lower school accepted students

Congratulations and welcome to the Lower School!

Aloha parents and guardians,

We are thrilled to welcome you into the HPA ‘ohana (family). In this time of social distancing, we’re increasing our virtual efforts to help you experience HPA and meet some of the people who make our community so special. We want to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be helpful.

HPA is a truly exceptional place to learn and grow. At the Lower School, your child will be challenged and supported in equal measure, within a school culture that values creativity and discovery. Our emphasis on project-based learning, Hawaiian Studies, and HPA core values (to name just a few programs) will bring a host of vibrant experiences into your life. We can’t wait to get started on the journey with you!

In addition to the resources posted here, we will keep you informed of new connection opportunities as they become available. In the meantime, welcome and congratulations again!


Tiare Judd Police ’86
director of admissions
HPA parent, classes of ’13, ’15, and ’21

Virtual events for parents and students

April 23, 2020 12:00 p.m. HST
Virtual Lower School Town Hall Meeting
Q & A with Cathy Grant, Lower School principal; Amy Cole, HPA director of studies; and Lisa Salazar, current parent and advancement office event and volunteer manager


Questions? Need assistance?

We’re eager to help. Please contact us through either of the means below.

Jackie Jefferson, associate director of admissions
jjefferson@hpa.edu   808-881-4091
Territory: State of Hawai‘i (day and boarding students)

For general inquiries you can also contact admissions@hpa.edu.

Welcome to Canoe Day, part of place-based learning at the Lower School.

People of HPA

Get to know some of our devoted teachers, in the Lower School and beyond.

Often times, we think of sustainability in terms of practices or actions that help us be environmentally aware. However, there is also the piece of sustaining ourselves, our being.”

Teri Chong ’82, first-grade teacher

Both my dad and my husband are the beekeepers—I am more on the periphery, maybe a beethinker rather than a beekeeper.”

Kristin Tarnas, fifth grade teacher

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