Fred Wawner began his tenure as the interim head of school for Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in June of 2021. Wawner joined the HPA ʻohana in 2009 as the Director of Student Life and has spent the last three years at HPA as the assistant head of school for student life. Over the last decade, Wawner has served in several different leadership capacities, including as the Dean of Student Life and as the head of our residential life program. As a member of the school’s Strategic Planning team, he also helped develop the school’s core values and has been instrumental in the accreditation process for HPA.

Wawner moved to Hawaiʻi with 14 years of experience working at two other residential schools in Virginia, where he was born and raised and went on to earn a master’s degree in education with a focus on special education from Old Dominion University. He and his wife, Dina, have four children — son, William (Bear), who will graduate with the HPA Class of 2022 next year; and daughters, Ali ‘23, Fischer ‘25, and Rosey ‘27.

His goal is to continue moving forward with attention to HPA’s Strategic and Sustainability plans, as we grow and excel as an institution. Wawner’s immediate objectives are to ensure HPA experiences organizational stability and to establish a work plan which will provide transparency and the ability to evaluate our progress and direction along the way.

“I am excited and extremely optimistic about the coming year. HPA is blessed with incredible administrative and classroom leaders, who are aligned and motivated to build on our mission and core values,” says Wawner. “Our skilled leadership team has a proven record of resilience, dedication, and integrity, and our school community will continue to thrive.”



Hannah Candelario ’01
director of advancement

Glenn Chickering ’P29
Middle School principal

Amy Cole
assistant head of school for academics

Michelle Ferron-Guppy P’18, ’20
director of human resources

Hamilton Ford ’05
director of residential life

Max Gygax
chief financial officer

Dora Kwong
Lower School principal

Mollie Hustace P’03, ’07
director of the Isaacs Art Center

Terrence Kalaniopio ’94; P’21, ’23
director of facilities

Andrew Kelsey P’31
director of college counseling

Mileka Lincoln ’02
director of marketing and communications

Gregory McKenna P’33
sustainability resource director

Ka’ai Spencer
Upper School principal

Mark Noetzel P’18
dean of campus life

Stephen Perry P’16, ’18, ’20, ’22
director of athletics

Tiare Police ’86; P’13, ’15, ’21
director of admissions

Marc Rice P’88, ’91
director of technology services; director of Sea Turtle Research Program

Liz Watson
director of student affairs

Patricia Walker
director of auxiliary programs

William Wiecking P’22
Energy Lab director

Board of Trustees

Laurie T. Ainslie P’12, ’15,
community leader and philanthropist

Robert R. Budway ’76, chair
president, Can Manufacturers Institute

Michael J. Chun
retired president and headmaster, Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama

Warren Doi P’22
mentor, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

Taylor Easley ’91
owner and president, Easley Associates

Allison Holt Gendreau P’08
community leader and philanthropist

Nona Hasegawa ’78
vice president/investments, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Rob O’Donohue ’95
senior solution architect, Amazon Web Services

Samuel Pratt ’84
director/president, Niu Pia Land Company Ltd.

William D. Pratt ’86
director/vice president, Niu Pia Land Company Ltd.

Michael S. Spalding ’66
president, Michael Spalding Realty

Bonnie Bogue Wedemeyer ’86
executive VP, sales and strategy, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ward Village

Taffi Wise P’12, ’15, ’17
executive director, Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning Ohana

Ana Yarawamai Hiyane ’00
operations manager, KUPU Hawaii