Hawaii Preparatory Academy

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743
Tel: (808)881-4321
A view of the 220-acre high school campus.  HPA is nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains on the island of Hawai'i. It faces the majestic mountain of Mauna Kea.
A view of the 220-acre high school campus.  HPA is nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains on the island of Hawai'i. It faces the majestic mountain of Mauna Kea.
The Ka Makani football team. Junior varsity and varsity teams compete again other teams on the island and in the state.
Students can be a part of our drama and musical performances as well as learn about theater production. There are many ways to get involved on stage or behind the scenes. Here is a scene from our fall musical, '42nd Street.'
Students in HPAs Biotechnology class identify genetic code for Global Genomics Project, an international project to map the DNA of the planet's creatures large and small.
The Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 20132015. This designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
Outrigger canoe paddling is just one of the many sport options at HPA. Each season, students are required to select a sport or activity for a daily two-hour period after the academic day.
Fine arts at HPA encompass a variety of art options such as beginning and advanced ceramics.
The Dowsett Swimming Pool is outdoor, heated, 25 meters x 25 yards, with two one-meter diving boards. Swimming, diving, scuba certification and girls' water polo are offered at the pool.
The HPA Upper School holds an annual International Day in February. Students participate in a variety of morning workshops, which could included Origami, Hanafuda, Calligraphy, Japanese Anime, Zumba, Diabolo, and Tinikling. International students prepared a mouth-watering luncheon menu featuring dishes from their respective countries. International performances wrap up the event.
During new boarder orientation, students bond, travel around the island and make new memories.
  • The mission of the Hawaii Preparatory Academic is to provide exceptional learning opportunities and a diverse community honoring the traditions of Hawaii.
  • As the Pacific region's leading boarding and day college-preparatory school, HPA features a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Located in the heart of the world-famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii, the multinational students at HPA live, learn, and play in the midst of the world's most diverse ecosystem.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Institute for Independent Education
National Independent Private Schools Association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1949
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students655 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 74%
Students by GradeHawaii Preparatory Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government, AP Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Literature, AP Physics 1,2, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art:20/30/Digital, AP US History
Average SAT score1320
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 5 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$50,900
Tuition NotesThere are multiple tuition rates according to day or boarding, lower, middle, upper school or international. The tuition listed is for Upper School 7-day boarding for 2017-2018.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTiare Judd Police, '86
Endowment Size$43.1 million


Total Sports Offered27 sports
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, WrestlingBadmintonBaseball,
CrewCross Country,
Cross FitDance,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
Water PoloWeightlifting,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Debate and Speech Club, Environmental Club, Instrumental Music, Literary Magazine, Newspaper

Club or Organization:
Chess Club, College Counseling Club, Cycling Club, Electronic Music club, Film Club, Hawaiian Club, International Club, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Club, North Hawai'i Youth Coalition, Nutrition Club, Origami Club, Peer Assistance Program, Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Project Water Club, Red Cross Youth Group, Red Key Guide Club (Student Ambassadors), Robotics Club, SAT Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Students for China Club, Tea & Philosophy Club, Vocal Music, Yearbook

School Notes

  • As the Pacific region`s leading boarding and day school, Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, an independent, co-educational school, provides students in grades K-12 (plus Post-Graduate) offers a full range of academic and extra-curricular experiences in a small close-knit community. HPA`s commitment to academic excellence, coupled with its international student body and its location in Hawai`i, enables students to earn an unmatched global education while living in one of the world`s most amazing natural environments. As part of our college-preparatory education, HPA provides a comprehensive college-counseling curriculum to help students and parents navigate the college application and selection process. As soon as students enter HPA they are exposed to the early steps of the college planning process: self-reflection, academic planning, standardized testing, goal setting and college research. Through providing essential support, guidance and resources, HPA endeavors to provide each student with the academic credentials to gain admittance into the nation`s most selective colleges and universities, as well as the personal maturity to select the college that will best fit them as they chart their own success in life.
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The average private school tuition in Hawaii is $8,626 for elementary schools and $14,453 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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