Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

Kamuela, Hawaii | High School , 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day), Co-ed | Founded in 1949


Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) is a coeducational day and boarding school for kindergarten through 12th grade. Located in Kamuela, Hawaii, HPA draws in students from across the world to its breathtaking campus. On the island, students get to explore 11 of the 13 climate zones on our planet. The island features native Hawaiian culture to immerse into and two active volcanoes to investigate. The Upper Campus sits on 220 acres at the base of the Kohala Mountains. The campus has a fully sustainable Energy Lab that works with organizations like NASA. This teaches students the importance of sustainability and creating a better environment. HPA is unique because they want students to be global citizens. It is important to learn and understand other cultures, so HPA offers a travel program over spring break every year. Students in this program study, travel, and serve. These experiences combined with the curriculum at HPA prepare students for the ever changing world. The curriculum allows for many collaborative projects and hands on learning at places like the Energy Lab.

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Clubs & Organizations

Clubs Vary Year to Year.

Math Club

Japanese Culture

Ultimate Frisbee

HPA Musicians Collectives

Fall Sports

Fall Athletic Teams: Cheerleading, girls cross country, boys cross country, football, girls volleyball

Intramural: basketball, equestrian, recreational tennis, soccer conditioning, swimming and diving

Alternative: art option, conditioning, CrossFit, dance, drama, hiking, sustainable gardening, weight conditioning, yoga

Winter Sports

Winter Athletic Teams: Girls basketball, boys basketball, canoe paddling, cheerleading, girls soccer, boys soccer, swimming and diving, wrestling

Intramural: equestrian, lacrosse conditioning, tennis conditioning, track and field conditioning

Alternative: art option, drama, sustainable gardening, weight conditioning

Spring Sports

Spring Athletic Teams: Baseball, golf, softball, tennis, track and field, boys volleyball, girls water polo

Intramural: equestrian, lacrosse, rugby

Alternative: art option, CrossFit, dance, drama, scuba, sustainable gardening, weight conditioning, yoga

College matriculation

Anderson University

Anglo-American University (Czech Republic)

Arizona State University

Azusa Pacific University

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (3)

Carnegie Mellon University

Chapman University (3)

Colorado State University-Fort Collins (3)

Davidson College

Edmonds College

Ellsworth Community College

Fisher College

Grand Canyon University

IE University-Segovia (Spain )

Iowa State University (2)

Istituto Marangoni (Italy)

Lafayette College

Lewis & Clark College

Loyola Marymount University (2)

Menlo College

New College of the Humanities London (England)

New York University (3)

North Carolina State University

Occidental College

Oregon Institute of Technology

Pace University

Pacific Lutheran University

Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

Saint Mary’s College of California

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Sarah Lawrence College

Seattle Pacific University

Seton Hall University

Simmons University

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Suffolk University

Temple University

Texas A & M University-College Station

The American University of Paris (France)

The University of Alabama

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Trinity College (Ireland)

Trinity University

Tufts University

University of California-Berkeley (2)

University of California-Los Angeles

University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California-Santa Cruz

University of Colorado – Boulder (3)

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

University of Denver

University of Hawaii at Hilo (2)

University of Hawaii at Manoa (3)

University of Nevada-Reno

University of North Carolina at Asheville

University of Portland

University of San Diego (2)

University of San Francisco (2)

University of Southern California (3)

West Virginia University

Willamette University (2)

Facts & Statistics
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
Grades offered
377 (Upper School) 6
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Signature Programs

-Idependent Capstone project is required in grades 5, 8, and 12 allow students to pick a passion to dive into

-Focus on sustainability in and out of the classroom through hands on studies and exploration of causes and effects

-Sea Turtle Research and Conservation program offers scientific, hands-on efforts to help recover endangered sea turtles throughout the Hawaiian islands as well as Internationally

-Hawaiian Studies program is requires for all ninth graders and also offers four years of Hawaiian language, history, mythology, storytelling, forestry, aquaculture and more

-The HPA Outdoor Program offers a wide variety of trips from hikes to restoration projects in the surrounding areas and sometimes on the other islands

-Island Service gives students the opportunity to give back to the community through hands on help on campus and through local organizations

-Equestrian Program offerings include instruction, camping trip, summer intensive, and competition for any level of rider

-OurWorld Travel fosters exploration, studies, and service through global traveling for upper school students