Malamalama Waldorf School

Hc 3 Box 13068, Keaau, HI 96749
(808) 982-7701

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 85 students 8 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

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About this school

Malamalama Waldorf School is a private middle school in Keaau. The principal of Malamalama Waldorf School is Kelley Lacks, who can be contacted at 85 students go to Malamalama Waldorf School and identify mostly as Native American or Native Alaskan, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Malamalama Waldorf School is 8:1. Pahoa High & Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% %
Hispanic 5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 43% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 21% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% %
Asian 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My three children attended Malamalama Waldorf school. You will not find a more nurturing environment and the children are exposed to such a rich curriculum. If you are thinking of sending your child to this school just make arrangements to visit and see what wonderful things the children do during the course of their day. I did and I was sold!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love our school. My child is enrolled in preschool at the moment but we definitely plan to become full time for her education from here on out. She has become such a well rounded engaged excited about learning child in the last year. This school is a well researched and continuously positive outcome education system. Children who attend this school get to see their creativity fostered and lead in their learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been enrolled in the Malamalama Waldorf School for 6 years going on our 7th! We have had an excellent educational and community experience. What we love most about the school 1. the respect and care living in all the students and teachers for each other. 2. the attachment that grows between the student and teacher is positive thriving and essential for growth and openness and excitement for learning 3. the small class size and the rigor of the academic curriculum. 4. the developmentally appropriate lessons (and value of the story as a teacher) 5. the priority of patience and time taken for younger students to grow and learn through deep playtime We have been very lucky to receive such a valuable education at an incredibly reasonable rate. Thank you!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great little school. My daughter is getting a great education in a place where she is safe and feels respected. She loves to go to school and she loves to learn. Malamalama students consistently do well in high school and beyond. Malamalama still offers many of the opportunities that have been stripped from the public schools including art music public speaking physical education foreign languages and recess.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! Best choice in east Hawaii. My children attended kinderhale to 8th grade and wonderful experience. Both my children love to learn and read constantly. Thank you MWS! Jennifer Bell

  • (1 year ago)

    If you love the teaching concepts of Waldorf schools you'll love this school. Better teacher-to-student ratio than any in the area loving environment. My favorite thing about the school is how active the students are. They do not sit all day in their chairs as they would in other schools. The preschool is wonderful too. The teachers are very loving nutritious food is included. The children climb trees play extensively in the sandbox and are encouraged to be creative. Highly recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Malamalama Waldorf School has proven to be the perfect fit for my daughter this year. Every day she went it seemed she loved it more and more. The main treasures are the personable teachers who KNOW my daughter and all the kids on a soul level the sacred space they create which ALLOWS the children to bloom in their very unique ways the fact that is it normal to eat vegetarian and the sensitivity to honor the foods at mealtimes the nature centered education which sustains the natural flow of how i know my child learns grows and experiences life and the feeling of community and cherishing of every child and their magic expressions of life.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has proven time and time again to be the right fit! Awesome teachers hard woe king staff and happy children great recipe!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter chose this school for herself. However we came to the campus a couple years prior and absolutely loved it. We really wanted to find a way for our daughter to go to the school and when she told us it was her favorite of all the schools we visited we knew we had to do it. Since then we have become ever increasingly grateful for the environment created at the school. Her teacher the teaching methods the grounds the quality of the education; everything. It makes my daughter and our entire family feel so happy and peaceful that she attends this school. I am particularly grateful for how much my daughter loves her teacher and the fact that she is able to give her a big hug whenever she wants.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love our kid's school as it is a safe haven where the teachers and community alike really care for the children. It's a great community and the kids really love to learn in this environment where parents are invited to get very involved and also learn and participate in this process. The children are taught to be creative with many art and music classes and as well how to be creative thinkers with alternative approaches to learning traditional subjects such as math and English. I highly recommend this school if you are looking or a nurturing environment where the children can be children while also learning and thriving in this healthy atmosphere in this ever-growing media influenced world we live in.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been here since 1978 educating and nurturing thousands of children; birthing them onto their next chapter of life. I am so impressed with their track record their perseverance and their commitment to children the community and the beautiful grounds on which their campus lies. Their mission continues strong to provide the best education for the keiki bring families and community together and offer reasonable fees for the service they provide.

