sonshine preschool

&  kindergarten

Helping Children Bloom

A ministry of Lifewater Church


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PHONE: (808) 323-2463



SEE what we do

At Sonshine Preschool you will see the children... 

  • Worshiping Jesus

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  • Creating & Learning

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  • Praying for Others

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  • Showing Aloha

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  • Reading

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  • Speaking Publicly

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  • Singing & Dancing

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  • Serving Others

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  • Playing & Having Fun

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our staff

Our dedicated staff comes from diverse backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they love children and want to see them bloom to their full potential.  Our teachers enjoy children and interact with them in and out of the classroom. They make every effort to make school interesting and fun so that the children develop a love for learning. 

  • Lori Kahawaii, Director

    As Director, Lori works with all the children in the school.  She loves watching them grow and seeing the impact she's made on their lives.  She considers this to be her great reward.  Lori has two adult sons, both college graduates.  One is currently in a manager training program; the other works as a library specialist.  Lori enjoys spending time with her family, paddle boarding, cake decorating, event planning, sharing her love of the islands, traveling, staying up late, and playing board games.  Lori's great frustration in life is when her computer doesn't cooperate.  

  • Susan Lim,  Teacher/ Assistant Director

    Susan is the teacher of our 4-year-old students.  She also serves as Assistant Director to Lori Kahawaii.  She has been with the school since its inception in 1993.  She believes that she was called here by God for a purpose and is thankful to Him for the  privilege of teaching and serving her young students.  Susan is married to her husband Ginaro.  Together they have  two boys: AJ and Jeneral.  Her favorite quote is: "Obedience and humility are the keys to success." 

  • Lauren Heil, Teacher's Aid

    Lauren works with our 3 and 4 year old students in the Ahupua'a Class. She joined the school staff in November of 2018 and loves that this school  is  truly a ministry to the families of our community.  She delights in seeing the children come to know God.  

    Lauren is a part of a family of seven.  They love living in the country and adventuring together.  Lauren also loves to garden and eat the fresh food from her garden.     

    Her favorite Bible verse is: "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure..."  Heb 6:19

  • Dilina Bualuay, Teacher's Aid

    Dilina is originally from the island of Chuuk in Micronesia.  She works with our 2-year-old students.  She loves how the teachers teach and interact with the students and enjoys being at the school everyday.  She says that she has learned a lot from the Bible lessons taught during Circle Time in the mornings.  

our goals

  1. To provide an excellent Christian education to children through the Biblical Foundation for Early Childhood Education curriculum, using both Montessori and traditional methods.
  2. To offer a loving, nurturing environment in which children experience the love of Jesus, gain a strong sense of self-worth, and become confident, independent learners  who make positive, responsible life choices.  
  3. To provide a secure and caring learning environment where children feel safe to take risks, explore, and grow spiritually,  academically, emotionally, socially and physically.  
  4. To impact our community through positive relationships between the school, the children, families, and Lifewater Church. 
  5. To provide a needed service to the community. 

sonshine Children in action



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Location & diRECTIONS

Sonshine Preschool is located on Mamalahoa Hwy, just 20 minutes south of Kailua-Kona in beautiful Kealakekua.  

Look for us on the mountain side of the Hwy, right across from Lifewater  Church and next to the First Hawaiian Bank. 

Our Location

81-6614 Mamalahoa Hwy.

Kealakekua, HI, 96750

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