Sustainability at HPA

Environmental leadership, Hawai‘i style

There can be no question that sustainability is the issue of our time. Watching the oceans warm around us; feeling the pressure of waste management and energy depletion; witnessing the globalization of business and agriculture—one thing is clear: all individuals, industries, communities, and nations now exist within a complex net of interrelated environmental challenges.

At HPA, we believe our campus can become a living laboratory that sends engaged citizens and agents of change into the world. We must raise up a generation of problem-solvers, recognizing that our young people will face both the burden and the opportunities of a new ecological paradigm.



Mālama kaiāulu: cohesive vision

Supported by a generous grant from alumnus Jim Kennedy, class of 1966, we completed a visionary planning process during the 2018-19 academic year to formulate a roadmap that will place HPA among the greenest of schools. Over 1,000 individuals contributed to this comprehensive plan: students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents, grandparents, community members, cultural practitioners, environmental experts, and more.

We have set aggressive goals for these metrics, including becoming net zero energy and zero waste by 2030.

The HPA Sustainability Plan expresses a broad perspective of interconnection and responsibility, one that will train our students to be integrated thinkers who see the connections that exist within complicated systems. Mālama kaiāulu (care for our community of spirit, land, and people) calls us to respect all elements that comprise our world—animals and humans, forests and grasslands, ocean and lava rock. We must first work to restore social and ecological systems to a healthy state, and then enable all systems to maintain and evolve. Mālama kaiāulu is our vision for regenerative sustainability.

Next steps

HPA’s Sustainability Plan received unanimous approval from the board of trustees in April 2019. The plan includes 12 metrics by which we measure progress on curricular development, energy, water, waste, transportation, and much more. We are now implementing elements of the plan as resources will allow. Our immediate work focuses on coursework creation and a re-formulation of HPA’s campus master plan through the lens of sustainability, along with seeking funds and philanthropic partners who can help move this vision into reality.

To learn more about our goals and metrics, visit the online plan and dashboard.

To ask questions or get involved, contact Hannah Hind Candelario ’01, director of advancement, at

Sustainability at HPA

Sustainability Plan

Download the Sustainability Plan PDF.