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Events, Activities, and Volunteer Opportunities

Hawaiian Proverb:
A'ohe Hana Nui Ka Alu'ia
No Task Is Too Big When Done Together...

Please join the ‘Ohana Assocation (‘Ohana)! Together, we can further grow the HPA bond, create great memories, and enhance the HPA experience for all. There are various ways to get involved - from chairing an event, securing a venue for activities, gifting supplies, sharing your talents/skills, or offering a few hours of help. Several volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. If interested, please send all emails to ohana_communications@hpa.edu

ROOM/GRADE PARENTS

Lower School Grade Parents

Contact: Lisa Salazar

K-5 Room Parents serve as a liaison between the `Ohana Association and class parents. A Room Parent should have a positive and supportive view of the class, teachers, and HPA community and programs. There are two Room Parents per class (although we welcome as many supporting parents as possible who can lend their time).

Middle School Grade Parents

Contact: Michele Lieberman

6-8 Grade Parents work with student council, teachers, parents and the ‘Ohana Association (‘Ohana) to put together class and grade celebrations, coordinate teacher or advisor gifts and support various ‘Ohana sponsored events and school projects throughout the year.

Upper School Grade Parents

Contact: Melissa Virtue

9-12 Grade Parents work with student council, teachers, parents and the ‘Ohana Association (‘Ohana) to support various ‘Ohana sponsored events and school projects.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND PARENT/STUDENT EDUCATION

'Ohana General Meetings

Contact: Karen Goore

The General Meetings for 2018-2019 will be held at the Isaacs Art Center. Open to all HPA parents/guardians. Learn about the upcoming events, listen to the breakout session presenters, enjoy the incredible artwork, and mingle with other HPA administrators and parents. For agendas, click here.

  • September 13th, 2018
  • January 10th, 2019
  • April 18th, 2019

 

For those unable to attend, live streaming will be available on the HPA Parent Resource Hub (request to join if you are not already part of this group). Questions or comments can be directed. to ohana_communications@hpa.edu.

 

Waimea Twilight Parade: "Truckers Light Up the Town"

Chair: TBA

Saturday, December 1 from 5:30-6:45pm

HPA joins other community organizations for the 58th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade. Help adorn the HPA Float (hauled by J&G Trucking), school bus, and golf cart with lights and decorations. This festive Waimea tradition, draws our island community together, reminds us to be grateful for our blessings, and care for those less fortunate during this season of aloha.

Parade Participants: Wear red and plan for rain. Please find us at 3pm, Church Row.

    • HPA Families and *Village Campus Students: register here to ride the float/bus. *Lower School students must be accompanied by an adult to ride the float.
    • Upper School Students: register via www.participate.hpa.edu.

Volunteers: Support is also needed for prep work on Friday and dismantling of float on Sunday. Learn more here to help and join the fun! Upper School students may earn community service hours or work off demerits by signing up on the Participate like above.


Ka Makani Korner (Parade Hospitality Tent)

Chair: TBA

Saturday, December 1
‘Ohana hosts a hospitality tent at the Waimea Civic Center Park, across the street from Church row (the starting point of the Waimea Lights Parade). We share our aloha with the community by serving warm drinks and candy canes. HPA also collects donations for the Big Island Giving Tree. Show your HPA spirit and wear any red HPA apparel. Cheer on our HPA float and parade participants as they pass by!

Ka Makani Korner still needs help in set-up, serving, and clean-up crews for about an hour. Baked goods also requested. Click here to volunteer!

TEACHER APPRECIATION COMMITTEE

Contact: Melissa Virtue

Fall Teacher Appreciation 2017

Thursday-Friday, November 16-17 (Upper School) from 8:00am - 3:00pm

On behalf of all families, ‘Ohana coordinates this event twice a year to honor our HPA teachers. In the fall, Upper Campus teachers receive spot massages and enjoy homemade goodies while the Village Campus teachers receive Starbucks gift certificates. In the spring, the rejuvenating treats that express our gratitude are provided in reverse.

