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Hiʻi Pēpē - Infant Program

Hours of operation: 7:15am–4:30pm


In August 2006, Pūnana Leo initiated a Hiʻi Pēpē Infant Program located on the campus of Pūnana Leo o Hilo. Infants as young as 6-weeks old participate in a full-day Hawaiian Medium Education program. Curriculum and activities are based on the Kumu Honua Mauli Ola Hawai‘i educational philosophy, the Hawaiian language, as well as modern developmental strategies.

Hi‘i Pēpē aims to support families who are committed to establish Hawaiian as the primary language of their homes.


Research shows that early education experiences filled with activities that enhance cognitive development and personal growth increase a child’s successful matriculation into other quality learning environments. We believe that children who start in the Hi‘i Pēpē Infant Program will be better prepared for all facets of Hawaiian Medium Education from early childhood education to post-secondary education.


Located at: 16-120 ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia Street, Kea‘au, HI 96749

Phone: (808) 982-8870   Fax: (808) 966-7344