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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hawaiʻi. 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.
Some past favorite activities have included:
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.
Football field - resodded as part of the track renovation in 2010.
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.
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.
Hawaii Preparatory School Art Tracks:
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
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
Registered in England and Wales Registered number 8369137