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Hawaii Preparatory School is a co-educational boarding school for boys and girls in Kamuela, Hawaii, USA. Founded in 1949, Hawaii Preparatory Academy is an independent coeducational school which provides a full choice of possibilities for its students from kindergarten through grade 12. This top boarding school offers number of unique courses and activities (for example marine science field studies, sea turtle research, scuba certification, and more) which, supported by a great location, give its students a strong feeling of Hawaii atmosphere. The offer also includes visual and performing arts, combined with a great Upper School athletic programme which teaches our students healthy competition, as well as mutual respect.


  • 7 days boarding: 53 000 USD
  • 5 days boarding: 47 900 USD

School size and facilties

The HPA Upper Campus is located on 220 acres in the foothills of the Kohala Mountains and is home to the Upper School (grades 9-12 and postgraduate). Students of this to boarding school enjoy the beauty of the campus and the multitude of opportunities the facilities provide. Academic facilities include 22 classrooms, a lecture hall, Institute of English Studies (IES) classroom, music and rehearsal rooms, science laboratories, and an engineering garage. 

Village Campus

The Village Campus encompasses eight acres and houses 13 classrooms for students in grades K-8, including music, drama, art, and computer rooms. Other facilities include the Lynn Taylor Library; the dining room, which seats 120; single- and double-room dormitories; Isaacs Art Center.
Students at the Village Campus also use Upper Campus facilities, including the gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, and horse stable and fields, along with Davies Chapel, Gates Performing Arts Center, and the Energy Lab.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 88 213 301
Day School: 213 223 436

Director Details

Year Of Foundation


Some History

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy was founded on March 12, 1949, when Episcopal Bishop Harry Kennedy and a group of Big Island citizens signed the Articles of Incorporation for Hawai'i Episcopal Academy. The school has grown from five boarding students in a World War II building in Waimea to more than  700 students on two campuses encompassing more than 220 acres in the midst of the world-famous Parker Ranch.

About the school

  • Long description:

    HPA is now divided into a lower school, middle school and upper school. The lower and middle school together compose one campus in the region of the Big Island of HawaiĘ»i. The upper school is located at the foot of the Kohala Mountains. The school colors are red and white. The school's mascot is Ka Makani, which is a specific Hawaiian word for "the wind". (The campus is noteworthy for the steady winds which blow around it at speeds averaging 20 MPH). The educational programme of Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Upper School, is targeted on college preparatory education, with a huge emphasis put on providing basic knowledge in all subjects. Advanced Placement courses in 19 subject areas are offered too. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1; most classes number between 8 and 20 students, which is a great advantage to treat each student individually. The Middle School is where students will find a variety of experiences and academic programs to support them in discovering  their interests and talents. 

  • Dorm facilities:

    There are three residence halls at the Upper Campus. All rooms have telephones, computer hookups, and high-speed Internet access. Each dorm’s common area includes a student lounge, laundry facilities, Macintosh computers, table games, TV, DVD player, and fireplace. Carter Hall, Robertson Hall, Perry-Fiske Hall

Social life & attractions

  • Some past favorite activities have included:

  • Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at the fire pit outside of the Student Union.
  • Fishing from boats and camping at Honomalino in South Kona.
  • Baking treats in the dining hall with the “Cookie Monster Crew” each Friday night.
  • Cliff jumping at the southernmost point in the United States, Ka Lae, followed by an excursion to the nearby Green Sand Beach.
  • Picking kalo from a lo‘i patch with the Hawaiian Language and Environmental Literature classes in Waipi‘o Valley.
  • Camping at Kiholo Bay over Labor Day Weekend and watching the honu turtles swim in the shallow brackish ponds.
  • Marching with the HPA community float in the annual Paniolo Parade, chanting oli komo and handing out pencils to the keiki(children).
  • Taking a tour of Honolulu’s Bishop Museum with the art history class during an off-island excursion.
  • Hiking nine miles into the historic Waimanu Valley and camping for a weekend, learning “Leave No Trace” environmental responsibility guidelines from the Adventure Club advisor.
  • Watching manta rays on a night time scuba dive on the Kohala Coast.
  • Listening to peers sing acoustic renditions of popular music at the quarterly Lava Lounge open mic night.
  • Watching the sun rise from the top of Mauna Kea with the senior class.

Why Should You Choose this School?

