The HPA Difference

On Hawai‘i Island, you will live and learn within spectacular landscapes, vital ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures. Hawaiian traditions reach back thousands of years, while today’s community leaders, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs of the region are propelling us forward on issues such as sustainability, space exploration, human creativity, spirituality, and cultural cooperation.

At HPA, we embrace these unique resources to create signature programs and exceptional learning opportunities you won't find anywhere else. Hawai‘i Island is home to

  • 11 of the world's 13 climate zones
  • six volcanoes (three of them active)
  • an internationally-renowned sea turtle research program
  • the Merrie Monarch Festival, the "Olympics" of hula
  • 13 of the world's largest telescopes, atop Mauna Kea

With 80% of the world’s ecosystems in our backyard, you can SCUBA dive in the Pacific as part of your marine biology coursework or explore ancient agricultural practices in the centuries-old taro patches of Waipi‘o Valley.

We combine a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with the chance to design and conduct your own high-level, real-world research or creative projects. Through the Energy Lab, capstone projects, outdoor adventures, and many other programs, we support and empower you to explore your sense of purpose in the world as you prepare for college and for life.

All your learning takes place within a global school community that is unlike any other. Day students from Hawai‘i are joined by boarding students from 17 other U.S. states and 25 countries to build a diverse, international ‘ohana (family). From the moment you step on campus, you will feel accepted and appreciated in this safe and welcoming environment where everyone “lives aloha.”


Build Your Own Path to Research, Adventure, and Community on Hawai'i Island

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