summer@hpa / Volume 5, Issue 1 / Winter 2017


Summer’s just around the corner! In our Summer Session for students in grades 6-12, we are offering a mix of classes that promote STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math) courses and utilizes the extraordinary place-based learning opportunities of our island community. 

Students will have forays into tropical forests, mountain and ocean habitats depending on their class choices. HPA’s Ulumau and Ulu Malama gardens provide cultural and community resources where children can plant and harvest and learn that growing healthy food fosters healthy lifestyles, which in turn manifests healthy communities.

During the summer, students in grades 9-12 can receive .5 credit for Marine Science Seminar or Open Water Scuba Certification with an Introduction to Hawaiiʻs Coral Reefs. Our Energy Lab facility is the first K-12 school building in the world to be zero energy, water and waste, and here, students will be immersed in robotics or science research.

Summer at HPA strives to engage each student to move outside their comfort zone to develop socially, intellectually, and physically—with new skills and new friendships. 

We urge you to go online and submit your application today. We hope to hear from you soon!

Warm aloha,

Shirley Ann Fukumoto
Summer Session Principal

Please Save the Date and Join Us This Summer!
June 27-July 22
For more information, click here
e-mail, or call 808-881-4019

Learn More About Director of Residential Life Kimberly Martins '07

Mrs. Martins returns from Oregon to head our residential program.  An alumna and lifetime member of the HPA ʻohana (family), she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Dedicated to the education of her students, and her own continuing education, Mrs. Martins further developed her professional credentials by pursuing her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership. 

Mrs. Martins is excited to serve as the Summer Director of Residential Life for the HPA Summer School Program for the second year. She is particularly dedicated to this position because it unites her professional passion with her zest for life, love of the island, and appreciation for different cultures. Mrs. Martins, an avid athlete, is fluent in Portuguese and met her husband, Fabio, while traveling in Brazil. They live in Hood River, Oregon with their two children, Josue and Mikaela. She and her family look forward to spending this summer as part of the HPA community.

Ka Makani Kids Camp (For Grades K-5)

HPA invites students entering grades K-5 to explore the ocean to the mountain this summer; we’re offering two one-week sessions, beginning June 5, bursting with activities!

During week 1, An Ocean of Fun, students will discover tide pool life and go beachcombing for ocean treasures. They’ll bring their finds back to campus to craft art mementos. The week will culminate in an ocean cruise aboard a glass bottom boat and a beach party!

During week 2, Ascent to the Summit, students will explore our mighty volcanoes, including creating their own eruptions! A trip to the Mauna Kea State Park will take students on a hike to a pu’u (hill). Their visit to a farm will show them how rich volcanic soil produces magical vegetation. The week will culminate in a trip to the ’Imiloa Astronomy Center and a picnic on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

Mrs. Dee Walker, HPA’s after-school director, will lead the program.  Mrs. Walker, who is a certified early childhood educator, has been with HPA since 1997.

Session 1: June 5-9, 2017
Session 2: June 12-16, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

The cost is $300 per session, with a discount of $50 for children enrolling in both sessions.

Learn More and Register Now 

Preview Our Summer Course List!
Creative Writing
Hawaiian Crafts
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Sustainable Gardening

Meet Lisa Sakurai
Special Programs Manager

Mrs. Sakurai has been at HPA for 17 years and nearly a decade with our Auxiliary Programs.  Her professionalism and energy are evident in her communications and stamina—often working 24-7 during our summer months. She welcomes our families with her big smile and helpfulness, and is the contact for any questions about registering for Summer Session, Ka Makani Kids Camp, and HPA summer activities.  Both of her sons, Tyler ‘08 and Tanner ’15, supported the summer programs as audio-visual techs. During her rare breaks, Mrs. Sakurai loves to travel. A graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, she is a friend of the library and a voracious reader.  

Important dates

April 15
Application deadline

June 26
Boarders arrive

June 27
Classes begin


65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

808.885.7321 /

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