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The HPA Upper Campus is located on 220 acres in the foothills of the Kohala Mountains and is home to the Upper School (grades 9-12 and postgraduate). Boarding students enjoy the beauty of the campus and the multitude of opportunities the facilities provide. Academic facilities include 22 classrooms, a lecture hall, Institute of English Studies (IES) classroom, music and rehearsal rooms, science laboratories, and a state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum certified Energy Lab.
The HPA Energy Lab is the world’s leading building in K-12 sustainable design. It earned its LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge status after being constructed entirely from materials found within a 3,000-mile radius of the Upper School campus. Students are highly encouraged to conduct independent research projects using the technology and funding available to them at the Energy Lab, and students often have the opportunity to present their findings at national and international science conferences.
Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project's fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally conscious, sustainable living systems.
The Energy Lab was developed in response to the science curriculum it houses. From small project rooms, to a large research center, to a laboratory, spaces were designed to encourage student discovery, exploration and experimentation. The building’s configuration facilitates scientific study both indoors and out, linking interior spaces with the surrounding landscape. Students are surrounded by the systems that they study, and constantly reminded of their methods. HPA's Energy Lab offers a continuous sustainable ‘teaching moment’.
Gates Performing Arts Center
The Gates Performing Arts Center (GPAC) seats 360 people and is home to around 10 HPA productions a year from the Lower, Middle and Upper School performing arts programs. GPAC features a proscenium-style stage and houses multiple musical theatre and stagecraft classes in the backstage classrooms. It also has a workshop area, dressing rooms, costume closets, a sprung dance floor with full-length mirrors, and a ballet barre for any students wishing to take initiative in the performing arts. The theater is outfitted with a state-of-the-art surround sound system and a 4k laser projection system.
Davenport Music Center
The Davenport Music Center is adjacent to the Gates Performing Arts Center and is a building devoted to music instruction and development. The Upper School’s choir and musical theatre classes meet in the Music Center, which has multiple practice rooms and instruments available to students during school and after-school hours.
Gerry Clark Art Center
The Gerry Clark Art Center features a spacious, open air main studio, a ceramics room and kiln, and a photographic studio equipped with lights and backgrounds. The art center displays past student work in every medium and encourages current students to be adventurous in their future projects.
John Dyer Memorial Library
The John Dyer Memorial Library features 17,000 volumes and 800 periodicals, including 70 current subscriptions, accessible to all students and faculty. The library is equipped with multiple encyclopedia for reference use and has a rare Hawaiiana literature and art collection. Multiple freshmen introductory courses, as well as select English Language Learner (ELL) classes, meet in the facility’s classrooms. The library overlooks the 220-acre Upper Campus and provides a social yet serene environment in which students can be productive.
The Technology Center houses the Csi-Mec Lab, the HPA Learning Center, and the Digital Media Lab. The information technology department’s offices are located in the center and provides technical support for HPA's 1-2-1 program.
Castle Lecture Hall
Castle Lecture Hall is an 800 square-foot conference hall located next to the Gerry Clark Art Center. The lecture hall is often used as a space for standardized testing and large seminar courses, though it is also used for Zumba, Pilates, and other extracurricular events.
Designed by Vladimir N. Ossipoff and completed in 1966, the Davies Chapel has a choir loft and seating for 375.
James M. Taylor Commons
The Taylor Commons is the proverbial heart of the HPA campus. The Commons is a three-building complex featuring the Dining Hall, the Admission and Registrar offices, and the Audio-Visual Technology Center. Many students eat lunch in the Commons’ outdoor courtyard on the student-painted benches. Experience HPA and other campus-wide events are held in the Taylor Commons.
Ko Kākou Student Union
Opened in 2004, the Ko Kākou Student Union is a multi-story recreational building designed for students’ enjoyment and relaxation. The Union has a kitchen and is often host to ice cream parties or club bake sales. It has Ping-Pong tables for day-round friendly play and a piano for spontaneous “jam sessions.” Many school dances are held in the Union. Its floor-to-ceiling windows and light, airy décor make the Union’s 4,100 square feet a center of relaxation and fun.
There are three residence halls at the Upper Campus. All rooms have telephones, computer hookups, and high-speed Internet access. Each dorm’s common area includes a student lounge, laundry facilities, Macintosh computers, table games, TV, DVD player, and fireplace.
- Carter Hall
- Robertson Hall
- Perry-Fiske Hall
Colson Courts for volleyball and basketball, wrestling room, locker rooms, athletic training room, and equipment and drying rooms.
Nakamaru Fitness Center
This 2,000 square-foot center features the latest in free weights and fixed-weighted equipment.
Herbert M. and Laura N. Dowsett Pool
Outdoor, heated, 25 meters x 25 yards, with two, one-meter diving boards. A pool manager supervises during lap times and classes.
Rutgers Tennis Center
Four covered, lighted courts. Honored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as one of the best facilities in the U.S. (1999).
Cross Country Course
The 3.1 mile cross country course winds through the HPA campus and includes a challenging hill along with downhills and flats.
Stanford W. Shutes Track
The Stanford W. Shutes Track, opened on September 13, 2010, is a 400-meter, eight-lane, all-weather synthetic surface track with synthetic infields in the “D” zones at each end for the high jump, pole vault, and long jump track events. The track was designed and built in compliance with National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards governing high school and international amateur competitions.
- Football field - resodded as part of the track renovation in 2010.
- Softball field
- Soccer field
- Bishop Kennedy Baseball Field - named after Bishop Harry S. Kennedy, the schools founder
Polo field, stadium jumping area, dressage area, and cross-country course. The school herd consists of 30 animals on pasture that are collected daily into the corral/tack house area. Western and English tack.
Two vessels (22 and 17 feet) and a 13-foot inflatable used for scuba, marine biology, Sea Turtle Research Program and student activities.
Kai Hala‘i (referring to the calm sea) is the HPA outrigger canoe used by students. The canoe was acquired by HPA and named by the team during 2004-2005.
The Village Campus encompasses eight acres and houses 13 classrooms for students in grades K-8, including music, drama, art, and computer rooms. Other facilities include the Lynn Taylor Library; the dining room, which seats 120; single- and double-room dormitories; Isaacs Art Center (shown right); and recreational areas adjoining the campus. In addition, to enhance our sustainability curricular focus we have a new organic garden and greenhouse. Students at the Village Campus also use Upper Campus facilities, including the gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, and horse stable and fields, along with Davies Chapel, Gates Performing Arts Center, and the Energy Lab