Little Hoku Montessori Academy serves preschool children between the ages of 3 and 6. Our preschool is conveniently located right off Piilani Highway in North Kihei, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Our classrooms are inside the Kihei Lutheran Church. The preschool is an easy commute for Maui residents of Kihei, Wailea, Kahului, and Wailuku. It is also less than 30 minutes to Paia, Makawao, and Kula.
The facility is equipped with air-conditioning, fire sprinklers, and a 4500 sq. ft. grass gated outdoor area for children to play and enjoy, as well as an outdoor sink for maximum cleanliness. Our Montessori school is licensed for 24 preschool and kindergarten aged students.
Take a few minutes to explore the website to learn more about Little Hoku Montessori Academy and our philosophy.
Little Hoku’s mission is to provide a safe and fun environment for students to grow to be independent and creative individuals. Our school follows the Montessori philosophy. Little Hoku focuses on activities by directing our students in various Montessori activities to nourish their creativity and academics.
Shadi Naderi, PhD
Founder and Director
Dr. Naderi has earned her PhD degree in Mathematics and has spent the last 11 years in Research. Her passion for education and the undeniable need for preschool in the beautiful Island of Maui have convinced Dr. Naderi to open the Little Hoku Montessori Academy in 2019. She is a state of Hawaii certified program leader in early childhood education.
Ms. Ashli was born and raised in the lush hills of West Virginia. She grew up on a farm with her big family, 7 cows, an impressive garden, and several thousand honey bees. In 2007, she earned her BA from Fairmont State University and shortly afterward worked as substitute teacher for grades K-12. She continued to teach Special Education and Exceptional Children for one and half years, until she was invited into a Montessori classroom. After that visit, she made her mind to pursue Montessori Education. She has been reading, researching, and learning so much about Maria Montessori and her approach to children ever since. During the summer of 2015, she began her journey in Montessori Education. Since then, she has worked in a public Montessori school as well as a private for-profit school as an assistant and after school coordinator. She moved to Maui to co-teach with Ms. Eva for two years at MHOK and then moved on to teaching lower elementary and earning her certification during Covid. Ms. Ashli believes that Montessori Philosophy speaks to her by showing children respect and focusing on their developmental needs. She aims to guide and support their inner discipline, strength of character, and academic growth with high expectations. She believes working with the materials in such a special environment with lovely people and sweet kids is one of the greatest gifts!
Ms. Lory’s experience with children goes back to when she had her own small childcare business. Ms. Lory has worked as a teacher’s aid at Hale O Keiki Montessori. In addition to childcare experience, she has worked as a public school health assistant bringing all that knowledge to Little Hoku families. Ms. Lory has been working at Little Hoku since 2019.
Director of Marketing
Ms. Shtromberg began her career in the field of science. She earned her B.S in Astrophysics, and a M.S in Physics. After several years of working as an Optics Instrumentation Engineer, in 2010 she made a career leap into digital marketing, specifically web content strategy, design, and development. While her love for science remains, her passion is helping organizations with their web and digital content needs. Ms. Shtromberg joined Dr. Naderi in her venture into education initially as a web designer, only soon to realize her role was far beyond just building the website for Little Hoku. As the Director of Marketing she helps drive the marketing, brand, and PR strategy for Little Hoku. In her spare time, Ms. Shtromberg enjoys spending time with husband and two young boys. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington.