meet Manulani!

Birthday: November 20th

My Role at Discovery Zone

I am the K21A teacher alongside Harley Hoff and have been working at Discovery Zone since April 2015.

My Background & Family

Hello, my name is Manulani Castillo! I grew up in Southern California and went to the College of the Canyons where I graduated with an associate’s degree in early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for 20 years but it wasn’t until I moved to Oregon in 2015 that I began to work at Discovery Zone. I have two wonderful children, Kalena and Isaia. I grew up being a part of a church and am currently attending Church on the Hill. When I look at my life, during the rough and the happy times, I can clearly see where God has guided me and walked beside me. I am thankful every day for the beautiful life God has blessed me with.

Why I Work With Kids

Working with children is incredibly rewarding. They grow so much in the first five years; I love being a part of that learning process! My favorite thing is to put out different material such as sticky paper and flowers or a sheet of paper with a pen and see how each child goes about making something in their own unique way. It is so important to help each child grow their creativity and independence and I love being a part of their journey.

My Favorite Bible Verse

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

A Few of My Favorite Things

Kombucha, the beach, hiking, spending time with family, peonies & spider lilies, and black coffee!

Contact Me


Classroom Phone: 503-435-1414   ext 245