Learn what an HPA education can do for you!

A place to learn like nowhere else

Founded in 1949, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is a co-educational, college-preparatory, day and boarding school that serves kindergarten through 12th grade, plus a postgraduate year. Here on Hawai‘i Island, our students live and study within rare landscapes, precious ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures.

We embrace these attributes to create unique signature programs, research partnerships, and growth opportunities that make HPA a school like no other. We exist to empower students with a sense of purpose, and to ensure they have strong core values and the real-world skills to explore and reinvent that purpose over a lifetime.

At HPA, learning goes beyond the ordinary, thanks to opportunities found only on Hawai‘i Island

HPA combines a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with the chance to design and conduct your own real-world research, arts, or community projects. Through capstone classes, 16 Advanced Placement courses, an award-winning Energy Lab, immersive local learning, and other signature programs, HPA supports and empowers you to hone skills, build confidence, and create an impressive body of work for college and later life.

Recent College Destinations

No matter where your interests lie, we are here to help you find a college, university, or program that fits your learning style and supports your dreams. That could mean a high-profile, urban institution; an engineering institute; a small, rural, liberal arts college; film, art, or design school; a culinary program; an international gap year adventure—the world is open to you.

  • Amsterdam University College
  • Baylor University
  • Brown University
  • Chapman University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Georgetown University
  • IED Milan Design School
  • Loyola Marymount
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rice University
  • Seattle University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford University
  • The American University of Rome
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St Andrews

Tiare Judd Police ’86, director of admission

Tiare Judd Police ’86, director of admission

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Janet Melton, associate director of admission

Janet Melton, associate director of admission

Asia and U.S. mainland (boarding students)


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Jackie Jefferson, associate director of admissions

Jackie Jefferson, associate director of admission

Kindergarten-12th Grade day students


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Maria Mora, international admissions

Maria Mora, international admissions

Europe, Latin/South America, and other international locations, except for Asia


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