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Mālamapōkiʻi is a licensed family-based early childhood program offering a high quality, developmentally appropriate program that fosters both independence and socialization in a stimulating, safe, and caring environment of aloha. Founded in 2001 by the Kanu o ka Āina Learning ʻOhana (KALO), it currently serves keiki from three to six years of age, providing a place where children and families are nurtured together.
The preschool program is designed to honor the unique learning styles of Native Hawaiian children in order to provide a direct connection to their cultural identity, traditional customs and practices, the language of their ancestors, and their ʻāina (land). Hawaiian values and practices are embedded within an integrated curriculum that is based on early childhood theories, standards and practices. The curriculum addresses the child’s cultural development, social-emotional development, language and literacy development, cognitive development and physical and motor development.

Mālamapōkiʻi has the added distinction of being the first bi-lingual preschool program in which keiki learn the two official languages of our state—English and Hawaiian. Kumu from both the preschool and elementary program collaborate to ensure a seamless transition for keiki from Mālamapōkiʻi into the regular school’s Hawaiian focused curriculum. Staff members are experienced educators with strong ties to the Waimea community. Parent and family involvement is an integral component of the program.