About Hawai'i Montessori

Hawai'i Montessori has served the community since 1980.

Our school was started by a group of parents who were searching for an educational program that would meet their goals of child-centered teaching and learning. High academic standards were also a priority. Over the years we have grown from that first small Primary class (3-6 year olds) and now our school has Toddler Program and two Primary Classes.

Hawai’i Montessori is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as an independent 501(3)c not-for-profit organization. As an independent school, we create our own programs and operate without the financial support of state or federal funds. We are also not subsidized by any religious organizations. HMS is run by a Board of Directors and is independent from any local school boards. We rely on financial support from tuition income, grants, fundraising, and our Annual Fund.

Accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation!

Faculty Members

Kona Campus

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Angeline Geldhof

Executive Director

Montessori allows children develop at their own pace. It acknowledges that we, as human...

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Maya Wheaton

Admissions Director & Office Manager

When I met Angeline in 2003 while interviewing for a substitute position, her passion...

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Noelle Geldhof

Lead Teacher, Honu Primary Class

Montessori is a philosophy that fundamentally fosters independence and self-motivation while matching the children’s...

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Anna Souther

Asst. Teacher Honu Class

Bio coming soon.

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Karen Branum

Lead Teacher, Mo'o Primary Class

I graduated from Chaminade University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood...

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Ayla Williams

Asst. Teacher Mo'o Class

Bio coming soon.

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Shea Quitevis

Lead Teacher, Pueo Toddler Class

My mom started Manoa Montessori School in Manoa on the island of Oahu. I...

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Elena Aviles

Toddler Aid in the Pueo Class

Bio coming soon.

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Melanie Hill

Lead Teacher, Nai'a Toddler Class

Bio coming soon.

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Joy Painter

Asst. Teacher, Nai'a Toddler Class

When I was looking for a preschool for my son to attend, I was...

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Jennifer Abeyta

Lead Extended Day Teacher

Bio coming soon.

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Allyn Thompson

Extended Day Teacher's Aide

I came to Hawaii Montessori in 2017 applying to be a substitute teacher. I...

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Vicky Ponce-Basmayor

Substitute Teacher

I have been at Hawai’i Montessori since 1992. The Montessori philosophy of education has...

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Saurab Kumar

Substitute Teacher

I am originally born and raised in India. I moved to Hawaii with my...

Officers

President: Rebecca Colvin
Vice President: Jim Lyke
Treasurer: Jenny Rasmussen
Secretary: Tim Connolly

Board Members

Helen Barry-Cooper
Dawn Eicher
Johnessa Labrador-Lindsey

Hawai'i Montessori School Location & Hours

KONA CAMPUS
74-978 Manawale’a Street • Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 329-0700 • Fax: (808) 334-0327

Monday-Friday 7am-5:30pm

Community Resources

www.facebook.com/HawaiiMontessori
Hawai’i Montessori School is now on Facebook. Click the link and become a fan — don’t forget to tell your friends!

www.montessori.org
The Montessori Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad.

www.bigisland.org
Explore the most comprehensive list of things to do and places to see at the Big Island Visitors Bureau site.

www.montessori-ami.org
The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death

www.kona-kohala.com
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) is the leading business advocacy organization on the west side of the Big Island of Hawai’i. KKCC actively works to enhance the environment, unique lifestyle and quality of life in West Hawai’i through sound growth policies and proper planning.

www.westhawaiitoday.com
Newspaper published daily on the island of Hawai’i. Includes local news, sports, and classifieds.

www.kahilutheatre.org
Responsive to cultural needs of the community, the Kahilu Theatre provides a home for the presentation, support, education and promotion of the performing arts.

www.parkerranch.com
Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawai’i is home of the Hawai’ian cowboy: ka’ aina o ka paniolo. The Parker Ranch story is a road from Hawai’ian history to modern day life in Hawai’i. Parker Ranch offers activities and events, which give insight into life on Hawai’i.

www.konaweb.com
n Online Community of People who LOVE The Big Island of Hawaii. Serving the Big Island since 1995.

www.amshq.org
American Montessori Society provides the leadership and inspiration to make Montessori a significant voice in education. The Society advocatesquality Montessori education, strengthen mombers through its services, and champions Montessori principles to the greater community.

www.montessori-namta.org
The North American Montessori Teachers’ Association is a membership organization open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education. Association provides a medium of study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education through its publications, audio-visual collection, electronic communications, conferences, and research and service projects throughout North America and the world.

www.nhch.com
North Hawai’i Community Hospital (NHCH) is a full service acute care hospital centrally located in Waimea (Kamuela) on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Governed by a local board of directors, this community owned non-profit hospital opened in May 1996 and primarily serves the 30,000 residents and visitors of the northern region of the Big Island.

www.kch.hhsc.org
We are a 94-bed full-service acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency services, proudly serving the West Hawaii community for over 100 years. Every year, we update our care to include the newest medical services, allowing us to use all our abilities to serve our residents and visitors whenever they are in need. Here at KCH, we consider everyone to be O`hana, and as such, we strive to be your friend, neighbor, and family in helping you through trying times, happy moments, crisis, and celebrations. As your community hospital, you can count on us.

www.patchhawaii.org
Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies, like PATCH are located throughout the country. CCR&R services have evolved from grassroot efforts to help parents find child care, to well-developed systems that support parents, providers, and local communities in finding, planning for, and providing quality child care.