Signature Programs

Hawai‘i Island is a small landmass where big things happen. At HPA, you can be part of crafting an educational experience that is exceptional in both depth and scope. Within our signature programs and beyond, you have plenty of room to explore, with supportive faculty and staff to mentor you along the way.

Students work on robotics project

Capstone Projects  

Become an independent learner who creates real-world research, a social venture, or artistic performance. We have the technology and program to guide you as you discover and pursue your passion.

Students flying drone

Energy Lab

Discover a wealth of resources inside the world's most sustainable school building. Collaborate with peers; partner with places like NASA, the Keck Observatory, and Stanford and Cornell Universities.

Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program

Explore the majestic landscapes, vital ecosystems, and cultural significance of Hawai‘i Island and our region through kayaking, surfing, hiking, and other trips. Learn to live the meaning of aloha 'aina.

Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian Language and Studies

Across all school divisions, we strive to honor the traditions of the islands we call home. Discover the beauty of the Hawaiian language; practice hula and ‘oli (chants) in celebration of important school/community events.

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Isaacs Art Center

The Center's permanent collection serves as a learning resource for teachers, students, and the local community. Browse paintings, furniture, Hawaiiana, and the largest intact body of work by 20th century artist Madge Tennant.

Girl riding horse

Equestrian Program

A true signature program at HPA, the Equestrian Program began in 1957; students at all skill level can enjoy polo, jumping, dressage, trail riding, and even some Western Style riding.

OurWorld Travel Program

OurWorld Travel Program

This cultural immersion program takes Upper and Middle School students to a wide range of destinations. Exercise your language skills and participate in international community service.

Students releasing tagged turtle

Sea Turtle Research

Since 1987, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), HPA students have studied green sea turtles in Hawai‘i and many other parts of the world. This is hands-on science at its best!

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