Waiokeola Congregational Church UCC
4705 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816 | (808) 737-0541 | Email: livingwaterwcc@aol.com

Welcome to Waiokeola Church Preschool

Director: Cheryl Larrua, M.Ed.

Secretary: Barbara Niiyama

Telephone: 808-734-4277  

Email: director.preschool@waiokeola.org

Waiokeola Church Preschool is a non-profit, church sponsored school
serving children from 24 months to 5 years of age and is accredited by the NAEYC.

Waiokeola Church Preschool Mission Statement

The mission of Waiokeola Church Preschool is to provide and foster an environment based on Christian Values where children will develop socially, emotionally, artistically, physically, intellectually, and spiritually through hands-on and cooperative learning experiences.

General Information

Waiokeola Church Preschool is a ministry of Waiokeola Congregational Church. Waiokeola Preschool is a State-licensed preschool licensed to enroll a maximum of 120 children from ages 24 months through five years old. The program is accredited by the NAEYC.  The program starts on August 12, 2019 and operates on a ten-month school year calendar (August through May) with a six-week summer session in June and July. We observe all Federal and State holidays, a one week fall break, a two-week Christmas Break and a one-week Spring Break.  We distinguish our program as a pre-school and not a day care with drop in service. Therefore, regular and on-time attendance is a condition of continued enrollment.  Our hours are 8:00 am - 12:00 noon for the half-day program and 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for the full day program. School begins at 8:25 am. Early morning care is available from 7:15 am - 8:00 am.  Enhanced afternoon care is from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

All children also participate in weekly chapel services, music classes and PE classes.

Enhanced classes may be available for an additional fee.

All teachers meet DHS licensing and requirements and are all certified in First Aid and CPR. 

Application and Acceptance Process

Applications are accepted year round. A completed application includes the completed questionnaire, a copy of the child's birth certificate and a non-refundable application fee.

Priority acceptance is given to members of Waiokeola Church, siblings, children of alumni, and children of church or preschool staff.  The applicants are interviewed to determine readiness for our program. Tours are scheduled on Thursday by appointment.


Goals and objectives

Our main objective at Waiokeola Church Preschool is to develop in each child a sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Our goals are set within the child's reach so that he or she is able to be successful on a daily basis. We provide a variety of challenging and stimulating experiences for children to grow individually and collectively. We encourage children to become cooperative members of a group by being constructive, thoughtful, able to concentrate and follow directions, respectful of property, interested and pleased with creative efforts, and becoming effective problem solvers.


We feel that a child can read with comprehension only what has been established in his or her experience. Until a child has acquired a considerable background of concepts, mere verbal response to symbols has little value. We try to give the child a greater awareness and understanding of the surrounding world, and encourage his/her natural curiosity to experience the excitement of discovery. Experiments with growing things, science materials, observation of life processes, and many sensory experiences are provided.

Vocabulary development is stressed and children are encouraged to speak freely, to experiment with language, and to be good listeners. Visual skills are further emphasized by learning to observe and to talk about the observations. We provide experiences with mathematical implications. The children learn about distance, direction, quantity, pattern and order which will provide a basis upon which they will build their future understanding of mathematics.

Creativity is further emphasized at Waiokeola through art, music, drama and physical education. In art, the involvement rather than the finished product is stressed. Through the use of a variety of art materials, children are encouraged to express their feelings and interests. In music, we try to bring out the rhythm and musical abilities that each child naturally possesses. Through physical education classes, children have opportunities to develop their gross motor skills by participating in creative movement and group games, while learning skills such as catching, throwing and hopping in a fun and exciting class.



Waiokeola Preschool 

Waiokeola Preschool

Waiokeola Preschool

Waiokeola Preschool