Article in West Hawaii Today on the Importance of Preschool

April 25th, 2016 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

Hawaii Montessori Schools was recently featured in an article in West Hawaii Today highlighting the importance of preschool and the positive impact it can have on the early brain development of children. That’s why parents should try to view preschool not simply as an expense, but as an investment in the future of your child.

“The biggest expense for any preschool is staffing,” said Executive Director of Hawaii Montessori Schools Angeline Geldhof, who employs 20 staff members between the organization’s two campuses in Kona and Waimea. “We are accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which means we have to set higher standards in terms of staffing our programs, what we provide, our equipment and our facilities. Hawaii Montessori, which has not raised tuition in two years, still charges $10,200 for year-round care, including the summer months.

Despite the dents preschool makes in pocketbooks, which can be daunting for some parents, Director of the Executive Office on Early Learning Lauren Moriguchi said dismissing pre-kindergarten education as an unaffordable, inessential luxury is a mistake.

“Research has shown that 85 percent of brain development occurs before the age of 5,” Moriguchi said. “I would say it’s more important for kids to attend preschool than college.”

A position statement of the Southern Early Childhood Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, says that a child will develop 1,000 trillion synapses — connections between brain cells — during the first three years of his or her life. The more positive the environment, the more effective the child’s learning functions will be as the child ages.

“Experiences and interactions shape children’s brains and design the neural architecture that will influence how they will handle all future experiences,” according to the position statement. “If an infant gets too little stimulation, affection, language and human contact, the development of the brain that depends on those experiences will be deterred or will fail to progress.”

In Hawaii, there are tens of thousands of children missing out on proper education during this vital stage of development. And it isn’t simply a problem of affordability, but also one of opportunity. According to Child Care Aware of America, there were as many as 66,000 children under the age of 6 in need of pre-kindergarten care in the state in 2015, but only 37,000 childcare spaces available.

Hawaii does not allow for public funding of private preschools, but various state programs exist to try and bridge the gap. Geldhof said there are also subsidy programs for families interested exclusively in private preschool education, including Childcare Connections, Preschool Open Doors, the Federal Indigenous Peoples Grant and First to Work. Hawaii Montessori also offers in-house financial aid, which can cut costs by up to 20 percent for those families who qualify.”



Kona Campus Calendar for 2015-2016

September 30th, 2015 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Kamuela Campus Calendar for 2015-2016

September 30th, 2015 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Your are invited to our Open Houses

April 29th, 2014 by Angeline Geldhof

Families of current and prospective students between the ages of 15 months – 6 years old are invited to attend an Open House from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 7th at our Kona Campus, 74-978 Manawalea St., in Kailua-Kona and on Thursday, May 8th at our Kamuela Campus, 64-1058 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea. Visitors will have an opportunity to visit classrooms, learn about the school and its programs, including financial aid opportunities, and meet faculty members and administration

Hawaii Montessori Schools has been part of the West Hawaii community since 1980. The school provides quality education for children ages 15 months through 6 years of age using the principles and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. The classroom environments are well prepared and allow the children to develop at their own speed, according to each child’s own capacities in a non-competitive atmosphere. Learning takes place through the child’s own discovery and experience. Observers of Montessori students have described them as having developed self-discipline, self-knowledge, self-esteem and independence, as well as enthusiasm for learning, an organized approach to problem solving, and academic skills. Hawaii Montessori Schools has been recognized on the State and Federal levels as being an excellent provider of early childhood education.

For more information, contact Angeline Geldhof, Executive Director, at 329-0700 in Kona and at 885-7683 in Kamuela or e-mail [email protected] To learn more about Hawaii Montessori Schools’ programs please visit our website at



Kona Campus Calendar for 2014-2015

April 23rd, 2014 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Kamuela Campus Calendar for 2014-2015

April 23rd, 2014 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Hawai’i Montessori Schools to host Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program Information Meetings.

March 25th, 2014 by Angeline Geldhof

–Hawai‘i Montessori Schools will be hosting information meetings about Kamehameha Schools’ Pauahi Keiki Scholars program.–

Lehua Kaulukukui of Kamehameha Schools will be providing information sessions about the Pauahi Keiki Scholars program at Hawai‘i Montessori Schools Kamuela and Kona Campuses. The sessions will begin at 5:00 pm and will be held at the Kona Campus on Monday, March 31st and at the Kamuela Campus on Thursday, April 3rd.

If your child is of Hawaiian Ancestry and was born in years 2009, 2010 and 2011 they may qualify as a recipient of Pauahi Keiki Scholars (PKS). PKS assists families with tuition costs so that they can send their children to a preschool from Kamehameha Schools’ Collaborating Schools list.

Hawai‘i Montessori Schools (HMS) offers high quality early childhood education programs for children ages 15 months – 6 years old. Through the assistance of grants from foundations such as the County of Hawai’i Non-Profit Grant in Aid, the G. N. Wilcox Trust, the McInerny Foundation, and the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, Hawai‘i Montessori Schools is able to offer Financial Aid to qualifying families. HMS is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is fully licensed with the Department of Human Services. Hawai‘i Montessori Schools has also been recognized as the “Best Preschool of North Hawai‘i for four years in a row.

To get directions and contact information for Hawai‘i Montessori Schools’ campuses or to learn more about our programs, please call Kamuela–885-7683 or Kona–329-0700.



Kona Campus Newsletter – February 2014

February 4th, 2014 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Kamuela Campus Newsletter – February 2014

February 4th, 2014 by Hawaii Montessori Schools

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Kamuela News February 2014 (3.1 MB PDF)



The 14th Annual WinterFest is almost here!

December 12th, 2013 by Angeline Geldhof

Hawaiian Christmas - WinterFest 2012 Our 14th Annual WinterFest is this Saturday, December 14th at Hale Halawai. It begins at 10:00am with the Hawai’i Montessori Schools’ Student holiday performance.

A Silent Auction will feature dozens of items and services donated from community businesses including items from:

  • 31 Bags
  • Artistic Creations Tattoo Studio
  • ATV Outfitters Hawai’i
  • Big Island Candies
  • Big Island Kine / Eelsking Outlet
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • Body Glove Cruisesli>
  • Captain Zodiac Raft Adventures
  • Costco
  • Darren Gee’s Spirit of Golf Academy
  • Hannan’s Barber Shop
  • Hawai’i Opera Theatre
  • Huggo’s
  • Jamba Juice
  • Junior Music Academy
  • Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant
  • Kiwailukia Big Island Hawaii
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Kona Boys
  • Kona Coffee and Tea Compnay
  • Kona Stories Books
  • KTA Super Stores
  • LehuaJewelers
  • Merrimans Market Cafe
  • Molina Chiropractic
  • Ocean Sports Waikoloa
  • Oragami Owl
  • Persimmon’s
  • Sports Authority
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Waipio Ride the Rim
  • Wal-Mart
  • Art work by local artists: David Ward, Noelani Waters and Carol Zakahi

Admission to WinterFest is free, and each booth requires a nominal fee for participation. Coupon books, valued at $16+, may be purchased for $10.00 in advance at both the Kona and Kamuela Campuses of Hawai‘i Montessori Schools. The coupon books include tickets for crafts, games and bouncer activities. We hope to see you there!