Mother Rice Preschool
2707 South King St. Honolulu, HI. 96826
At A Glance
PH; (808) 946-4072
Call today to make an appointment for a personal school tour, and let us show you how proud we are of our commitment to quality early education and care.
All staff meet State licensing requirements.
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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.