FAQ for grades 6 to 12

When are applications due?
Applications are due on April 15, 2020. Thereafter students are accepted on a space-available basis.

Roughly how many students attend the grade 6 to 12 program with Summer at HPA?
On average, 60 to 70 boarding students and 30 or more day students.

What is the difference between a boarder and a day student?
Boarders live in the residential hall on campus. They enroll in a full day of classes and participate in an afterschool sport as well as evening and weekend activities. Day students may enroll in one, two, or three classes. They also can enroll in the afterschool sport and have lunch on campus for an additional fee.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, limited financial aid is offered. Contact summer@hpa.edu for more information.

Who supervises the boarders?
Our summer director of residential life oversees eight resident assistants (RAs), four female and four male. Our RAs are college students who have completed their second year of college, and they typically are HPA alumni who are familiar with HPA and Hawai‘i Island. Each RA is assigned 8 to 10 advisees and serves as their “big brother/sister.” They are here to ensure your child has a smooth transition to the summer session and is comfortable being away from home; to assist with homework; and to engage and have fun with your child.

What are some of the weekend activities?
Our weekend activities are fun-filled and action-packed. We take our boarders on day trips to the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and other historic sites, trips to the beach, hikes in the Waimea fields, snorkel cruise, and zip-lining.

Is an F-1 student visa required for international students?
Summer at HPA is considered an enrichment camp. International students may enter with a B-1 visitor’s visa. I-20s are not issued for Summer at HPA.

Is there transportation from and to the airport?
Upon arrival on Hawaiʻi Island, HPA provides a shuttle bus for students only from the Kona Airport to the HPA campus. At the end of the summer session, we provide another shuttle from campus back to the airport.

Is there a dress code?
Summer attire is casual; walking shorts and sandals are allowed. To be prepared for inclement weather, students are reminded to bring a jacket and running shoes (required for sports). All clothing should be modest, tasteful, and respectful; free from profanity; and free from drug, alcohol, and sexual references.

Where can I send mail?
Mail should be sent to:
Student’s Name
Summer at HPA
c/o Auxillary Programs
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd.
Kamuela, HI 96743

Do students receive grades?
With the exception of the high school credit classes, courses are for enrichment only. A narrative report is sent to parents at the end of the summer session.

Ready to apply?

Please complete our inquiry form. An online account will be created and shared with you for your Summer at HPA application.
Deadline: April 15, 2020

We may in some circumstances accept applications on a rolling basis after the April 15 deadline. Please inquire at summer@hpa.edu or 808-881-4019.

Complete inquiry form