"Thank you for everything, for your love, your way of teaching, your creativity and enthusiasm."

Thank you so much for an amazing year!! For Alona it was such a loving place, she grew up so much in so many aspects, while feeling how unique and wonderful she is. Never in my life (and she's a third child) have I had the experience of a kid that happy to go to school every morning; asking for her teachers and friends on weekends and not wanting to leave when it's time to go home :) For me, during this first and not always easy year in Tokyo, coming every day to Ohana, Buds class and especially John - felt like a safe zone, a warm and hugging place. And that was so amazing! Thank you for everything, for your love, your way of teaching, your creativity and enthusiasm. Love you all!!

LILA, RAN & ALONA (May 2016)

"I was extremely impressed with the way that the preschool is run; your passion for educating children is so evident the minute you walk through the doors!"

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to visit Ohana yesterday. I was extremely impressed with the way that the preschool is run; your passion for educating children is so evident the minute you walk through the doors! Again, I appreciate you taking the time yesterday to meet with us and to allow us to take a look at your program. It’s so refreshing to visit a preschool where the focus is on social thinking, problem solving, and cooperative learning. It was obvious that all of the personnel, value the children for who they are, recognize their individual talents, strengths, and character, and encourage each of them to reach their potential!


Special Education Teacher in the American System

"It definitely shows the great attention you are giving to children..."

I would like to thank you for having welcomed Laly in Ohana pre-school this year. We can see that she has developed well, especially lately and I believe the time she spent at school helped her a lot. I read the summary you wrote yesterday of her progress. It is so true, so close to how we see Laly. It definitely shows the great attention you are giving to children, steering them to grow up but giving them enough freedom to develop in their own little world ensuring sufficient space for imagination and self-expression whatever this may be.


"We knew the moment we met Shelley that Ohana was the school for her."

Our daughter started her very first school at Ohana after having visits to other schools. We knew the moment we met Shelley that Ohana was her school. She had such an amazing experience with her wonderful teachers and friends. As parents we also loved being a part of the school community where we always felt very welcomed. We no longer live in Japan but we will never forget the whole experience we had for our daughter. Many many thanks to the teachers, Ohana team and our friends!


"The more you share with us, the happier you make us."

Thanks a lot for this very nice summary and pictures you send us every day! I didn’t know it came with almost all the information that our little ones do during the day . You can be sure the more you share with us the happier you make us.


"Thank you for this amazing party today!"

Dear John, Sayaka and Maki, thank you so much for this amazing party today! We had a fun time! And thank you so much for taking all the effort for this great folder and the year book. This is very special for us! It is great to see how much loving care you put into our children. Thank you for this.

~ Angela Kuntz (JUNE 2015)

"Thanks Shelley, Hisami, and Liezel"

It’s been great to meet you all and thank you so much for the effort and skill you have put in over the last two years to prepare Lanah for her next stage of life. Although she’s only three and a half, I’m sure that she will remember the time at Ohana with a sense of joy and accomplishment. Take care and all the best for the future!

~ Daniel Mathieson (JUNE 2015)

"Our Extraordinary Experience at Ohana"

Shelley, Hisami, Liezel, Maryna and the rest of the wonderful Ohana team, thank you for the wonderful care, knowledge and extraordinary experience you have given Mika for the past year. While we had wanted to continue the split schooling for Mika, we were unfortunately forced to make a difficult choice and send her full time to Japanese school. At least, Mika is able to continue piano lessons with Hisami which she enjoys very much.


"Switching to Ohana"

Switching our son to Ohana’s Flowers class for pre-k has been a great decision for our family. The warm and nurturing environment, the flexibility of attending three days per week, as well as the structured in-class daily activities is what drew us to Ohana. The teachers and classmates made his transition very easy and he was asking to have playdates with many new friends from class in no time. What has really stood out this past academic year is the teachers’ ability to engage our son in learning so many new topics in such inventive, creative ways. As parents, we love hearing his excitement each day as he shares what he has learned about the solar system, transportation, his community, Japanese culture, just to name a few units covered. Ohana has definitely fostered a love of learning in our child that will last a lifetime. We feel he is adequately prepared to start kindergarten in the Fall and know that he will cherish his preschool memories at Ohana!


"Lots of Memories in our Hearts"

Thanks a lot to you and all members of Ohana. Iva enjoyed every day she was able to go to Ohana. She developed a lot but now it’s also time for her to concentrate on german language and her “home” country. We will all remember the nice time we had with you and lot’s of memories in our hearts. 

~ Michael-Joerg Ivan (NOVEMBER 2014)


Dear Shelley,
Just wanted to share our wonderful news with you- Kaia got accepted in UWC SEA. We are so happy and relieved, it was very stressful because they accept only 88 children from maybe over a thousand applicants and are very very selective. Thank you very much to all Ohana for everything you've done for us and for offering Kaia a wonderful educational base.

~ Love you all, Fanny, Wouter and Kaia (December 2016)

"Thank you" from the bottom of our hearts"

David and I would like to take the opportunity to give you all a big "thank you" from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you have so kindly given to Chloe since she first came to Ohana when she was 2.5 years old, and for helping her grow into such a loving, independent and cheerful child she is today!  We are very sad too that she is leaving Ohana - but our friendship and fond memories will last a lifetime

~ Love, Mabel, David and Chloe

“Thank you”

Thank you for giving our son such a wonderful education. It has been such a positive experience for him and we’ve been discussing Ohana quite a bit since arriving in Hong Kong. We appreciate the school and community you’ve built in your vision. Ohana is a special place and one that we will remember. 

Thank you again. 

All the best, anonymous (June 2018)

“Thank you so much for taking good care”

Thank you so much for taking very good care of Taiga and Liona. It is wonderful to feel safe when they are in school and thank you for taking good care of me too, answering all my questions and helping me out. 

It has been a real great year in Ohana. We are so happy to be here and are looking forward to seeing you all next year!

karin, liona and taiga (june 2018)

“Peace of mind”

"We were absolutely thrilled to be welcomed into the wonderful community at Ohana.  Our daughter came home each day telling us fun stories about her teachers and the adventures that they had in the classroom.  She even learned to count in English and Japanese!  Most importantly, we had the peace of mind of knowing that we were leaving her in such good hands every day." 

- Matthew, Ana Paula & Olivia (June 2018)

“The importance of your work”

Thank you for the wonderful party today. I truly believe that there are no real words to describe the importance of your work. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Family Sella (June 2019)

“We have felt a member of the Ohana family from day one and have so appreciated what a special place Ohana is.”

You and all of the amazing and brilliant teachers will hold a piece of our hearts forever.

We will let you know our last day as soon as possible - hopefully we know in the next few days! And, then the countdown sadly begins: In the meantime, we will soak up every last bit of Ohana joy:)

Alexius and Trevor (September 2019)