Alumni Speaker Series

Established with a generous grant from a long time supporter of the school, the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy Alumni Speaker Series provides a spectacular opportunity to connect our students with alumni whose work, knowledge, passions, and life experiences will inspire their academic and personal growth.

The Alumni Speaker Series affords HPA alumni an invaluable opportunity to experience the school anew through the eyes of our students - from changes on campus to changes in curriculum.

As our 2017 Alumni Speaker, Hans Solmssen ‘75, recently observed:

I’ve just spent the last three days at HPA talking about how my life so far has taken me from growing up in Waimea to [mountain] guiding in Verbier, Switzerland. What an amazing and progressive school HPA has become. The way teaching and learning is done here today is so much different than when I went to school in the 70’s. I’m blown away by the level of academics at school now…[and] very moved by what I discovered here on campus these past three days.

The Alumni Speaker Series provides an essential connection between the generations of our HPA ʻohana, enabling us to build upon the rich history of our storied school to create new opportunities and traditions. We are extremely grateful for this gift.

2017 Alumni Speaker Hans Solmssen '75

2016 Alumni Speaker Elliot Kastner '09

Interested in connecting with our students? Alumni with professional wisdom and life experience that will inspire and challenge our students (or if you prefer to nominate someone else), we encourage you to apply. Contact us at

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