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The mission of Hoaloha Kai is to nurture the spirit of the child to encourage independent thinking, confidence with character, and a sense of communal responsibility. We achieve this through:
Providing a safe, stable, and academically stimulating environment for toddler, primary, and elementary children guided by the pedagogy of Montessori through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI);
Paving a clear path towards healthy intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development;
Dedication to the principles of active learning to guide each individual child toward discovering his unknown potential, through the support of teachers, parents, staff and facilities;
Cultivating a balance of compassion and respect, independence and belonging, freedom and self discipline;
Our unwavering commitment to be involved in the community and in the world through the practice of sharing, tolerance, respect for all life, and spirituality.
Our vision is to support Dr. Maria Montessori's mission to encourage the development of individuals who will contribute not only to their immediate surroundings, but to the world community. In our classrooms, there is no separation between academic and social development. Throughout the day children continuously engage in academic lessons and social lessons, academic work and social work. Making choices that contribute to the harmonious workings of the classroom is the rehearsal for making the choices that we hope our children will make as adults, those that contribute to the healthy functioning of the world community.
Parent-Infant Program Facilitator
Toddler Head Teacher
Gloria Hammond has been working with children in Montessori education since 1995. She began her teaching career in Alberta, Canada, as the teacher and a founding member of a Montessori elementary school. Returning to her home-state of Oregon in 2001, she continued teaching at the elementary level until 2007, when she moved to Honolulu and began working with infants and toddlers.
Gloria holds teaching certificates from the Association Montessori Internationale at the Assistants to Infancy and Elementary levels, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Studies from Marylhurst College in Oregon, and a Masters in education from Loyola College in Maryland.
Among many varied interests and hobbies, Gloria enjoys using her hands to create, build, and restore--from sewing to auto-mechanics, making bread to gardening. Here in Hawaii, she especially enjoys swimming, snorkeling, and playing at the beach.
Primary Head Teacher
Carter O’Donnell began her Montessori experience as a three year old in South Carolina. She returned to her love of the primary materials after interning with the National Park Service and rediscovering AMI during a conversation with an AMI teacher visiting the park. She began her Primary Training in 1995. Carter did her undergraduate work at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois focusing on Environmental Science and Education. She holds Montessori certification for both Primary (three to six years) and Elementary (six to twelve years) education from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and a master degree from Loyola College. She has had great success in the classroom for over ten years and is now enjoying utilizing her Montessori wisdom with her own family.
To supplement her academic education, Carter enjoys travel, hiking and camping, and finds particular enjoyment in visiting America’s amazing National Parks. She also loves to read, garden, sew and ride horses. She lives in Historic Pearl Harbor with her husband and their three children.
Elementary Head Teacher
Minnie Wales began her Montessori education at age three in San Francisco, California. However, it wasn’t until her reintroduction to Montessori philosophy as an adult that its impact was truly felt. Now that Minnie has a young family of her own, her appreciation for this “education for life” increases daily.
Minnie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Education from Loyola College in Baltimore. She holds Montessori certification for both Primary (three to six years) and Elementary (six to twelve years) education from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
Making jewelry, painting, and playing volleyball are Minnie’s most fulfilling interests beyond family and school. She lives in Hawaii Kai with her husband, Victor, who coaches the University of Hawaii Swimming Team, and their three children – Ethan, Chloe, and Lily.
Hoaloha Kai Montessori School
1339 Hunakai St.
Honolulu, HI 96816
phone: (808) 735-5165
Fax: (808) 735-5166