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Rainbow Schools History

Rainbow School began in Kahuku as a one classroom non-profit educational and childcare service in 1972. In 1986, Rainbow school Kahuku became the first center in the State of Hawaii to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. With Kahuku as the main office, Rainbow Schools now includes four additional sites:

  • Rainbow School Wahiawa opened in 1989 and is located at 108 California Avenue.
  • Rainbow School Kaneohe was opened in 1991 and is located at 45-211 Waikalua Road.
  • Rainbow School Mililani was opened in 1995 and is located at 95-1361 Meheula Parkway.
  • Rainbow Honolulu was opened in 1996 and is located within the Prince Kuhio Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • Rainbow School Sunset, which is an extension of Rainbow School Kahuku, was opened August 2, 2010 and is located at 59-578 Kamehameha Hwy.

We serve approximately 350 children and employ approximately 55 people. Our services are intended to meet the needs of young children between the ages of two and five years old. The state of Hawaii Department of Human Services licenses all of our locations. In addition, all of our sites are required to actively seek accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

We are a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors, an executive director, a business manager and directors at each school site.

Board of Directors

Rainbow Schools is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The board's governance role covers moral and legal responsibility; strategy determination; allocation of resources; goal setting; evaluation of performance; hiring, rewarding, and motivating management; and being willing and available to assist in their areas of special expertis.

Rainbow Schools Board of Directors:
Royal Fruehling, President
Ann Misura, Vice President
Donna Shlachter, Secretary
Anita Coit, Member

Executive Director:
Steven Albert

Business Manager:
Charlene Kahawaii

Food Service Manager:
Puni Ellestad

School Site Directors:
Sarah Desuacido, Wahiawa Director BIO
Rhiannon Guevara, Mililani Director BIO
Silvana Tooher, Kaneohe Director BIO
Steven Albert, Kahuku Director BIO
Cynthia Barley, Honolulu Director BIO



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