Frequently Asked Questions

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The Montessori Method of Education, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Many Montessori preschools, primary schools, and middle schools have used the Montessori method for over 100 years all over the world.

The Montessori philosophy views the child as the one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. For more about the Montessori method of education, you can check out the AMI website.

We will contact you within three business days after we receive your application regarding the acceptance of your child.

No, your spot at the preschool is guaranteed after we receive your deposit.

The tuition and deposit will be prorated accordingly. Please send an email to with your desired start date and we will send you a customized tuition chart. Also, refer to the Tuition and Fees for more information.

The deposit is part of the tuition and is non-refundable.

Little Hoku Montessori Academy participates in several state financial aid programs. We accept Preschool Open Door (POD), Childcare Connection Hawaii, Rescare, Arbor, and Quality Care for Hawaiian Keiki. We currently do not offer specific scholarships. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information.

Yes. We offer a 10% discount for military families and siblings of already enrolled students. We also offer a $100 discount toward tuition for referring other families to Little Hoku. For details see our Tuition and Fees information.

By the State of Hawaii regulations, all children enrolled in a childcare facility, preschool, or public/private school, must have their immunization record on file. There are two allowed exemptions: religious and medical. In the case of exemptions parents will have to review and fill out proper state exemption forms.

Our ratio is 1 teacher to 9 students when we are at maximum capacity. Little Hoku Montessori Academy is licensed for 24 students, however, we cap our enrollment at 18 kids to ensure the best Montessori preschool educational experience for your children.

Our lead teacher is AMI certified and the teacher’s aid is certified by the State of Hawaii.

There is no contract and there is no annual commitment required. We require families to provide us with a 30 day written notice. Note that the deposit is not refundable.

We are a Montessori preschool, meaning we incorporate Art, Music, and cultural studies in our daily schedule. We are also in the process of obtaining a licensing for an enrichment program from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of the enrichment program will be $10/hour. This program is foreign language-based, teaching kids a foreign language while incorporating art.

No. The enrichment program will cost an additional fee. The fee will be $10/hour. 

Please see the Academic Calendar for all school dates, including the first and last day of school, as well as all holidays. Note, that we do our best to follow the public school academic calendar, but some minor differences may be found between the calendars.

For full-time students, the school hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For part-time students, school hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We are located inside Kihei Lutheran Church in North Kihei, Island of Maui, Hawaii. The physical address is 220 Moi Pl. Kihei, HI 96753. For hours and tour information, see our Contact Us page.

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