Adventist Malama Elementary School

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Malama Na Keiki O'Waianae
Mission Statement

Since 1981, Malama Na Keiki 0 Waianae (Caring for the children of Waianae) has served the children of the Leeward coast of Oahu. It is a Christian Center dedicated to the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of children from two and one-half years of age to the age of five. This center is owned by the Hawaii Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and in accordance with the laws of the state of Hawaii.

Rather than simply providing supervision for working parents, programs have been developed to teach Christian character values such as honesty, obedience and helpfulness. The children will be taught to appreciate God’s love and care. The center will teach Christian principles, values and stories found in the Bible. True-to- life experiences, rather than fantasy, will be the basis of activities during the day.

The center will provide a “home-like” atmosphere for the care and security of the child. The day’s program will include a planned program for the children to participate in and also free time when they can choose their activities with supervision.
We will help each child to develop physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. We will teach the child about healthful and nutritious foods essential to help them in good physical conditions. An exercise class is also incorporated into the program. 

The center will provide the child opportunities to observe and acquire information needed to think constructively. To help develop their appreciation for good music, the center sets time aside for listening, singing rhythm band (with dowel sticks, bells, etc., and also the child may make his/her own musical instruments.)
To help the child think creatively there are activities such as coloring, cutting, pasting, housekeeping, blocks, puzzles, learning shapes, counting fingers and hand puppets, library, listening centers with earphones, stringing beads, matching and sequence.

The center will try to have “home-like” atmosphere where the child will learn and help to develop respect and appreciation for the home and family. In this regard the center helps the child:
• To develop simple concepts of right and wrong and to form habits of obedience
• To develop respect for the rights and ideas of others.
• To form habits of courtesy.
• To help develop the concept of sharing.

Through learning centers the child will respond through emotional expressions of joy, fear, surprise, anger, anxiety, eagerness and frustration. These different expressions will help the children to adjust and develop self-confidence in themselves.

The center will help the child to know God through Bible stories, songs, prayer and various activities such as worship time.

In addition the center will include organized programs such as:
 • Bible and Worship Stories, songs and activities to acquaint the children with Bible characters.
 • Story Time True-to-life stories will be used to illustrate positive behaviors. Limited fiction stories may be used to illustrate and help the child discern the difference between “make believe” and the true.
 • Music There will be music listening, singing activities to help develop music appreciation.
 • Learning centers The child will have free-time activities including library, art, housekeeping, toys, listening center with earphones, blocks, puzzles, stringing beads, matching and sequencing.
 • Planned Curriculum The child will cut, paste, color, write, make puppets and do string, brush, sponge, finger, and splatter painting.



Children from two years and six months up to age five may be admitted. Only those who are toilet trained will be accepted. An application must be submitted.
Enrollment in the center shall be granted without discrimination in regard to gender, race, color, religion or political belief. Admission may be denied if the center cannot meet the special needs of a child. Children with disabilities may be accepted as long as undue hardship is not placed upon the school.


By state law we are limited to 49 children that may attend the school. This insures there is adequate space and safety for the children.


Provisions may be made for special needs of individual children. As of 1991 state nurses are dial testing the children. If the testing shows a child is in need in one or more of the following areas: gross motor, fine motor, concepts or communication steps may be taken.


With parental consent referrals can be made to the Department of Education, a private medical doctor, a speech therapist or mental health personnel. Under normal conditions the teachers will help the child improve.