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Article in West Hawaii Today on the Importance of Preschool

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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.”


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

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

–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.


The 14th Annual WinterFest is almost here!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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!


EARTHfest at Hawai’i Montessori Schools – Kamuela Campus

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Montessori EARTHfest 2013Hawai‘i Montessori Schools – Kamuela Campus will be holding their EARTHfest celebration on Saturday, April 27th from 7 am to 12 noon. In the spirit of Renew, Reuse and Recycle there will be a HI-5 Recycling sorting center, student-grown plant sale, activities for the children, food for sale and a huge indoor rummage sale.

The school is located at 64-1058 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96740 (next door to the Big Island Brewhaus).

This fundraiser is a collaboration of both the Kamuela and Kona campuses of Hawai‘i Montessori Schools. If you have gently used items you would like to donate to the Rummage Sale we will gladly accept them. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for our playground improvements, enrichment programs and classroom materials.


Join Us for the 13th Annual WinterFest at the Keauhou Shopping Center

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Families can kick off the holiday season with a day of craft-making, games, face painting, music and more at the 13th Annual WinterFest at Keauhou Shopping Center Courtyard from 10:00am to 1:30pm on Saturday, December 8th. The WinterFest is put on by Hawai‘i Montessori Schools – Kona Campus and is one of the school’s largest fundraisers.

Children can chose to make an assortment of festive crafts at the craft tables, win prizes at a variety of “everyone wins” game booths, play in a party bouncer, make their way through the train maze, climb up the rock climbing wall, have their face and hair painted and can enjoy horseback rides. The whole family will enjoy browsing the sweets and savories at a sumptuous bake sale, as well as the various vendors and businesses of the Keauhou Shopping Center.

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

  • Los Habaneros
  • ATV Outfitters Hawai’i
  • Bentleys Home Collection
  • Captain Zodiac Raft Adventures
  • Fair Winds
  • PIER 39 San Fransisco
  • Ride the Rim ATV Tours
  • Pizza Hut
  • Body Glove
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Imagination Movers
  • Half-Day Charter on the “Ihu Nui”
  • KTA-Keauhou
  • Mi’s Italian Bistro and Wine & Cheese Shoppe
  • Ocean Sports
  • Costco
  • Just Tacos
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Atlantis
  • Kona Country Club
  • West Hawaii Dance Academy
  • Persimmon’s
  • Kona Stories Books
  • Full-Day Charter on the “Integrity”
  • KBXtreme
  • Ironman Triathlon
  • Jack’s Diving Locker
  • Club of Kona

Hawai‘i Montessori Schools students will provide a special holiday performance at 10:00am, just prior to the onset of festivities. We will also be featuring entertainment from the Temana Rose Tahitian Dance Halau and West Hawaii Dance Academy. Children will also be able to have their picture taken with Santa Claus between 12:00 – 1:00pm.

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 and at Los Habaneros in the Keauhou Shopping Center. The coupon books include tickets for crafts, games and bouncer activities. We hope to see you there!

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MAHALO for voting us Best Preschool of North Hawai’i!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

We are so proud to be named Best Preschool of North Hawai’i for a third year in a row! Our families, staff, and board of directors work diligently to provide our students the very best in early childhood education. Using the Montessori Method we are able to give the students a solid foundation for their whole development — mind, body, and spirit.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. It is our pleasure to assist families with financial aid programs, making attending Hawai’i Montessori Schools an affordable and superior childcare option.

We thank all of you who voted for us and truly appreciated your confidence and support for what we do at Hawai’i Montessori. It is our honor and privilege to be able to be a part of our students lives during the most important time of their development.

Mahalo nui loa.


A Sneak Peek at some of our Annual Luau Benefit Silent Auction Items

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

We are excited to give you a sneak peek at some of our Silent Auction Items for our Annual Lu’au Benefit at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center on Saturday, September 29th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Hawai’i Montessori Schools Kamuela and Kona Campuses. For more information please call (808)885-7683.

