Vision and Overview
The HPA ‘ohana is a multi-faceted group of people, all sharing a dynamic relationship, whether they are students and faculty on campus or alumni connected via the web and in communities spread across the globe. We are rooted in deeply meaningful principles of living and learning, in a relationship that is as expansive as the view from Pu‘u Lae Lae; as deep as the volcanic origins of Waimea; as diverse as the ecological landscape; as far-looking as the telescopes atop Mauna Kea; and as intimate as time spent in a canoe upon the sea that surrounds us.
Just as the majestic ohia tree is rooted firmly to the Earth, this community is rooted to the solid foundation built by those who have preceded us since the school’s founding in 1949. Today, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy serves children from kindergarten through commencement in grade 12, through both boarding and day programs, on two campuses currently enrolling 625 students from 25 countries and 17 states.With the adoption of this strategic plan in September 2016, we have challenged our school community with a renewed commitment to accountability and excellence with respect to the promise of our mission. Specifically, we are committed to:
- Providing exceptional learning opportunities offered through well-balanced educational and co-curricular programs that are rigorous and challenging and emphasize mind, body, and spirit; that encourage innovation and inspire creativity; that take advantage of our unique island location; that nurture a strong sense of community based on mutual respect and service to others; and that develop integrity and decency in our students.
- Sustaining a diverse community, defined as students from different economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds and homelands supported by a robust residential life program and exceptional faculty, staff, and administrators and school ‘ohana.
- Honoring the traditions of Hawai‘i that have evolved through direct and meaningful relationships with the islands we call home, passing from one generation to the next; that derive from the sea surrounding us, the land supporting us, and the heavens arrayed above us, complementing our rigorous academic program; that surround us and shape us, much like ka makani sweeping across the campus slopes and shaping our relationships with each other.
We are pleased to present a plan that melds our Hawaiian sense of place with the times in which we live and the future we hope to see. We welcome the opportunities and challenges to come, for we know that, like the force of ka makani, these will strengthen HPA and the preparatory principles for which we stand.