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Kona Pacific Public Charter School is currently recruiting for the positions listed below. Please scroll down to read the full job posting for each position.

Kona Pacific is a public Waldorf charter school located on the beautiful west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Our school, which opened in 2008, has an enrollment of 215 students in two kindergartens and grades 1—8. Our public Waldorf curriculum currently includes Art, Movement, and Gardening. The three strands of our vision encompass Waldorf pedagogy, Hawaiian culture, and agriculture. We seek colleagues who will join us in this worthwhile work.

The west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the southernmost of the eight Hawaiian islands, and containing the southernmost point of the 50 U.S. states, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty of both land and ocean, mountains and valleys, cloud forests and beaches. The living here is still slow-paced and friendly, reflecting the spirit of Aloha that is at the heart of the island experience. The Big Island is well-named, as its land size is larger than that of the other seven Hawaiian islands combined. The climate is tropical and warm, in the 70s and 80s most days, year-round. The west coast of the Big Island is the dry side of the island, meaning that we have a wet season and a dry one. Our beautiful campus, with grassy slopes and bamboo groves, woods and playing fields, and splendid vistas of the Pacific Ocean, sits on the slope of Mauna Loa. We are a rural school serving a historically agricultural area.

Lower Grades Class Teacher

We seek a competent, caring and creative teacher to join our dynamic faculty and be the loving authority and inspired teacher for students in one of our lower grades in the 2020-21 school year. We offer a competitive public school teacher salary with annual step increases, and a benefits package that includes paid sick and personal leave, medical, dental and vision coverage, and the Hawaii Employee’s Retirement System. Staff children in the K-8 age range receive enrollment priority.


Our school, which opened in 2008, has an enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year of approximately 215 students in two kindergartens and grades 1—8. The three strands of our school's vision encompass Waldorf pedagogy, Hawaiian culture, and sustainable land stewardship. We invite colleague who feel called to join us in this deeply meaningful work.


Class Teacher qualifications:

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably with an education-related major

• Hawaii teaching license or permit required prior to the start of the school year (a permit can be obtained during the summer)

• Waldorf teaching certification or commitment to enroll in an approved training program (preferred)

• Ability to work well with colleagues, administration, and parents


Please submit to hiring@kppcs.org:

1) Professional resume

2) Letter of interest

3) Short biography

Special Education Teacher

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is seeking an experienced Special Education Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year to join our team. Our ideal candidate will have an understanding of Waldorf education and special education, and will be a professional with a passion for collaboration and serving the needs of our vulnerable students. We are looking for individuals with excellent communication skills, high expectations of themselves and their students, a sense of personal accountability, a confident classroom presence, and a positive "can-do" attitude. 

Kona Pacific serves a beautifully diverse population in Hawaii County. We strive to inspire each student at Kona Pacific to a high level of academic excellence, enthusiasm for learning, a healthy self-awareness, interest, and concern for others, and respect for the natural world. We highly value collaboration, teamwork, and mutual respect among our students and between our colleagues. We follow the Waldorf curriculum and methodology, with additional emphasis on sustainable agriculture and Hawaiian culture studies. 

Kona Pacific is an established charter school of thirteen years with 215 students K-8, and a staff of 35. When in normal operational mode, we offer vibrant field trips, festivals, performances, and fund-raisers. The team of faculty and staff are dedicated to our students and families, supportive of each other, and welcoming. We are located in the district of Kona, which is on the beautiful west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Our campus is fortunate to be on 38 acres of land with a diverse forest playground and school gardens. Hawaii has many significant cultural and sacred sites, and the indigenous culture and language are deeply valued in the life of the school. 

  • Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree; Special Education teaching experience

  • Highly-desirable qualifications: Waldorf credential and experience

  • Other desirable qualifications: Extensive teaching experience; Hawaii state teaching credentials

  • Start date: July 1, 2021

  • Compensation: Our SPED teachers are HIDOE employees and their salaries come from HIDOE rather than KPPCS.  Excellent state benefits and professional development and mentoring opportunities are included. If you have children in the K-8 age range, they receive enrollment priority.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to hiring@kppcs.org with “SPED Teacher" in the subject line. 

Executive Director

Kona Pacific Public Charter School (KPPCS), a vibrant, Waldorf inspired K through 8th grade charter school, located in Kealakekua, Hawaii, is seeking a new Executive Director, beginning in spring of 2021. The School is at an exciting juncture of its history, having just been awarded a 6-year charter extension. We are looking for a proven leader ready to foster the continued growth of the School into the future.

Through collaborative leadership, the Executive Director is responsible for facilitating the work of governance, faculty, administration, and community to achieve the strategic goals for KPPCS.

Working closely with the schoolteachers, the operations team, and the Governing Board, the successful candidate will:

  • Be committed to the ideals of Waldorf education

  • Have experience working in a Title 1 and/or Waldorf school

  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree

  • Further the school’s vision and facilitate strategic planning for KPPCS

  • Demonstrate the desire and ability to foster an environment of social inclusion and diversity

  • Demonstrate a commitment to curriculum reflecting our Hawaiian Charter Strand

  • Oversee the school’s administration, including financial, legal, pedagogical, and operational matters

  • Have demonstrated administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Be able to work effectively with the Teachers, Governing Board, and staff

  • As Head of School, represent the School to parents, the larger community, professional organizations, and support fundraising efforts.

  • KPPCS is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. As an equal opportunity employer, we enthusiastically welcome all qualified applicants for employment consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, political affiliation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran’s status.


Compensation for this full-time salaried position is based on experience and includes a full benefit package including the State of Hawaii Retirement (ERS).

A complete position description is available upon request. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to board@kppcs.org, Attn: Zac Hosler, Governing Board President.

Substitute Teachers

Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua seeks substitute teachers for grades Kindergarten through 8. 

We are looking for individuals who are flexible, enjoy learning new things, are willing to rise to meet challenges, and love working with children. 

Minimum Qualifications: Teaching license or state certification to substitute teach, and attendance at a Kona Pacific Public Charter School Substitute Orientation.

Please email the school: philc@kppcs.org, or call at 808-322-4900 if you are interested.

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

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