At HPA, we believe that scholarships and aid are, at the core, about opportunity. We aim to remove barriers that prevent earnest young people from achieving their goals, and we know that our school is at its best when we make it possible for students from many different walks of life to attend. To qualify for aid, families follow our regular financial aid process through the Parent and School and Student Services (SSS). In addition to this process, some special scholarships require an additional application to HPA. The following scholarships have been established, either by donors to HPA or through community programs, that involve academic merit or other special considerations.

If you have any questions at all, please email the HPA Scholarship Committee:


Recognizing Both Need and Merit

HPA has dedicated funding to award exceptional students with demonstrated financial need, as well as students who may not demonstrate need, but are outstanding contributors to their school and community.

The Kūlia Fund
This endowed scholarship supports Upper School students who demonstrate strength and leadership in academics, community engagement, and extracurricular activities. Kūlia means both “to try, strive” and “outstanding, fortunate.” The Kūlia Fund is about opportunity. It helps to remove the barriers that prevent earnest young people from realizing their dreams. Applicants are evaluated based on financial need and merit by the HPA scholarship committee. HPA typically awards 10-20 Kūlia scholarships, ranging from $3,500-$20,000.

• All scholarship applicants must complete the Financial Aid form via SSS by the January 15, 2021 deadline.
• Eligible applicants will be invited to apply.
• Deadline for the Kūlia application for the 2021-22 school year is February 10, 2021

Eligibility Requirements:
• Open to both new and returning students entering grades 9-12.
• Open to students from all geographies.
• Applicants must demonstrate financial need via the SSS process.

Application for The Kūlia Scholarship

The Kupaianaha Scholarship
HPA is honored to offer a new scholarship opportunity for Middle and Upper School students. Kupaianaha means “extraordinary,” and this scholarship is designated for those students who are truly exceptional. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of character alone. We are looking for open-hearted students who embody Ka Makani spirit, who are willing and eager to contribute to the life of the school, and who demonstrate a sense of kuleana, or responsibility. The number of Kupaianaha Scholarships awarded each year will depend upon qualified applications. Students will be selected by the HPA scholarship committee and will generally continue to receive the scholarship from year to year as long as they maintain strong standards and participate in scholarship-related activities. Awards range from $1,000-$10,000

The priority deadline for application submissions is 5 pm HST on February 10, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Open to both new and returning students entering grades 6-12.
• Open to students from all geographies.
• Applicants must demonstrate outstanding character and values.

Application for The Kupaianaha Scholarship

Investing in Hawai‘i’s Students

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is committed to providing access to the HPA experience for young people from across our island home and neighbor islands.

The HPA Faculty Big Island Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established for Upper School students in 2001 by Bill Davis, a former HPA English teacher who wanted to make the HPA experience more accessible for Hawai‘i Island students. It is the only endowed financial aid fund that is administered exclusively by teaching faculty. Particular consideration is placed upon applicants who possess outstanding quality of character, strive for academic excellence, and/or who are engaged in artistic, athletic, or community service-oriented pursuits. HPA typically awards four scholarships of $3,000 each annually.

Eligible applicants who complete the SSS financial aid application by January 15, 2021 will be invited to apply for scholarship funding via email.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Open to both new and returning students entering grades 9-12.
• Applicants must have lived on Hawai‘i Island and have been a Hawai‘i resident for a minimum of seven years.
• Applicants must demonstrate financial need via the SSS process.

Application for the HPA Faculty Big Island Scholarship

The Ho‘omau Scholarship
Established in 2014, the Ho‘omau Ka Na’auao (Continuing With Knowledge) Scholarship honors students who exhibit strong academic merit. Applicants are evaluated based on their scholarship and community references by the HPA scholarship committee. HPA typically awards 1-3 new Ho‘omau scholarships per year, ranging from $5,000-$10,000.

Deadline for the 2021-22 school year: February 10, 2021

Eligibility Requirements:
• Open to returning students entering grades 6 or 9, and new students to HPA entering grades 6-11.
• Scholarships are typically awarded to Hawai‘i students, but applications are open to all.
• Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence via SSAT scores (this year, at-home testing options are available) or academic excellence as outlined in the application.
• Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators, or community members who can speak to the applicant’s character and service.

Application for The Ho‘omau Scholarship

Community Collaborators

HPA is proud to partner with organizations across Hawai‘i who share our belief in the power of an exceptional education. If your organization would like to work with us to offer aid to deserving students, please reach out to us at

Kūki‘o Community Fund Employee Scholarship
HPA is honored to partner with the Kūki‘o Community Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to provide scholarships to support HPA students (newly accepted or currently attending) who have financial need and are dependents of active status full-time employees of Kūki‘o Golf and Beach Club, Inc., Kūki‘o Community Association, Inc., or Kūki‘o Staffing Services, LLC. This opportunity is open to all grade levels. Please email to express interest and establish eligibility.

Kīpona Scholarship
HPA is a proud Kīpona Scholarship school collaborator. The Kīpona Scholarship, offered by Kamehameha Schools, is a competitive, need-based scholarship for students applying to eligible private schools in Hawai‘i. The Kīpona Scholarship is an additional award and does not replace HPA financial aid. More information is available with Kamehameha Schools.

In addition, W.M. Keck Observatory offers HPA tuition benefits for their full-time employees. Interested applicants should reach out directly to their Human Resources department. Also, the Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation, an independent 501c3 organization, provides a number of educational scholarships to employees of the Four Seasons Hualālai hotel as well as independent contractors, vendors, and service providers who service the residential community at Hualalai Resort. More information can be found on their website.