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Why Choose Alaka'i Academy

Enrolling in preschool is a significant step in your child's life. Here are a few reasons why many Kona families have invested in an Alaka'i Academy education — and why Alaka'i Academy might be the right fit for your Child.

Pablo Penaloza
President, Alaka'i Academy

Haidee and Isaac

We could be here all day. We love about Alaka'i Academy.

Tina Saxon

Drivng from Hawi to come to Alaka'i Academy...it is worth it.

Julia Aponte

Jacob runs out the door every morning to come to Alka'i Academy.

Clancy and Paul

One of the greatest experience we ever had with a private school.

Robin Larson

I love this schoool. I wouldn't want my child to go anywehere else.

Radu and Masaki

Of all the preschools we looked at in the Big Island, we thing Alaka'i is the best.

Our Mission

Alaka`i Academy's mission is prepare the next generation of Hawaii’s leaders by creating an environment with the right conditions to enable children to discover their potential and feel confident enough to pursue of their dreams.

Our Philosophy

Alaka’i Academy follows a whole child approach to education. Students are not only intellectual but also social and emotional beings, and all these dimensions interact to impact learning and performance.
We aim at developing leaders of all ages. Great leaders possess a balance of intellectual, emotional, and social skills. Their character traits are critical to their success. For that reason, in addition to a healthy academic curriculum, Alaka’i Academy spends time nurturing children’s self-worth, while helping them discover their potential. Without empathy, for example, one can be bright, but arrogant. Without confidence, one aims low, ultimately living beneath his/her potential.
A balanced approach leads to healthy growth and prepares children to excel in a wide range of interactions. This experience overtime naturally evolve into leadership positions, influential roles and active contributions to family, school, and society.

USDA Disclaimer

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1) mail:
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

  • (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  • (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

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Join Our Team!

Alaka'i Academy is perpetually seeking exceptional, talented individuals, who embody the leadership traits we aim to instill in children. To become part of our 'Ohana, please email your resume to careers@alakaiacademy.com to start the process. Mahalo for your interest.

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