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 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.

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

Both my dad and my husband are the beekeepers—I am more on the periphery, maybe a beethinker rather than a beekeeper.”

Kristin Tarnas, fifth grade teacher