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Holiday Host Program

The HPA Hānai (Adopt/Host) School Break Program is an opportunity for HPA's Hawai'i families to host an international boarding student during winter or spring break.

International students are eager to learn about the customs and culture of local families and share their culture with others. International students and their host families often continue their friendships beyond graduation.

HPA's Hawai'i families can host an HPA boarding student and receive a $400 tuition credit per week (seven days) that will be directly applied toward tuition. Additional days or partial weeks will be pro-rated daily.

Families who are interested in participating in the Hānai School Break Program and hosting a boarding student should express their interest via e-mail to homestay@hpa.edu.

Hānai Host Family

Learn More About Becoming a Hānai Host Family


Responsibilities and Expectations of Host Family

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Requirements of Host Parent(s):

  • Must be at least 25 years of age.
  • A background check (and fingerprinting) will be required of all adults (over age 18) living in the Host Family’s home. HPA will cover the expense of the background check.
  • Host Parents are required to serve as a guardian for the Student. This includes:
    • Acting as liaison between Students’ parents and HPA in any emergency or special circumstances.
    • Willing to obtain medical and emergency Power of Attorney for the Student.
    • Host Families are encouraged to have homeowners or renters insurance with a personal liability limit of no less than $300,000.

Food, Accommodations, and Involvement with Family:

  • Provide a clean and comfortable atmosphere for the Student in the home.
  • Provide sleeping and bathroom accommodations that are reasonably private (shared is OK).
  • Provide access to laundry facilities.
  • Inform boarding Student of the bed size and whether or not the Host Family would supply linens, pillows, blankets, towels, etc.
  • Provide nutritional, well-balanced meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) seven days a week.
  • Dinner should be with the family.
  • If allowed, the Student may help prepare food or occasionally prepare his/her own meal.
  • Assist with cultural adjustments.
  • Take the Student to areas of interest.
  • Be sensitive to the Student’s needs.
  • Students are not allowed to drive, even if he/she has a driver’s license.

Proper Supervision and Monitoring:

  • Host Parents will not engage in illegal activity
  • Host Parents will not allow the Student to engage in illegal activities or otherwise legal activities that are potentially injurious to the Student. Illegal activities include, but are not limited to, the use of illegal drugs, underage alcohol consumption, driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, smoking tobacco or purchasing tobacco for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Host Parents will provide clear and explicit written instructions regarding household rules and customs that are expected of the Student (e.g. household chores such as doing dishes, keeping room clean, attending church or community events, etc.).
  • Host Parents will engage in open communication with the Student regarding household guidelines, including whether visits by friends are allowed.
  • Host Parents will respect the privacy, property, and body contact of the Student (example: a Student may not like to be hugged).
  • Host Parents will establish reasonable weekday and weekend curfews.
  • Legal curfew in the State of Hawai’i for individuals under the age of 16 is 10:00 p.m.

Hold Harmless and Indemnification:

  • It is hereby agreed and understood that: Excepting intentional acts by School officials proximately causing injury or property loss, the Host Family agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the School, its officers, directors, agents, and employees for and against any bodily injury, loss of or damage to personal property, other damage, or claim thereof, or death that might occur while the Host Family is participating in the Hānai School Break Program. It is agreed that “intentional acts” shall exclude the school’s recommendation of a Host Family and placement of the Student with such family.

Tuition Credit, Student Allowance, and Monitoring:

  • Host Family will receive a tuition credit of $400 per week (seven days) when hosting a Student. If the Host Family is also a recipient of HPA financial aid, the tuition credit will be above and beyond any financial aid funds already awarded. The $400 per week allowance will be pro-rated daily for any partial weeks.
  • Family must be willing to host the Student during any part of winter break (including the week of Christmas) or spring break.
  • Host Family should expect visits from the HPA Home-stay Coordinator to ensure the Student and Host Family are meeting the expectations of the Hānai School Break Program.
  • Host Families should budget a reasonable amount of money for daily meal expenses.
  • The Student will have an allowance from his/her parents to use during the break for spending money and to cover expenses outside of the meals and daily care of the Student (e.g. movies, tickets for special events, etc.).
  • Host Family should not require a Student to participate or attend any event or activity that may necessitate the Student to spend his/her own money (i.e. anything that costs money should be optional for the Student).

