Honolulu Waldorf School

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Honolulu Waldorf School, established in 1961, is a coeducational, independent school serving more than 300 children from early childhood through high school located on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. The original Nursery through Grade 8 school, founded in 1961, is on a monkey pod tree-shaded campus in Honolulu’s Niu Valley (21°16.769′N 157°47.243′W / 21.279483°N 157.787383°W / 21.279483; -157.787383) at 350 Ulua Street in Niu Valley.

The high school began in 1994 with its first freshmen class and graduated its first class of seniors in 1998. As of May, 2009 the high school campus was located in the Honolulu suburb of Kahala. It was relocated to an oceanfront property at 5257 Kalanianaole Highway in Aina Haina, in August of the same year (21°16.510′N 157°45.208′W / 21.275167°N 157.753467°W / 21.275167; -157.753467).

Based on the educational insights of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world, with more than 1,000 Waldorf schools on six continents.


As a part of Waldorf education, the Honolulu Waldorf School teaches what is developmentally appropriate beginning in early childhood and ending at Grade 12.

In the high school, the academic year is apportioned into three to four week blocks called Main Lessons, whereby a subject such as science, history, math or English is taught for two hours every morning. Throughout the year students are presented a range of topics including oceanography, Shakespeare, botany, foundations of democracy, comedy and tragedy, Faust, zoology, biochemistry, physiology and analytical geometry.


Instead of school policies and curricula being created and maintained by a principal, the entire faculty administer the school through communal discussions and consensus decisions.

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Coordinates: 21°16′44″N 157°47′13″W / 21.279003°N 157.787040°W / 21.279003; -157.787040