About HWS


Since 1972, Haleakala Waldorf School has fostered a tradition of excellence. While steeped in the hundred year old Waldorf tradition, the school's program is also flexible, modern and creative. It is geared directly towards meeting both the developmental needs of children and adolescents as well as preparing students for our increasingly complex and interconnected global 21st century world.

Our school serves students from infancy and early childhood through high school with a preschool, two kindergartens, Lower School, Middle School and High School classes. Haleakala Waldorf School is located on two campuses: the early childhood classes and grades 1-8 are located on the Kealahou campus in Upcountry Kula, Maui, a rural plantation-era campus of five acres on the gentle slopes of Mt. Haleakala. The campus is surrounded by nearby green pastures, and boasts biodynamic gardens, a large outdoor amphitheatre, and sweeping bi-coastal ocean views from the historic buildings. The Kaluanui High School campus is located on the beautiful grounds of the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Institute.

Haleakala Waldorf School's enrollment is approaching 300 students, and it was the first Waldorf school to receive a triple crown of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North American, and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. We are a dynamic community of enthusiastic students, involved parents, experienced, spirited teachers, a strong administration, and a dedicated Board of Trustees.


Why the name...Haleakala...SACRED HOUSE OF THE SUN?

The summit of Haleakala, Maui's shield volcano, represents many things to the people of Hawai'i. The ancient use of Haleakala was spiritual in nature, and the summit was considered a wahi pana, or sacred site. It is said to be a place where the tones of ancient prayer are balanced within the vortex of energy for spiritual manifestations. Indeed, it is a place of prayer. The true name of this special place is Ala hea a ka la - the path to calling the sun...perhaps the sun within ourselves.