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Where can I shop in Waimea?

KTA Super Stores, Radio Shack, Foodland, Kamuela Ace Hardware. (From HPA, head southeast on Kawaihae Rd. about two miles, turn left at the light onto Mamalahoa Hwy.) All stores are within two blocks along either side of the street.

Where can I shop in Kona?

Target, Office Max, Ross Dress-For-Less (from HPA, head west on H19/Kawaihae Road for about eight miles, turn left onto Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. and continue for about 32 miles, turn right on Makala Blvd.) Target is on the left; Office Max and Ross are on the right.

Kmart and Macy's (from HPA, head west on H19/Kawaiahe Road for about 8 miles, turn left onto Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. for about 32 miles, turn left on Makala Blvd., then take the first right onto Kamakaeha Ave.) Kmart and Macy's are on the left.

Wal-Mart (from HPA, head west on H19/Kawaihae Road for about eight miles, turn left onto Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. and continue for about 33 miles, turn left onto Hawaii Belt Road, turn right onto Henry Street) Wal-Mart is on the right.

How can my child get to town for groceries and other amenities?

There are several ways. Wednesday evenings, and every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the dorm parents run shuttle buses to the local shopping centers. Remember, however, you must always sign out properly before leaving campus.

What is my child's mailing address?

Student Name
Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, HI 96743

Will my child receive an e-mail account at HPA?

Yes. Your child will receive an HPA e-mail account. As an example, a student named John Smith will be assigned an e-mail address of unless that address already is taken, then it will be (or the next available number).

Where should my child go if s/he needs help with his/her computer?

HPA maintains a computer repair center and can help with computer hardware and software problems. Computer teachers are also available to help with usage questions.

What are some of the activities my child will be participating in during free time and weekends?

When your child is not engaged in classes, sports, and study hall, our staff organizes evening games, ice-cream socials, dances, and movies. Weekend activities take place off campus where students are exposed to the natural splendor Hawaii Island has to offer. Some excursions include glass bottom boat rides, zip-lining through the rain forest, and beach trips.

Is there a hospital or emergency room close by?

North Hawai'i Community Hospital is a modern, fully equipped hospital located in the town of Kamuela within a 10-minute drive from our campus. The emergency room at the hospital is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by qualified emergency room physicians and nurses.

My child is a boarder. What should s/he do if s/he doesn't feel well?

During the school day, your child can visit the school infirmary. Nurses are available to see students between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. At the Upper Campus, the infirmary is located on the lower level of Taylor Commons (below the dining room.) A nurse is on call whenever the infirmary is closed to give health advice and to transport your child to the emergency room if needed. If your child needs care after hours, s/he should contact his/her dorm faculty advisor who will contact the nurse on call.

What is a prefect?

Prefects are student leaders in the residence halls. They are seniors who have been selected to serve as peer guides, helpers, and role models in residential life. They are excellent sources of information and always are there for you when you need them. Count on your prefects because they will take care of you.

How can my child get allowance?

On Wednesday and Friday once a week during lunch from Mrs. Stevens at the Wishard Administration building. Each family decides the weekly amount; we recommend $25 per week.

How is laundry handled?

The school provides free laundry facilities and laundry training is provided. Students need to purchase their own laundry soap.

Can my child sign out to a friend's house on the weekends?

Boarding students often sign out to day students or local 5 day boarders' homes for the weekend. The residential community uses a program called Boardingware that utilizes a leave system for weekend leave requests. Your child first puts in a leave request, which then triggers email permission requests to you and the host family. All permissions must be received in order for the leave to be approved. You can contact our Leavemaster, Ms. LeeAnn Ganley, with any questions about weekend leaves at

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