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


Shea Quitevis

Lead Teacher, Pueo Toddler Class

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

Natthawan Shelton

Assistant Teacher, Pueo Toddler Class

Natthawan (Miss Wan) was born and raised in Thailand.  She started with Hawaii Montessori...


Joy Painter

Lead Teacher Mo'o, Primary Class

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


Vicky Ponce-Basmayor

Substitute Teacher

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

Hawai'i Montessori School Location & Hours

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

Monday-Friday 7am-4:00pm

Community Resources

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.