Termination of Home-stay Placement:

  • The Host Family has the right to request that the Student be removed from the home at any time.
  • The Student has the right to request a move from the Host Family’s home at any time.
  • In either case, the Home-stay Coordinator needs to be contacted, and an investigation into the matter will take place immediately.
  • Unless the home-stay Student or any member of the Host Family is in immediate danger, both parties will need to adhere to the Hānai School Break Program contract until an appropriate placement change can occur.
  • The HPA Home-stay Coordinator has the right to remove a Student from a Host Family’s home at any time if there is any indication that the Student’s well-being is being compromised.
  • In the event that a Student leaves a Host Family, the financial aid will be pro-rated daily for the amount of time the Student was living with the Host Family and credited toward tuition.

Hānai Boarding Student

Learn More About Becoming a Hānai Boarding Student


Responsibilities and Expectations of Boarding Student and Family


Download a printer friendly version acknowledgement form


Requirements of Boarding Student and Parents:

  • Family is required to pay a non-refundable $800 home-stay fee for each break the Student stays in Hawai’i. The only breaks where the home-stay option is available is the winter break (mid-December to early January) and spring break (early March to late March). This ensures the coordination and continued monitoring of the home-stay placement.
  • Family must send to the HPA Business Office additional funds for the Student to withdraw as an allowance over the break to use as spending money. The Business Office must receive the allowance money two weeks prior to the start of break. We suggest the family consider a minimum of $25 - $50 per week as an allowance.
  • Boarding Parents must provide contact information and be available for contact in case of emergencies during the entire break.
  • Parents will communicate with the Home-stay Coordinator if there are any issues with the home-stay placement.
  • In case of emergencies, boarding parents must agree to allow the home-stay family Medical and Emergency Power of Attorney during the break.

Responsibilities and Expectations of Boarding Student:

  • Boarding Students are expected to use their allowance money to pay for personal items and entertainment activities (e.g. movies, dining out, etc.) during break.
  • Help with normal household chores.
  • Keep his/her room and living space neat and tidy.
  • Make every effort to adapt to his/her new lifestyle and participate in the daily family routine (including attending community or sporting events, church, family activities, etc.).
  • Make every attempt to speak English in the home-stay whenever possible.
  • Complete his/her bath or shower within a reasonable time (20 minutes) so as to not infringe upon other family members.
  • Discuss weekend plans in advance and get permission from host parents.
  • Will not have visitors over unless permission is obtained in advance by host parents.
  • Pay for all long-distance or international phone calls.
  • Fit in with the host family’s mealtime schedule as much as possible.
  • Is expected to help prepare food and clean up.
  • Notify host parents of any food allergies prior to arrival at home.

Hold Harmless and Indemnification:

  • It is hereby agreed and understood that: Excepting intentional acts by School officials proximately causing injury or property loss, the Host Family agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the School, its officers, directors, agents, and employees for and against any bodily injury, loss of or damage to personal property, other damage, or claim thereof, or death that might occur while the Host Family is participating in the Hānai School Break Program. It is agreed that “intentional acts” shall exclude the school’s recommendation of a host family and placement of the Student with such family.

Termination of Home-stay Placement:

  • The Host Family has the right to request that the Student be removed from the home at any time.
  • The Student has the right to request a move from the host family’s home at any time.
  • In either case, the Home-stay Coordinator needs to be contacted, and an investigation into the matter will take place immediately.
  • Unless the home-stay Student or any member of the Host Family is in immediate danger, both parties will need to adhere to the Hānai School Break Program contract until an appropriate placement change can occur.
  • The HPA Home-stay Coordinator has the right to remove a Student from a Host Family’s home at any time if there is any indication that the Student’s well-being is being compromised.
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