Our Mission

MHOK is a community committed to providing a sound, secure, and stable environment in which each child may achieve his or her potential.  A high quality Montessori education, combined with contemporary methods and materials, lays the foundation for children to become self-motivated, personally and socially responsible, life-long learners.

Our Values

Passion for Work & Learning      Grace & Courtesy      Freedom & Responsibility

Competence & Confidence      Pono      Individuality      Leadership      Stewardship


Montessori Hale O Keiki (MHOK) is a non-profit 501(c)3, non-sectarian, privately funded, alternative education program serving children ages 2.8-14 years of age/Preschool – 8th grade.

The creation of Montessori Hale O Keiki is testimony to the needs and dedication of the community that it serves.  In 1990 a Board of Directors was established and through community support in business consulting, monetary donations, and labor donations, a site was found, purchased and renovated.  MHOK opened as a preschool in September of 1991 with over 50% of the required funds provided by private individuals from the Maui community.  In 1994 MHOK opened a lower elementary school.  In 1998, the school completed the purchase and renovation of a new elementary school building on Kanakanui Road in Kihei, with 49% of the budget met by private donations of money, goods, labor, equipment and discounts.

MHOK has a full-inclusion, open admissions policy, and encourages enrollment of ANY CHILD. Children enrolled are from all ethnic and economic backgrounds, as diverse as Hawaii’s population base. In January, 2007 the Washington, DC-based National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) honored Montessori Hale O Keiki with their Leading Edge Award for Demographic Sustainability (Diversity). Montessori Hale O Keiki was one of three schools nationally to receive this prestigious Leading Edge honor for Demographic Sustainability (Diversity) in recognition of its Full-Inclusion/Open Admission policy.

Accredited By:

 American Montessori Society (A.M.S.)

Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (H.A.I.S.)

 Western Association of Schools & Colleges (W.A.S.C.)

Video shown with written permission from Trevor Eissler

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