Hawaii Preparatory Academy: Kamuela, Hawaii, USA

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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.

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7 days boarding: 

53 000 USD

About the school

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.

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.

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

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Academic life

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

Sport and culture

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.


Hawaii Preparatory School  Art Tracks:


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

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

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 96743

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