2016 Private School Guide


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Honolulu Waldorf School


PhotoS: Honolulu Waldorf School


Honolulu Waldorf School, established in 1961, is a co-educational school serving 300 children from early childhood through high school. The original Nursery through Grade 8 school is on a beautiful monkey pod tree-shaded campus in Honolulu’s Niu Valley. The High School has a lovely oceanfront property in Aina Haina. Based on the educational insights of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world, with more than 1,000 Waldorf schools on six continents.


Waldorf education, grounded in a deep understanding of the growing human being, offers developmentally based, age-appropriate learning. Children’s abilities and ways of perceiving and addressing the world are different at different stages of their lives, and Waldorf education addresses the child’s needs at every age. Each child is embraced as a unique intellectual, spiritual, and physical being and a vital part of a caring community.


“Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” – William Butler Yeats


Our expanded Early Childhood program, including twice weekly parent-child classes, is rich in lively imaginative play, story, art, music, and movement, all in a loving community of friendship, joy, and learning.


In the elementary grades and high school, the curriculum integrates strong academics with practical, experiential, and artistic work in a rich multicultural setting. An artistic approach to learning permeates the curriculum. It infuses core academics such as mathematics, the humanities, science, and the foreign languages (Spanish and Japanese) that are taught from first grade. Music, movement, Hawaiian studies, drama, and fine and applied arts are taught as separate subjects by specialty teachers. At every age and in every class, observation, hands-on experience, and reflection are vital components of learning.


Contributing to both the present and future, developing a strong moral compass, and making a difference in something larger than oneself are emphasized in school work, community service and service learning, artistic ventures, foreign exchange, and in interscholastic activities in academics, the arts, and competitive sports.


Honolulu Waldorf School welcomes children and their families of all races, religions, nationalities, and ethnicities into our ‘ohana, our family. To learn about Waldorf education from early childhood through high school, please attend a school tour.


Weekly tours available

Visit our website: honoluluwaldorf.org, (808) 377-5471



Niu Campus (Preschool-Grade 8): 350 Ulua St., Honolulu, HI 9682,
(808) 377-5471, niu@honoluluwaldorf.org

Makai Campus (High School): 5257 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96821, 
(808) 735-9311, makai@honoluluwaldorf.org

honoluluwaldorf.org, admissions@honoluluwaldorf.org


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