  • (1 year ago)

    Waldorf was initially a leap of faith until I learned more about my misconceptions. Now I cannot imagine sending my children to another school. The curriculum is rich the faculty meet the needs of the children so deeply and the parents are the most active school parents I have ever known. We feel so fortunate.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school and the faculty. My daughters adore their teachers and I feel very safe with the love and care they receive from everyone involved with this school. I am so grateful we have had the opportunity to be a part of such a sweet loving community.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school.... I have 2 children there and we couldn't be more happy! The teachers are kind and loving and take the children's needs as individuals into their hearts everyday. My oldest is excelling academically and cause of title 1 tutoring she was tested at post high school reading and comprehension. They have both been there since kinderhale and have made friends to last a lifetime. We are proud to be Malamalama Waldorf School parents!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Beware...... Teachers have a public school approach towards students . Definitely not a fun vibrate loving envoirment ! School is very unprofessional unorganized. The only grade your child would be safe in is kinderhale .

  • (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful affordable Waldorf school. The staff is small and always eager to hear new ideas. The teachers are patient firm and fun. Students actually LOVE their school and that says a lot. Tuition is extremely inexpensive for a Waldorf school. Most Waldorf schools are $3 000 and up a month Malamalama is tiny fraction of that amount and yet still offers financial assistance. The classroom sizes are from 20 to 12 children in each and are beautifully organized. There is no bright plastic junky bins and toys at this school. If aesthetics are important to you this school will please you. The Rudolph Steiner education philosophies are not for everyone so naturally many people will criticize. It is a very artistic creative spiritual school that produces children who are innovative and driven as adults. Weekly activities besides the basics include Hawaiian studies Spanish lessons waterpainting knitting ukulele/violin lessons singing & lots of movement. The school serves only fresh 100% organic vegetarian lunches & will cater to any diet (vegan gluten free meat eaters etc). I couldn't be more pleased with this school and look forward to sending my third child here.

  • (4 years ago)

    My brothers and sisters we were all at this school and we liked it to begin with. The teachers are very different some are really good and some are really not good. My teacher let bullying happen in the classroom every day to one child she didn't like and who she was mean to. I found our teacher crying in the classroom and she got mad at me and I felt very bad because I went back to get my schoolbag I forgot. There were two teachers that the parents complained about a lot but nothing changed. Some adults are upset because the school is not like a Waldorf school. I would have been happy for it to just be a good school. The elective teachers are really nice and there are lots of good things about the school. I did not feel safe with my teacher because I never knew what she was going to be like to me or the other kids. She made even the smart kids have extra tutoring because the school gets money for it I think. That made everyone feel like they were dumb. Some parents said no to extra tutoring for their kids and their kids did really well because they didn't feel dumb. The people in the office are very nice. I am rating the stars for my one teacher.

  • (4 years ago)

    We wish this was a better review. There are many good-hearted and well-intentioned people at the school but the lack of professionalism and rudeness we encountered became too much to have our children around. They now attend HAAS which seems to have a much better idea of what the heart and rigor of Waldorf education means. We took our children out after trying it for a year.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has completed two years at this school and my son is in preschool. Having moved here from the mainland I can say with great confidence that there is no school that offers better education on this side of the island. The teachers are high caliber and are Waldorf trained. The school teaches math reading and science in a very creative child-centered way which makes learning so much more enjoyable. The teachers are so good at communicating with the parents about student progress so I know what areas my child needs extra help on. The small class sizes are a plus as teachers get to know their students so much better.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in 3rd grade here. She transferred here out of public school because the curriculum there was so watered down. What a difference! All the teachers I've met love their job here and are dedicated. Smaller class sizes are great and the teachers follow their students up till the eighth grade. What's not to love? I don't know why some reviews are so negative!

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