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The HPA community connects with its Hawai'i Island home through a myriad of on- and off-campus activities. Dedicated to service, education, or recreation, activities are geared primarily toward boarding students looking to enrich their weekend agendas. Activities can be an hour or a week long; they can take place five minutes off campus or on another Hawaiian island; they can involve ten, fifty, or a hundred students. Activities at HPA are incredibly formative because they offer an opportunity for students to engage a special interest, a new peer group, or the illustrious Hawai'i Island landscape. Inspired by tradition and enacted with joy, activities are opportunities for growth treasured by the HPA community.

Activities can be dorm-wide, grade-wide, or school-wide offerings. Most are organized through Participate, the Upper School activities and outreach program, and Sustain, the environmentally-conscious service initiative, while various school clubs sponsor and manage activities in their area of interest. Activities vary each weekend, and sign-ups are limited by space.

Some past favorite activities have included:

  • Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at the fire pit outside of the Student Union.
  • Fishing from boats and camping at Honomalino in South Kona.
  • Baking treats in the dining hall with the “Cookie Monster Crew” each Friday night.
  • Cliff jumping at the southernmost point in the United States, Ka Lae, followed by an excursion to the nearby Green Sand Beach.
  • Picking kalo from a lo‘i patch with the Hawaiian Language and Environmental Literature classes in Waipi‘o Valley.
  • Camping at Kiholo Bay over Labor Day Weekend and watching the honu turtles swim in the shallow brackish ponds.
  • Marching with the HPA community float in the annual Paniolo Parade, chanting oli komo and handing out pencils to the keiki (children).
  • Taking a tour of Honolulu’s Bishop Museum with the art history class during an off-island excursion.
  • Hiking nine miles into the historic Waimanu Valley and camping for a weekend, learning “Leave No Trace” environmental responsibility guidelines from the Adventure Club advisor.
  • Watching manta rays on a nighttime scuba dive on the Kohala Coast.
  • Listening to peers sing acoustic renditions of popular music at the quarterly Lava Lounge open mic night.
  • Watching the sun rise from the top of Mauna Kea with the senior class.

    Watch student captured footage of a Mauna Kea sunrise below

Video envisioned, directed, and produced by HPA students.

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