upper school accepted students

Congratulations and welcome to the Upper School!

Aloha future Ka Makani,

We are thrilled to welcome you into the HPA ‘ohana (family). In this time of social distancing, we’re increasing our virtual efforts to help you experience HPA and meet some of the people who make our community so special. Our campus may be closed, but we are ready and eager to connect with you!

Surrounded by incredible ecosystems and the wisdom and aloha of Hawaiian culture, HPA is a truly amazing place to learn, make friends, and grow as a person. Here, you’ll discover life-changing adventures and exceptional college preparation. We hope you will say “yes” to HPA.

In addition to the resources posted here, we will keep you informed of new connection opportunities as they become available. In the meantime, welcome and congratulations again!


Tiare Judd Police ’86
director of admissions
HPA parent, classes of ’13, ’15, and ’21

Virtual events for students and families

We’re holding online events just for you! Current HPA students and faculty will answer your questions and share their own HPA experiences.

For accepted students

April 24, 2020
Virtual Student Panel
Q&A with current HPA students
2 p.m. HST
Register Now


For parents and accepted students

May 6, 2020
Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Q&A with faculty and current parents
2 p.m. HST
Register Now

May 8, 2020
Residential and Student Life Virtual Session
Q&A dedicated specifically to many aspects of residential and student life
2 p.m. HST
Register Now

May 13, 2020
Dive into Marine Science
Q&A dedicated specifically to marine science offerings at HPA.
10 a.m. HST
Register Now

May 15, 2020
Outdoor Program, Co-curriculars, and Athletics
Q&A featuring faculty and students
10 a.m. HST
Register Now

Attendance is limited to 30 participants. We will add events as necessary to accommodate everyone who is interested.

Questions? Need assistance?

We’re eager to help. Please contact the admissions director for your region below.

Jackie Jefferson, associate director of admissions
Territory: State of Hawai‘i (day and boarding students)

Janet Melton, associate director of admissions
Territory: Asia and U.S. mainland boarding students

Maria Mora, international admissions
WhatsApp me: +34 637.122.488
Territory: Europe, Latin/South America, and other international locations except Asia

For general inquiries, you may also contact admissions@hpa.edu.

What makes HPA great? Six students break it down for you.

Meet your mentors

HPA faculty will guide and support you every step of the way. Meet some of the fascinating and friendly people who teach, coach, and live at HPA.

Math is a language, and it’s the easiest language! It only has about six verbs: to equal, to be greater than, and so forth. On a literal level, equations are math sentences.”

Patricia Kassis, Upper School math department chair

Being a creative writer shapes my approach to so much, from traveling to teaching. In being creative, you’ve got to be comfortable with the unknown, to live with ambiguity, and to be open to the moment, to the unexpected. As a teacher, you need to adjust, to listen, to respond.”

Jeff Mix, coordinator and teacher, English Language Learner program