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Mother Rice Preschool (Mo'ili'ili)

  • 2707 South King St. Honolulu, HI. 96826

    PH; (808) 946-4072 E:


    • Enrollment: 170
    • Center Director: Teri Kanda
    • Open year-round 7am – 5pm
    • Ages 2 (in diapers) – 5 years
    • Extended hours available: 5:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

    Mother Rice is nestled amongst the restaurants, specialty shops and apartments that make up the community of Moiliili. Children today still enjoy the large playground tucked away in the back of the school. Enrichment programs available include: Kindermusik, Little Ambassadors, Keiki Computers, Leahi Swim School, Amazing Athletes, Keiki Li’ili’i Hula & Mele. All staff meet State licensing requirements.


    In September 1917, Mother Rice Playground was opened. This site was the gift from the children and grandchildren of Mary Sophia Rice, lovingly known as Mother Rice, in celebration of the centennial of her birth, as well as to commemorate her missionary work in Moiliili. In 1918, Miss Ester Kopke volunteered to start a morning kindergarten in the large pavilion at the site. Much of the success of the Mother Rice Playground and School was due to the hard work of an amazingly strong Mothers’ Club. Meetings were held twice a month and because the meetings were held in English and Japanese, there was high attendance. By 1923, they had raised enough funds to build a new school for the children.

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