HPA offers international and domestic boarding for girls and boys in grade 9-12, and post-graduate. At the Upper School, students come from roughly 15 U.S. states and 25 nations each year, joining those from Hawai‘i Island and neighboring islands. This mixture of Hawai‘i residents, U.S. mainland, and international students—brought together to experience the interwoven cultures of Hawai‘i—sets HPA apart among U.S. independent schools.
Our diverse curriculum combines traditional coursework with hands-on projects and immersive learning. Offering programs like capstone, independent science research, outdoor program, sea turtle research, and more, are all part of our four-year college-preparatory program.
There’s always something going at HPA. Movie marathons, game nights, peer study sessions, participating in the school play, or exploring the island by visiting the local farmer’s market, snorkelling with manta rays, whale watching, mountain biking in the Kohala foothills, or camping at Kiholo Bay, there truly is something for everyone to balance between academics and student life.
HPA has a sense of community that goes beyond its borders and gets involved with the communities all around them. There is energy flowing in the midst of HPA, and it is spread through the school’s involvement in community service.
The education and experiences I had at HPA were priceless and I am so happy to be able to share these same opportunities with my children.
After a brief conversation, I had no doubt in my mind that this was the place to be, and one year later there is no place I would rather be than right here at HPA on the Big Island.