This prestgious boarding school offers a learning experience unlike anywhere else. No other school on the planet can give you the opportunity to learn about environmental sustainability with access to 80% of the world’s ecosystems in your backyard. You can SCUBA dive in the ocean as part of your marine biology coursework, collaborate with NASA scientists on a project preparing for a mission to Mars, or get an internship at the world’s best astronomical observatory. The environment, culture, and resources that are uniquely available to students at this top boarding school provide an ideal setting for place-based learning. Independent research opportunities, global travel programs, and an immersive learning experience are at the core of what we offer. The community of this excellent boarding school is designed to help our students become productive and collaborative global citizens. 

Academic life

  • What we offer ?
    Upper School Academic Departments
    Arts, English, Mathematics, Modern Language, Science and Technology, Social Studies

    Middle School Academic Departments
    English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Modern Language, Fine Arts, Physical and Health Education, Computer Technology
  • Course languages offered:

Sport and culture

  • Sport Facilities:

    Castle Gymnasium
    Colson Courts for volleyball and basketball, wrestling room, locker rooms, athletic training room, and equipment and drying rooms.

    Nakamaru Fitness Center
    This 2,000 square-foot center features the latest in free weights and fixed-weighted equipment.

    Herbert M. and Laura N. Dowsett Pool
    Outdoor, heated, 25 meters x 25 yards, with two, one-meter diving boards. A pool manager supervises during lap times and classes.

    Rutgers Tennis Center
    Four covered, lighted courts. Honored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as one of the best facilities in the U.S. (1999).

    Cross Country Course

    The 3.1 mile cross country course winds through the HPA campus and includes a challenging hill along with downhills and flats.

    Stanford W. Shutes Track
    The Stanford W. Shutes Track, opened in September  2010, is a 400-meter, eight-lane, all-weather synthetic surface track with synthetic infields in the “D” zones at each end for the high jump, pole vault, and long jump track events.

    Playing Fields
    Football field - resodded as part of the track renovation in 2010.

    Softball field

    Soccer field

    Bishop Kennedy Baseball Field

    Polo field, stadium jumping area, dressage area, and cross-country course. The school herd consists of 30 animals on pasture that are collected daily into the corral/tack house area.

    Two vessels (22 and 17 feet) and a 13-foot inflatable used for scuba, marine biology, Sea Turtle Research Program and student activities.

    Outrigger Canoe
    Kai Hala‘i (referring to the calm sea) is the HPA outrigger canoe used by students. The canoe was acquired by HPA and named by the team during 2004-2005.

  • Sports what we offer:

  • Culture and arts:


    Hawaii Preparatory School  Art Tracks:


    2-D Art 
    3-D Art
    Digital Media
    Performing Arts

  • Religions:
    Non-denominational , Non-religious

Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    ADD/ADHD Support, College Counseling, ESL: Advanced, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Evening Study Assistance, Learning Center, Learning Differences Support, Peer Tutoring, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center, Writing Center
  • Advanced programs
    5-Day Boarding, AP Courses, Postgraduate Year

Summer Programs

Dates: 25 June to 20 July 2018
Age: 11 to 18

Courses: English as a second language, scuba / reef ecology*, marine biology*, robotics

forensics, performing arts, photojournalism, creative writing, poetry, math, videography,

virtual reality, web design, service learning, test prep

Daily Activities: Hawaiian Games,Barbecue at Hapuna Beach, Beach Olympics, Capture the Flag, Carnival Day, Hiking to Petroglyphs, Pool Parties, Scavenger Hunt

Weekend Excursions: Luau and fire dance, Hiking at Hawai‘i  Volcanoes National Park,  Zip lining through the Kohala Rain Forest, Kalakekua bay cruise, Horseback riding, Stargazing on Mauna Kea, Dolphin snorkel cruise, Kohala coast beach activities

Sports: Dodgeball, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Soccer,  Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball Water Polo, Hiking, Kickball


Boarding Tuition: $5,200 (Includes instruction, room and board, books and supplies, after school intramural sport, weekend excursion fees, and airport transportation)

Additional Costs: Health insurance ($275), physical exam ($195) 

Average class size: 10

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy: Kamuela, Hawaii, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Hawaii Preparatory Academy: Kamuela, Hawaii, USA | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is located on 220 acre on the island of Hawai‘i

National Geographic Magazine ranked Kamuela as one of the top 10 places in the world to live

Los Angeles Airport 5 hours

KONA International Airport  40 minutes 


65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743 , Kamuela, Hawaii, United States, Postcode - 96743
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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