Recognizing that our young people will face both the burden and the opportunities of a new ecological paradigm, we must empower our students’ energy and action. Surrounded by unique ecosystems and cultures, HPA is perfectly positioned to be among the greenest of schools and to undertake a leadership role in sustainability education.”

—HPA Sustainability Plan, adopted 2019

In April 2019, the HPA board of trustees approved a visionary plan for sustainability education at HPA. Based on a year of research, community collaboration, and faculty development that was generously funded by Jim Kennedy ’66 and the J. C. Kennedy Foundation, the plan seeks to establish HPA as a “living laboratory” for green campus practices and groundbreaking empowerment of young sustainability leaders.

With clear, bold objectives in place, HPA is now seeking philanthropic partners who share our sense of urgency and who will help launch HPA students and our school forward. We are already implementing elements of the plan as resources allow, but a comprehensive elevation of our programs and facilities will require generous support from across our HPA ‘ohana.

Hallmarks of our sustainability vision include:

  • K-12 programming that will cultivate student understanding, leadership, and impact from kindergarten through highschool.
  • Capstone courses and project-based work that allow students to develop and demonstrate innovation.
  • 12 sustainability metrics by which we’ll measure progress, including food, wellness, waste, alternative transportation, water, land, and energy.
  • A resource goal of 100% renewable energy consumption by 2030.
  • Achieve zero waste by 2030.
  • Upgrade of systems and facilities to achieve green benchmarks and a comprehensive campus plan viewed through the lens of sustainability.

If you are interested in learning more about the impact your philanthropy can make on this historic effort, contact Hannah Hind Candelario ’01, director of advancement, at or 808-881-4075.

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.