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The Colleges and Universities

While we enjoy the beauty and peace of our remote location on Hawai'i's Big Island, be assured that our school is not overlooked when it comes to college admissions. In fact, HPA is seen as one of the top high schools in the state of Hawai'i from which to recruit students, and for good reason. Where else will you find a school based on a strong residential boarding tradition and Hawaiian cultural values with the added component of a dynamic international and U.S. mainland student population?

HPA is fortunate to maintain strong and enduring relationships with the admissions offices at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and overseas. Each year, representatives from over 60 colleges, many of whom are deans or directors of admission, visit our campus to meet and work with our students. The tremendous range of schools that visit HPA, from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities to the most selective colleges in the U.S., is reflective not only of our school’s academic reputation, but also the rich diversity and talent of our student body. To further nurture our school’s relationships with college and universities, Mr. Kelsey and Mrs. Montgomery travel extensively to college campuses and professional meetings throughout the year.

See our calendar list of college visitors


Our students have the opportunity to attend two major college fairs on the Big Island each year with over 70 colleges in attendance. The HPA College Counseling team helps coordinate both of these events. The fall fair is held at a nearby resort and the spring fair is hosted on the HPA campus. Many of the college representatives report that their high level of interest for visiting the Big Island is in large part due to the quality of current HPA students and the performance of former HPA students at their institutions.

See the list of College Placements for the HPA Class of 2016

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