- Waldorf Education
- Hawaiian Cultural Practices
- Sustainable Agriculture
Our curriculum offers a holistic, hands-on, projects-based education promoting student achievement in the academics, arts, social-emotional and character building, mindfulness, movement, gardening, and practical skills.
Our curriculum embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with a particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability through understanding and respect for the people, land and waters of Hawai’i. The curriculum is rich in the life-sustaining practices of land cultivation that are a vital part of Hawai‘i Island life. Waldorf education embraces the whole child: head, heart, and hands. The philosophy is based on the understanding of the developing human being as researched by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and educator, who founded the first Waldorf school in 1919. Today, this understanding of child development and approach to education is the foundation for the curriculum and methods of both public and private Waldorf schools around the world.
Waldorf education regards the child as an integrated being whose physical, emotional, and mental capacities thrive with proper engagement and guidance. It considers the arts, social-emotional and character building, and practical skills to be as important as, and essential complements of, the academics in child development. Academic studies are therefore enlivened and balanced with artistic and social activities, and each lesson engages the student’s need for thinking, feeling, and engaging.
In addition to such core subjects as language and literature, mathematics, social studies and history, and science, each student also learns to plant and tend a garden, sculpt, draw and paint, sing, recite poetry, play the recorder, perform in major dramatic productions, and engage in meaningful movement activities. Our after school Enrichment program offers additional opportunities for development, from archery to pathfinders, volleyball and yoga.
Waldorf education seeks to develop individuals who have a reverence for nature, a respect for others, and a lifelong love for learning, who can flourish wherever their imagination leads them.
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