Head of School Message

As a parent and a head of school, there are many days when I try to imagine the future. What will the world look like 20 years from now, when my children, Malia and Caleb, are college graduates? What kinds of challenges and opportunities will our HPA alumni encounter? And, above all: Are we giving our children the skills they need to thrive?

There’s no question that our world is changing—economically, environmentally, socially. At HPA, we must ensure that our students are truly prepared. Building on our rigorous, college-preparatory foundation, we have moved into a bold new phase of innovation. We seek to elevate the HPA curriculum to become more active, entrepreneurial, and creatively engaged with the tremendous environmental and cultural resources of Hawai‘i Island.

Hawai‘i Island and the entire Pacific region have much to teach the world. We live at a confluence of vital ecosystems and world cultures. Hawaiian wisdom reaches back thousands of years, while today’s community leaders, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs of the region are propelling us forward on issues such as sustainability, space exploration, the value of creativity, and cultural cooperation.

At HPA, we must remain at the forefront of this exciting journey. We are uniquely positioned to inspire students with unparalleled learning experiences, grounded in the ingenuity of Hawai‘i Island, available nowhere else on earth. Our strategic plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2016, provides a road map by which we will evaluate our progress and adjust our course where necessary over the coming years.

Please join me by engaging with the creative vision taking shape at HPA today. I invite you to share any thoughts you have about our priorities. Does this plan advance HPA in ways that excite you? What hopes do you have for the future of HPA? How can we better serve our students and alumni as the plan moves forward? These are some of the questions that matter deeply to me as your Head of School.

Ultimately, our vision is to help each HPA student discover his or her individual sense of purpose. We must give our students extraordinary opportunities to explore new ideas and demonstrate emerging skills while still in high school. By equipping our students for the “new normal” of a fluid, competitive global society, HPA will help strengthen countless communities and support diverse professions. What we do here on campus matters greatly to our island and to the larger world.

The future is bright for our HPA ‘ohana. I look forward to all we will accomplish together.

With sincere aloha,

Robert McKendry, Head of School

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