with the parents about student progress so I know what areas my child needs extra help on. The small class sizes are a plus as teachers get to know their students so much better.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My daughter is in 3rd grade here. She transferred here out of public school, because the curriculum there was so watered down. What a difference! All the teachers I've met love their job here, and are dedicated. Smaller class sizes are great, and the teachers follow their students up till the eighth grade. What's not to love? I don't know why some reviews are so negative!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
Malamalama Waldorf is an excellent school! My child is happy, and is thriving. He is learning so much and is an avid reader because of the waldorf way of teaching reading. I am very please with our choice to send our son to Malamalama .

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
my son was in this school, but after one month with a teacher that should have retired years ago, I pulled him out. The kindness and fairness was NOT there, although the other specialty teachers were exceptional and appreciated, I did not have any other choice of core subjects teacher. The celebrations of weird icons/subjects was too much for us as well. Rather and odd approach to learning, not for us. Over the top tuition!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
Our daughter recently started at Malamalama and we could not be more pleased with the education that she is getting. It is a beautiful environement for her - both physically and emotionally harmonious for the childhood wonder years. The teaching curriculum is first rate and the overall Waldorf philosophy is very consistent with our family beliefs. The school is currently undergoing a lot of growth because many new families have moved into the area and are discovering this treasure.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
My 3 sons are past students of Malamalama Waldorf School. They all received a strong fundamental basis for their post elementary education. The eldest is a PhD (physics) candidate at UO; the second is soon to receive his BA in Business (all on his own dime); the third is a 4.0 high school studenet attending college-level classes through 'Running Start.' I think the environment for the students is unique and nurturing, and it is a great juxtaposition for our over-technical modern times.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
We are new to Waldorf education. Our first exposure to it's beauty was at Kona Pacific. When we came to the MWcampus, the intimate atmosphere and beautiful grounds were what we were looking for. Teachers and parents made our search complete. Next our decision was to also bring our middle schooler here from the west side of the island. We are very happy that we did, he loves it. All of his class mates in the 7/8 are great students and caring individuals. It isn't too much to ask for a middleschooler to be kind, respectful, &thoughtful. We found a good match, and my son's creativity has soared. I wished we'd started him sooner. At least his younger sister will have the opportunity to grow from this fantastic teaching.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
malamalama school is a disfuntional instution. I am a former parent and have done volenteer work at this school.The administration , board of directors, and teachers have shown a lack of respect for the concerns of the parents.parents concerns have been met with vindictiveness, arrogance, and lies. many of the good teachers and long time parents have gone. the school's reprutation in the community is horrid. I no longer have any children at this school and would not under any circumstances advise anyone to send their child to this school.This is a small school with a drastically declining enrollment. the numbers don't lie.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
Malamalama Waldorf School is wonderful. My son is in high school now doing great and we credit his years at Malamalama. The academic structure combined with numerous specialty classes really prepared him for the challenges of public high school. He is well rounded and accomplished. Well done Malamalama!!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
I can't believe my children are getting such a terrific education at such a reasonable cost. The school really bends over backwards to held those families who never even thought of private school before. Waldorf education is the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
The administration at malamalama is in complete shambles. The best teachers have retire from the school because of pressure to leave. I feel sadness posting this because there are deserving individuals at Malamalama and I believe in Waldorf, but this school is unfit to nurse the bright minds of our youth. Many of the teachers do not incorporate art into their cirriculum whih is displeasing at best. Look into other schools, Malamalama is losing students and faith each day.

- submitted by a parent
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Malamalama Waldorf School
Hc 3 Box 13068, Keaau, HI  96749
(808) 982-7701
Last modified Malamalama Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Malamalama Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top