Aloha School Early Learning Center is the only Nationally Accredited Preschool on the north shore of Kaua'i. We have received this accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are honored to have earned such a high accolade and recognition of our Staffs hard work and effort to service our community to the best of our abilities, while maintaining a National Standard. In fact, we earned a 99.2% on our most recent Re-Accreditation Process. We also earned 10 out of 10 commendations from the NAEYC. Our staff, curriculum, trainings, and the school's physical environment meet all of the National Preschool Standards. 

    Aloha School has been serving the North Shore Kauai Community since 1978. Two of our teachers have been teaching here at Aloha School for over 30 years each.  They are now teaching second generation keiki of the north shore of Kauai.   All of our staff have Early Childhood Education Backgrounds & degrees. 

  We strive to give our keiki and their 'ohana the best early learning experiences in a safe & fun environment while instilling love, culture & Hawaiian values. 

Hours of Operation

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30am-3:30pm.  

Wednesdays @ 7:30am - 2:30pm                                                             


All keiki must be in school by 8:15am each day                                  

*We are a year round school, summer is optional for currently enrolled students *

2023-2024 Tuition- Please call to inquire

Classroom Sizes

Aloha School believes in spending quality time with our keiki and understand that having good teacher to student ratio is important to help the children thrive to their fullest potential. Full enrollment is 38 keiki, ages 2.8 through 5 years old. 

   August 2023- May 2024 School Year

  4 year old class @ 10 students to 1 teacher

  4-5 year old class @ 10 students to 1 teacher

  3-4 year old class @ 10 students to 1 teacher

  2.8-3 year old class @  8 students to 1 teacher 


Our Staff

All of our teachers and staff are certified under People Attentive to Children (PATCH), Career Access and Navigation of Early Childhood Systems (CANOES), are CPR and first aid certified and have Early Childhood Education backgrounds. Two of our teachers have been teaching at Aloha School for over 30 years, teaching second generation children.  All of our teachers provide developmentally appropriate early learning experiences for all areas of child development and share an amazing passion for teaching. 

About Us

Aloha School Early Learning center is located in beautiful Hanalei, Hawaii. We are a non-profit 501©(3) organization designed to instill cultural morals, values and aloha within our keiki, while focusing on early childhood education. Aloha School has been operating since 1978, is licensed by the state of Hawaii and is currently the only non-profit Nationally Accredited Preschool on the north shore of Kauai through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The preschool is arranged to promote growth in all areas of learning including language, creative arts, large and fine motor skills, pretend play, mathematics, science, music and dance, sensory, writing skills, reading, problem solving and social interaction.  We provide unique culture opportunities and experiences and developmentally appropriate education enhanced by our Hawaiian Curriculum "Lei Aku, Lei Mai". 


Our Mission

The Aloha School is dedicated to provide a vital educational environment for young children; one which provides quality learning experiences in all areas of development, helping children and families to achieve their fullest potential.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of The Aloha School Early Learning Center of Hanalei is based on the following:

-Each child is unique with an individual pattern of growth, personality, learning style, and family background.

-Early Childhood will be spent developing positive self esteem, fostering relationships, learning social skills, cognitive 

and physical growth to prepare for further learning skills.

-Children need routine and structure with well defined limits in order to feel secure; they also need freedom and encouragement to explore and take risks in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment

-Children acquire knowledge about the world through play and interacting with their peers and adults

-Children learn best in an environment that's developmentally appropriate, provided by trained & caring early childhood teachers

-Children are motivated by their own desire and sense of wonder of the world.

Aloha Goals
-To provide an environment that is safe, loving, and nurturing.
-To promote the optimum physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth of each child.
-To develop in each child, a feeling of confidence, and self esteem and to promote initiative and independence.
-To help children to understand their world, by exposing them to a variety of experiences and materials, and by giving them many     opportunities for imaginative play and creative activities, in art, music, and movement.
-To stimulate a love of learning and joy in the excitement of the experiences.-
-To help children learn respect for themselves, others, and their environment and to help them develop a sense of responsibility        for their own actions and for the well being of others.
-To assist children in developing problem solving abilities.
-To develop children’s use of language and their ability to communicate clearly and effectively both with peers & adults
-To expose children to a diverse and wide variety of children’s literature by reading aloud, felt stories, puppet plays and to develop   an ongoing interest in books and reading.
-To create a partnership between home and school, based on mutual respect and close communication.



All NAEYC Accredited programs must:

-Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth.

-Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.

-Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.

-Provide ongoing assessments of a child's learning and development and communicate the child's progress to the family.

-Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from illness and injury.

-Employ and support a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment 

necessary to promote children's learning and development and to support families' diverse interests and needs.

-Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child's family.

-Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support achievement of program goals.

-Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.

-Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, 

families, and staff have high-quality experiences.

**NAEYC Accreditation is awarded for five years. During that period, we submit annual reports documenting that we are 

maintaining compliance with the NAEYC program standards. We are also subject to unannounced visits by skilled and 

reliable NAEYC program assessors to ensure that we continue to meet standards.