  • Kohala Divers: Two Gift Certificates at $75 each
  • Lehua Jewlers: $50 Gift Certificate
  • Huggo’s Restaurant: Two Gift Certificates at $25 each
  • The Club in Kona: One Month Membership
  • Eliza Cahill, Artist: Pencil Holder Sculpture
  • Pacific Massage Services: Sixty-minute Massage
  • Bentleys: Nature’s Garden Cookie Jar
  • Halekulani Resort: 2-Night Stay in an Ocean View Room for Two
  • Waipio Ride the Rim: Two Seats on ATV Tour
  • Ocean Sports Waikoloa: 5:00pm Champagne Sunset Sail for Two
  • Body Glove Cruises: Admission for 2 on any Body Glove Cruise
  • Captain Zodiac: Raft & Snorkel for 2
  • Dolphin Quest, Hilton Waikoloa: VIP Program for Two
  • Fair Wind Cruises: Afternoon Snorkel & Snack Cruise for 2
  • Atlantis Submarines: Admission for Two to Submarine Ride
  • Hapuna Prince Fitness Center: 10-Class Fitness Center Card
  • Big Island Eco Adventures, LLC: Gift Certificate for Zip Line Adventure for 2
  • Ramona Frances, Artist: A “Photocrylic” of Peach Blossoms
  • Hollywood Theatres: Five Movie Passes
  • Blue Dragon Bodyworks: 60-minute Massage with Renee Romano
  • TD Restaurants: Gift Certificate to Pizza Hut or Taco Bell
  • Volcano Island Honey Company: 6 Jars of Organic Rare White Honey
  • Ride The Rim: Waipio Valley ATV Ride for Two
  • Healthways II: Gift Certificate at $50
  • San Francisco’s PIER 39 Activities: Family Fun Pack
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company: Gift Basket
  • Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill: Gift Certificate at $75
  • Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: Gift Certificate to Hakone at $100
  • Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant: Gift Certificate at $100
  • Big Island Candies: Gift Certificate at $50
  • Waimea Coffee Company: Gift Certificate at $30
  • Lakeshore Learning Materials: Panda Bamboo Village Blocks
  • Waikiki Aquarium: Admission for 4
  • Scott Cahill, Artist: Original Painting of Anthurium
  • ATV Outfitters Hawai’i: Gift Certificate for Historical Ocean Cliff & Ditch trail


Monday, June 11th, 2012

HMS Kamuela Campus will be hosting A Father’s Day Fundraising Car Wash Event this Saturday, June 16th from 8am – 2pm. ALL proceeds go towards our Teacher Continuing Education Programs! Hot dogs and sodas will be available while you wait for your car to be cleaned. Tickets are $12 for a complete wash, or $17 for a wash and interior vacuum! Car wash will be held at the Hawai’i Montessori Schools Kamuela Campus – 64-1058 Mamalahoa Hwy; Kamuela – next to the Big Island Brewhaus. Come on by to support a good cause and get your car cleaned!


Kamuela Campus presents it’s 19th Annual Earth Day Rummage Sale

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Hawai’i Montessori Schools – Kamuela Campus is proud to present our 19th Annual Earth Day Rummage Sale at our campus on Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

HMS Kamuela Campus is located at 64-1058 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea (next to the Big Island Brewhaus). Items for sale include children and adult clothing, housewares, toys, books, electronic equipment, small appliances, furniture, office supplies, etc. We will also be having a bake sale which includes Mamane Bakery’s Famous Cake Loaves and Portuguese Sweet Breads.

If you have gently used items that you need to pass on then please drop them off beginning Monday, April 16th.

For more information about this event or about our programs please call (808) 885-7683.


Kona Campus Open House on Wednesday, April 11th, 8:30 – 10:30 am

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Hawaii Montessori Schools – Kona Campus will hold an Open House on Wednesday, April 11th, 8:30 – 10:30 am.

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 am., on Wednesday, April 11th at 74-978 Manawale’a Street, Kailua-Kona. Families will have an be able to visit classrooms, meet current families, 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 or Maya Wheaton, Campus Director at 329-0700 or e-mail [email protected] To learn more about Hawaii Montessori Schools’ programs please visit our website at