  • Donation Requests/Opportunities: Grab-and-Go homemade finger foods like mini sandwiches, sushi, crudités, and baked goods.

Click here for Fall Sign up - Upper Campus!

Spring Teacher Appreciation 2018

Thursday, April 12 (Village Campus)

On behalf of all families, ‘Ohana coordinates this event twice a year to honor our HPA teachers. Now the Village Campus teachers receive spot massages and enjoy homemade goodies while the Upper Campus teachers receive a Starbucks gift certificates. In the fall, the rejuvenating treats that express our gratitude were provided in reverse. Click here

  • Food Requests: Grab-and-Go homemade finger foods like mini sandwiches, sushi, crudités, and baked goods. Click here to sign up!

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Contact: Barbara Hughes
The 'Ohana works with the HPA Advancement Office on fundraising opportunities. Shop, collect, and dine out while helping the school. Learn more by clicking on the panels below.

Alu Mai

Saturday, April 21 at Isaacs Art Center

‘Ohana provides support to the Advancement Office for

HPA's FUNdraising gala. Alu Mai 2018: An Evening in Celebration of the Arts benefits HPA's student financial aid program and the K-12 art department!

Enjoy music by incredible local artists and Hawai'i Regional Cuisine prepared by island chefs from across the Kohala coast! Seating is limited so register here today!


AmazonSmile

Shop online? Then please consider ordering through AmazonSmiles. Simply register your current or new account on AmazonSmile and designate "Hawaii Preparatory Academy "as your charitable organization. Then, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price from your eligible purchases to HPA at no extra cost to you!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that orders made through AmazonSmile equate to donations to HPA from the AmazonSmile Foundation. These funds are used to supplement 'Ohana sponsored events and supported HPA activities.

Good Food! Great Cause!

Dine at the featured restaurant and HPA earns 20% of sales. Just make sure to mention HPA! Throughout the year, the 'Ohana will send out notifications about the featured participating restaurant so keep an eye out.

  • Wednesday, November 15 (3:30 -9:00 p.m.) - Underground Pizza at 64-974 Hawaii Belt Road, Waimea.
  • Tuesday, January 30 (8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
    - Village Burger and the Noodle Club, Parker Ranch Shopping Center, 67-1175 Hawaii Belt Road, Waimea.
  • Wednesday, May 2 (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) - Umekes Waimea at 64-1055 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea.
  • Wednesday, May 16 (11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.) - PAU Restaurant at 65-1227 Opelo Road, Waimea.

Box Tops for Education

Cut out and collect Box Tops for Education labels from the packaging of eligible products. Click here to view a list of participating products.Deliver cut out labels to the collection bins located in the HPA Village Campus Cafeteria and Upper School Ko Kākou Student Union. Labels can also be dropped off or mailed to:

Hawai’i Preparatory Academy

Attention: ‘Ohana Association

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road

Kamuela, HI 9674

UPPER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

'Ohana sponsored or supported after school activities and events.

Events

Events and activities to build relationships, promote HPA pride, and create lasting memories.

Upper School Chairs: MJ Allison and Tori Schneider

  • Ka Makani Spirit Week

Friday, September 22 White-Out Day! Spread the HPA school spirit and wear WHITE. Cheer on our Girls’ Volleyball Team at the home game, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 23 Red-Out Day! Wear RED and cheer on HPA Athletics: Cross Country team at 10:00 a.m. Football home game at 2:00 p.m.

  • Holiday Lighting Celebration

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm. The HPA Ko Kākou Student Union is transformed into a winter wonderland. Upper school students are invited to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and music. All students are welcome to the pizza dinner served in the dining hall.

Athletics

Chair: Katherine Groves (ohana_communications@hpa.edu)

  • HPA Booster Club Fuel Station: Quick, healthy snacks for JV and Varsity sports before practice.

