Hawaii Preparatory Academy

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Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy
Hawaii Preparatory Academy - Upper Campus.jpg
Upper Campus
65-1274 Kawaihae Rd.


United States
Coordinates20°1.7695′N 155°42.0606′W / 20.0294917°N 155.7010100°W / 20.0294917; -155.7010100Coordinates: 20°1.7695′N 155°42.0606′W / 20.0294917°N 155.7010100°W / 20.0294917; -155.7010100
TypePrivate, College-prep, Day & Boarding
FounderHarry S. Kennedy
Head of schoolFred Wawner
Number of studentsApprox. 600
Campus2 campuses (Village & Upper)
Campus typeRural
Color(s)Red and White
Athletics conferenceBig Island Interscholastic Federation Division II
MascotKa Makani
AccreditationNational Association of Independent Schools
MuseumIsaacs Art Center

Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy (also known as HPA) is a coeducational, private, day and international boarding school in Kamuela, Hawaiʻi, providing K-12 education. The school has an annual day tuition at the Lower School (K-5) of $22,900, $25,300 at the Middle School (6-8), and $29,600 at the Upper School (9-12). Boarding tuition is $59,100 (domestic students) & $69,400 (international students) in 2021/22.[1]

The school hosts many noteworthy science-related educational programs for the benefit of its students, such as Turtle Tagging with NOAA and The Energy Lab (a partnership with Stanford University). The school is also the host of the TED organization's TEDxYouth@HPA event. In addition, the school has a signature Capstone program for all students in grades 5, 8, and 12.


Founded in 1949 by The Right Reverend Harry S. Kennedy, Episcopal Bishop of Honolulu, the school came of age under the leadership of James Monroe Taylor II, Headmaster from 1954 to 1974. Originally the school was located on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church in Kamuela in buildings that were built as barracks for the United States Marines during World War II.

Currently the high school features four dormitories: Perry-Fiske Hall, Carter Hall, Robertson Hall, and Atherton House.

While the town is known as "Waimea", because there are multiple locations in Hawaii with that name, the term "Kamuela" is used by the USPS to distinguish it from those other locations.

HPA is now divided into a lower school, middle school and upper school. The lower and middle school together compose one campus in the Kohala region of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The upper school is located at the foot of the Kohala Mountains while the lower and middle schools are located in the center of the town of Waimea. The school is accredited by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS).

The upper campus has a weight room, wrestling room, pool, school library, an indoor tennis facility, baseball field, gym, bookstore, as well as a new (2008) softball field, a newly repaired football/soccer field and a new rubber track. The school also is host to a cross country course. Along with classrooms, an art building, and a theater, and an Energy Lab, the only of its kind in the world.[2] The Davies Chapel, designed by Vladimir Ossipoff (as were most of the upper campus structures) was built in 1967. In 2015, the Chapel bell tower was taken down for restoration, an ongoing effort.

The village campus is in the middle of the town of Waimea, and features the only school-owned professional art-gallery in the state, Isaacs Art Center. Issacs' hosts a large permanent collection of paintings, furniture, rare books, and Hawaiiana. The building that houses the Isaacs Art Center was built in 1915 as Waimea's first public school structure. The building received the prestigious 2003-2004 Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Hawai'i Foundation. In 2005, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

The school colors are red and white. The school's mascot is Ka Makani. Ka Makani is the Hawaiian word for "the wind". (The campus is noteworthy for the steady winds which blow around it at speeds averaging 20 MPH)

The school's Energy Lab was designed by the Global, award-winning architectural planning and design firm Flansburgh Architects.

Noteworthy alumni[edit]


  • Olympics: A week-long competition between the four high-school classes, is one of the school's most cherished traditions. It is a bonding opportunity for the whole school that teaches teamwork, competition, rivalry, superiority, chants, cunning, and outright fun, filling students and teachers alike with school spirit.[4][5]
  • The Big Water Slide: A massive water slide setup every Spring on the hillside of the HPA Upper Campus.
  • The Fall Ball: A festive, Halloween-themed school dance held every year at the legendary Anna's Ranch.[6]



  1. ^ "Tuition". Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  2. ^ "Hawaii Preparatory Academy - Energy Lab". www.hpa.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  3. ^ "About - Isaacs Art Center".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "News Hub - Hawaii Preparatory Academy". www.hpa.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  5. ^ "HPA Traditions - Hawaii Preparatory Academy". www.hpa.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ "Anna Ranch Heritage Center". Anna Ranch Heritage Center. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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