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Honolulu Waldorf School (Kula Ho‘omohala Pua)
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About Us:

Honolulu Waldorf School was founded in 1961 by a group of friends who shared a deep interest in the work of Rudolf Steiner. Zena Schuman, Betty C. Wilson, Eric Wakefield, J. Edwin Whitlow, and Peter Lee had the vision, intentions, generosity, and actions to bring the school into existence and nurture its growth. It was through Zena’s friendship with Clorinda and Charles Lucas that the group acquired the parcel of Niu Valley land that is the school campus. During this time, the late Reverend Abraham Akaka gave the school its Hawaiian name: Kula Ho‘omohala Pua, which translates appropriately to “school of the blossoming child.”


The Waldorf curriculum is designed to serve students from the Early Childhood years through Grade 8 and is dedicated to supporting the natural development of the child using fine and practical arts, movement, and a rigorous academic program starting in the grades. Although the school year begins in August, we welcome new students into our classes throughout the year, as space permits.


At Honolulu Waldorf School, we educate each child to find meaning, passion, and purpose in life and to contribute to the creation of a better world for all. Through a curriculum based on the developmental stages of the human being and on the integration of art and academics, our children learn to meet the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion and moral strength, and with the courage and freedom to act.


Admission Policy:

HWS aims to accept a wide range of students into the school who desire the values and benefits of a Waldorf education. We welcome and include families from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds.



Learn about Waldorf education from the early years, including our lively and nurturing Nursery and Parent-Child programs, through the academics of our Middle School. Ask questions, tour the school campus, and find out why the Honolulu Waldorf School, with its well-rounded curriculum, may be the school you’ve been searching for.


The school tours are adult-only events, and childcare is not provided. Children applying to middle school are welcome to attend the school tour with their parent or guardian.


Make an appointment for a tour or to inquire about our next virtual open house by emailing or calling our Enrollment Manager at (808) 377-5491


Honolulu Waldorf School

(Pre-school through Grade 8)

350 Ulua Street

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96821

(808) 377-5471


Non-Discrimination Statement:

HWS admits students of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation to the school, and provides to each student all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at HWS. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected under federal or Hawai‘i law in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other HWS-administered program.

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