HPA’s pilot program needs volunteers to set-up, monitor, and break down station from 2:45-3:45pm, Monday-Thursday. Click here to Volunteer!

Theatre

Chair: Heidi Emmons (ohana_communications@hpa.edu)

  • Volunteers: possibly needed for concession support
  • Contributions: sewing skills, baked good and refreshments for possible concessions at theatrical events.

Senior Grad Night

Friday, May 25, 5pm
‘Ohana provides financial support for a night of celebration, bringing HPA senior graduates together in a safe, chaperoned environment. Senior parents organize the silent auction fundraiser, monetary support, and the event.

  • 4 Chairpersons who plan and coordinate Grad Night activities
  • Volunteers: Physical coordination the day of Grad Night
  • Contribution Requests: Silent Auction items/services, monetary support.

Upper School Dances

‘Ohana contributes $600.00 each year to support the Student Council who coordinates the Upper School Dances. Four dances, receiving $150.00 each, are planned throughout the year.

VILLAGE CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Contact: Lisa Salazar

Trunk or Treat at Village Campus

Tuesday, October 31
A daytime halloween event that brings the excitement of trick or treating to campus! HPA parents decorate their cars and pass out Blue Zone friendly treats to our lower and middle school students.

Village Campus Holiday Lighting Celebration

November 29, 2017 - Wednesday 3:30pm to 7:30pm
‘Ohana and families transform the Village Campus into a winter wonderland and celebrate the holidays with a lighting ceremony complete with a hot cocoa station, entertainment, crafts and more!

Visit the Sign Up Genius pages below for more information. Send questions or comments to ohana_communications@hpa.edu

Village Campus Art Show and Capstone Showcase

Friday, April 27
‘Ohana hosts refreshments and light snacks for attending families and student presenters.

WELCOME (E Komo Mai) EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Contact: Tim Bostock

Welcome Activities

August

In the Hawaiian language, the term e komo mai literally means “come in” or “welcome.” It is a phrase used to welcome a guest into your space. The E Komo Mai activities and events "welcome" you to our island home, HPA, the ‘Ohana Association.

  • New Boarder (Upper School) Survival Lei
  • New Faculty Welcome Gifts
  • All Faculty Welcome To/Back Cards

Volunteer here if you are interested in supporting this event.

E Komo Mai - Upper School Campus

Day TBD, August at (Time TBA)

‘Ohana sets up a table at HPA's welcome reception in the Taylor Commons and Kennedy Square to greet our new high school families and students. ‘Ohana Board members educate families about the ‘Ohana Association. 'Ohana Board member, Joan Stewart, will be available to address questions for new boarding families.

Upper School Registration Breakfast for NEW Students

Monday, August 13 (8:00-9:30 a.m.)

‘Ohana hosts a welcome breakfast of pastries, fruit trays, coffee and tea for NEW parents/students on the first day of school. We share our aloha and greet our new HPA families/students during the Upper School registration.

Volunteer here if you are interested in supporting this event.

Middle School Orientation Breakfast

Monday, August 13 (8:00-11:00 a.m.)

At Village Campus, ‘Ohana hosts the orientation breakfast for ALL Middle School (6-8) families in the Middle School Breezeway by the Library. We share our aloha and serve delicious pastries, fruit trays, coffee and tea as families preview their scheduled classes and meet their teachers.

Volunteer here if you are interested in supporting this event.

Lower School “1st Day of School” Breakfast

Wednesday, August 18 (7:45-9:00 a.m.)

‘Ohana hosts the breakfast reception at Village Campus Lower School Parking lot for ALL Lower School (K-5) families. We share our aloha and serve delicious pastries, fruit trays, coffee and tea.

Volunteer here if you are interested in supporting this event.

E Komo Mai - Village Campus

Friday, August 24 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

‘Ohana sets up a table at HPA's welcome reception at the Village Campus to greet our new high school families and students. ‘Ohana Board members educate families about the ‘Ohana Association.

Volunteer here if you are interested in supporting this event.