Honolulu Waldorf School
Photos: Honolulu Waldorf School
Dr. Jocelyn Romero Demirbag
Families choose Honolulu Waldorf School for their children because we offer experiential learning, we work with the whole child, and our program aligns with developmentally based milestones. Parents choose Honolulu Waldorf School for themselves because we offer them a community that they can fully participate in, as well as their children!” Dr. Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, Administrative Director, also says, “We want education to be meaningful for the students. Each child is here to accomplish a speciﬁc mission. It is our job to help remove obstacles from the child’s path and to provide a wide array of experiences that will develop as many of the child’s capacities as possible.”
Experiential learning is hands-on learning that uses and creates a variety of pathways to memory. Students form a relationship with whatever topic they are studying so that learning is neither abstract nor formulaic. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We work holistically because each part of you is essential—school is not only for your intellect or to get a certain SAT score. At Waldorf, your head, heart and hands, as well as your body, mind and spirit are all recognized as integral to living as a contributing and fulfilled human being.
When learning is aligned with a student’s development, it happens much more naturally, easily and meaningfully. There is no evidence to suggest that the earlier you learn calculus the more satisfying your life will be, or the better job you will obtain. Learning that is in sync with brain development is less frustrating.
Our teachers infuse visual, performance and practical arts into the 1st–12th grade curriculum, which includes science, math, language arts, literature, history, international languages and Hawaiian studies. We also offer international exchange, service learning and competitive sports programs.
Honolulu Waldorf School was established in 1961 and serves co-ed students from preschool through high school. We also offer parent-child classes, beginning in infancy, that include parenting support. The early childhood department and grades 1–8 are located at our Niu Valley campus amongst majestic monkeypod trees. Our high school is located on Kalaniana‘ole Highway in ‘Aina Haina and is oceanfront along Maunalua Bay. We welcome students and families from all races, religions, national origins, ethnicities, color and sexual orientation to our school ‘ohana. To learn more about Waldorf education, please call to schedule a school tour.
Niu Campus (Birth – Grade 8) 350 Ulua St., Honolulu, HI 96821, (808) 377-5471;
Makai Campus (High School) 5257 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96821, (808) 735-9311, honoluluwaldorf.org