Frequently Asked Questions

Summer at HPA, June 17 - July 26, 2019

Session 1: June 17 - July 05, 2019

Session 2: July 08 - July 26, 2019




When are applications due?

Applications are due on April 15, 2019. Thereafter students are accepted on a rolling basis.


How many students are accepted to Summer Session?

We accept about 60-70 boarders and 25-30 day students.


What is the difference between a boarder and a day student?

Boarders live in the residential hall on campus, enroll in a full day of classes, participate in an after school sport, and evening and weekend activities.


Day students may enroll in one, two, or three classes. They also can enroll in the after school sport and have meals on campus for an additional fee.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, limited financial aid is offered. Parents should submit their income tax forms to be considered.


Who supervises the boarders?

Our summer director of residential life oversees eight resident assistants (four female and four male RAs). Our RAs are college students who have completed their second year of college, and typically are HPA alumni who are familiar with HPA and Hawai'i Island. Each RA is assigned 8-10 advisees, and serves as the advisees’ “big brother/sister.” They are here to ensure your child has a smooth transition to summer session and is comfortable being away from home, to assist with homework, and to engage and have fun with your child.


What are some of the weekend activities?

Our weekend activities are fun-filled and action packed. We take our boarders on day trips to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and other historic sites, trips to the beach, hikes in the Waimea fields, snorkel cruise, ATV rides, Zip-lining, and horseback trail rides.


Is an F-1 student visa required for international students?

Our Summer Session is considered an enrichment camp. International students may enter with a B-1 visitor’s visa. I-20s are not issued for the HPA Summer Session.


What medical immunizations are required?

Hawaiʻi State Law requires all students to meet health examination and immunization requirements before they may attend any public or private school in the state. “School” is defined as any group child care home, day nursery, day care center, child care center, Head Start program, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, or secondary school.


Tuberculosis (TB) clearance and a physical examination must be completed within one year before first entrance into school in Hawaiʻi and must be performed by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN, or PA.



Required immunizations for preschool attendance are DTaP/DTP/Td (diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis), Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hepatitis B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and Varicella (chickenpox).

Required immunizations for grades kindergarten – 12 include DTaP/DTP/Td, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella.


All immunizations must meet minimum age and interval requirements between vaccine doses.


Is there transportation from and to the airport?

Upon arrival on Hawaiʻi Island, HPA provides a bus shuttle from the Kona Airport to the HPA campus. At the end of the Summer Session, the school provides a bus shuttle from the campus to the Kona Airport.


Is there a dress code?

Summer attire is casual; walking shorts and slippers are allowed. To be prepared for inclement weather, students are reminded to bring a jacket and running shoes (required for sports).

Where can I send mail?

Mail should be sent to:

Student’s Name
c/o HPA-Carter Residential Hall
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd.

Kamuela, HI 96743


Do students receive grades?

With the exception of the high school credit classes, courses are for enrichment only. A narrative report is sent to parents at the end of the Summer Session.