Across all three school divisions, we foster age-appropriate ways to practice service, responsibility, and citizenship. We believe giving back is one critical way our students grow into strong, independent, and generous human beings.
We begin here on campus. With regular community chores, we all care for our classrooms and living spaces. Fourth and fifth-graders are invited to join the Peacemakers program, helping to mediate playground conflicts. Middle School and Upper School students take on greater leadership in student government, social events, chapel talks, and residence halls.
Beyond campus, service is part of place-based learning. Through service, you exercise and apply your skills to something tangible and meaningful. You begin to understand deeper challenges and to participate in real-world solutions. You receive the opportunity to reflect on yourself, your values, and your role in the larger world.
HPA partners with many community organizations and cultural groups to create meaningful contributions focused on Hawai‘i Island, both culturally and ecologically. These include Pōhāhā i Ka Lani, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and advancing indigenous Hawaiian culture; Nā Kālai Wa’a, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian wayfinding and open-ocean voyaging; Habitat for Humanity; Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina, a center for cultural and ecological peace with a mission to promote aloha ‘āina; Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources; Kukui Restoration Gardens; Waimea Food Pantry; KARES, a pet adoption agency; and Hui Aloha Kiholo.
The Upper School offers a distinction on its transcript to students who complete at least 50 hours of documented volunteer work.