Upper School (9-12)

We want to be your launch pad—for college and everything that comes next.

What are you passionate about? Even if you don’t quite know what your “thing” is yet, we’re ready to help you explore. We believe a high school education should empower you to do real stuff in the real world. It should prepare you for the self-motivated work that universities expect and the ingenuity that future employers will demand. At the same time, we also believe that a happy life requires balance, and we offer plenty of room to discover new activities and have fun with friends. Above all, HPA is a place to call home. From the moment you step on campus, you’ll feel accepted and inspired in this welcoming community where everyone “lives aloha.”

How You’ll Learn

We combine an ambitious liberal arts program with opportunities for student-driven research and spectacular place-based learning.

Our Global Community

Hawai‘i Island and HPA are the perfect place to take global citizenship to a whole new level.

Meet your mentors

HPA faculty will guide and support you every step of the way. Meet some of the fascinating and friendly people who teach, coach, and live at HPA.

Because teaching is my second career—I worked in the corporate world, in sales and marketing originally—I wouldn’t want any other job. For me, nothing else satisfies my soul the way teaching does.”

Rika Inaba, Japanese teacher; department head, modern languages

Perhaps what I love most about the garden is the diversity of opportunities that it offers for students to learn and create across curriculum and discipline—from conservation to community-building and everywhere in between.”

Willie Quayle, Ulu Mālama farm manager and environmental educator

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.