Jackie Jefferson, associate director of admissions
Jackie Jefferson joined HPA’s admission office after working extensively with non-profits and in the technology industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Whittier College, and her career in communications, coupled with her passion for education, ultimately drew Jackie to admissions work. Having grown up on O‘ahu and attended Punahou School, Jackie is intimately acquainted with the independent school experience and island life, which she enjoys sharing with families who are on-island or looking to relocate to Hawai‘i Island.
As a parent of two HPA upper school students, Jackie speaks from her own experience with all three divisions of the school, including the many wonderful opportunities available through the academic program, arts, athletics, service learning, Hawaiian Studies, marine science, and more. Jackie lives in Waimea with her husband Steve, and their children Jack ’21 and Bayla ’23.
Territory: State of Hawai‘i (day and boarding students)
Janet Melton, associate director of admission
Janet Melton joined HPA’s admissions team in August of 2019 as an associate director of admissions. Previously, Janet was a member of the advancement team, supporting a wide range of parent programming initiatives such as Opening Days, Parents Weekend, Alu Mai, and the HPA Fund. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Post degree, she spent several years working in the healthcare industry on the mainland.
As a proud parent of Brandon ’17, Keilani ’20, and Nicole ’24, Janet is excited to share her parent perspective, passion and love of HPA with other families and students from around the world. Janet resides in Waimea with her partner TJ Kalaniopio ’94 and their blended ‘ohana.
Territory: Asia and U.S. mainland (boarding students)
Maria Mora, international admissions
Maria Mora joined HPA’s admissions team in the summer of 2019 as an international consultant based in our new satellite office in Europe. She has many years of experience working for diverse admissions offices and promoting education for boarding schools. She has a master’s degree in corporate communication from IE Business School in Madrid and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Eckerd College in Florida. Maria has found her passion in admissions by working with different cultures and helping young people with the same process that she mastered many years ago when she moved from her home country to the U.S. and to Spain to study and to start an international career.
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Territory: Europe, Latin/South America, and other international locations except Asia
Hui-Chun O’Leary, admissions office manager
Hui-Chun O’Leary joined HPA’s admissions team in January of 2017 as office coordinator. Hui-Chun supports various needs of the admissions office including the student application process, international student visa procedures, and internal and external communications. Hui-Chun is a native speaker of both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese and serves as a translator and interpreter for Chinese-speaking students and their families. Hui-Chun has also been a dorm parent for the past 12 years in Carter Hall and also worked as an administrative assistant for HPA’s college counseling office for four years. Hui-Chun resides in the HPA faculty cottages with her husband, Patrick, an HPA faculty member and member of the marketing and communication department, as well as their children, Hai-Chi ’23, and ‘Imaikalani ’29.
Tiare Judd Police ’86, director of admission
Tiare Judd Police has deep roots at HPA as an alumna, daughter of a 1962 alumnus, and parent to one current student and two alumni. After HPA, she attended Colorado State University and earned her bachelorʻs degree in human development and family studies. Joining HPA in 2009, Tiare began her work in the advancement office, bringing lasting momentum to initiatives in that department. Prior to working at HPA, she spent several successful years in real estate sales on Hawaiʻi Island and managed the office for a bustling chiropractic practice.
At HPA, Tiare loves connecting with families and educational representatives all over the world. She has a passion for helping them understand the essence of the HPA experience and all that the school has to offer. As a former student and current parent, Tiare can speak from firsthand experience about HPA’s ambitious academic program, character-building experiences, and opportunities for innovative thinking. Tiare lives in Waimea with her husband, Albert ’85, and their children, Kepa ’13, Maiah ’15, and Isabella ’21.