Lower School (K-5)

The warmth of our ‘ohana sparks curiosity, kindness, and wonder.

In Lower School, we lay the foundation for joyful learning and place-based exploration of our island and the larger world. We plan carefully for what our students need as they grow toward the Middle and Upper Schools. In each classroom, a team of teachers and subject-specialists delivers a multifaceted learning experience that is both challenging and enriching. We are known for the vibrancy of our curriculum, which, in addition to traditional subjects, includes sustainability leadership, visual and performing arts, Hawaiian studies, physical education, library science, and a wealth of co-curricular adventures. Above all, every student receives warm, devoted attention in our close-knit ‘ohana. We are deeply committed to core values that make HPA a place of inspiration and wonder, where every student can reach their full potential.

Projects & capstones at HPA

Projects and Capstones

From Lower School to Upper School, see where this signature program can take your child.

Our teachers distinguish HPA

Meet some of the fascinating and deeply devoted individuals who make HPA special, from the Lower School all the way through high school graduation.

It’s really important to end every project with a showcase event, where kids get to show off what they have created. It’s an important skill, plus it provides a real purpose, a sense of pride.”

Bobby Baretto, third grade teacher

Often times, we think of sustainability in terms of practices or actions that help us be environmentally aware. However, there is also the piece of sustaining ourselves, our being.”

Teri Chong ’82, first-grade teacher

Students taking the September 19 ACT

Check-in will begin at 7:30 am at Rutgers Tennis Center. Students must have been on the Big Island for at least 15 consecutive days prior to testing or they will not be admitted, per the governor's mandate. Any student from an off-island school must bring a copy of their airline ticket showing their date of arrival on the Big Island — no exceptions.

Students will be required to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire and have a touchless temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature over 99.9 degrees will not be admitted. All examinees must have a mask, photo ID, and No. 2 pencils. Please do not forget an approved calculator. It is recommended that students bring a water bottle and snack. No water fountains are available on campus.