As we prepare to re-open the Makawao Hongwanji Preschool in August 2020, we will incur new costs to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of the students, families, and staff. These costs include: personal protective equipment (PPE) for teachers and staff, enhanced cleaning and hygience protocols, and re-configuring the preschool. If you would like to make a donation to the preschool to help offset these costs, please click on the link below, which will take you a Preschool-specific donation webpage on


            Mission Statement

The Makawao Hongwanji Preschool in Pukalani is sponsored by and is affiliated

with the Makawao Hongwanji Mission as an outreach to the needs of the community.

We are committed to providing a positive, loving, safe and healthy environment to

encourage your child's religious, intellectual, physical, social and emotional 

development to the fullest potential.

We believe that children develop a strong sense of positive self-esteem with age

appropriate learning experiences that stimulate and encourage curiosity for learning.


Teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is one of our aims.

Teachings are introduced through stories, songs and craft activities as well as

weekly visits by the Resident Minister or once a month to the Temple.



            Mission Statement


To provide quality early childhood education in a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist

environment for the Upcountry Maui community.




 We offer a 5 day-a-week (Monday – Friday), half day program 7:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 or a full day program from 7:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 Students enroll in either the half day or full day program depending on space


Our school year is from August though May.  

We also provide a summer session, June through July.

We do close on State and Federal holidays, fall, winter and spring breaks, and a week

before and after summer session, usually following the State DOE holidays

and breaks.


Although lunches are not provided by the school, morning snack and afternoon

snacks are provided.




We are located at 223 Hiwalani Loop in Pukalani below Pukalani Park and

Pukalani Elementary School.





Rates of tuition vary from year to year. Tuition is paid monthly. 

There is also a yearly registration fee.

We do accept some subsidy programs; contact the school for more information.




 The preschool must receive a completed state of Hawai'i student health form from

all students before the start of the first day of school.

An incomplete and or missing health form will result in a delay to the start of school

for that child.

Information required in the health form: current T.B. clearance, required

immunizations and yearly physical examination signed by the child's physician.


All students must be completely potty trained and three years of age by August 1st.




 You may call or drop by the center for information concerning the preschool.

If you wish to register your child,

(1) please do so the year your child turns two years of age to be placed on a wait list.

(2) Leave your name, phone number, child's name, birth date, pick up time interested

       and the school year you are registering your child for.

(3) You are responsible to contact the school yearly to reconfirm any information.

      Failure to do so will result with removal of your child's name from the waitlist.

(4) If you are a sustaining member of Makawao Hongwanji Mission please inform the

      Director when registering.


       Contact information:


  You may contact us by phone 572-7883 for more information.


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