Founded in 1949, HPA provides boarding for students in grades 9-12 and post graduate (PG). HPA is a global community for highly-motivated students who seek rigorous academic programs and extraordinary learning experiences. HPA's unique island location, which includes 80 percent of the world's ecosystems, provides opportunities for students to engage in specialized place-based learning.

In the last three years, HPA students were admitted, among others, to the following top-tier universities: Amherst, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, U. of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, U. of Michigan, New York University, U Penn, Princeton, Rice, USC, Standford, Tufts and Yale.


HPA offers an exciting 4-week and 3-week Summer School for students aged 11-17


Type of school : Co-educational

Age range : 11-17 years

Location: Kohala Mountain, Hawaii

Number of students: 617

Number of boarding: 400

Academic: Our academic program combines a solid foundation of traditional liberal arts education with student-driven, project-based learning. Under the quidance of faculty mentors, students produce independent work in science, the arts, and many other disciplines. Over time, HPA students demonstrate their mastery of key skills and build a foundation for college-level learning. Learn more at hpa.edu/academics.

Academic highlights


  • 16 Advanced Plancement classes

  • Advanced computer science, robotics, and drones

  • World-renewed Sea Turtle Research Program

  • Biothechnology projects using DNA PCR thermocycler and UV transilluminator

  • Art history and the lsaacs Art Center

  • Digital journalism and stoytelling with the Washington Post

  • Electrical and mechanical engineering

  • Research partnership with NASA, the W.M. Keck Observatory, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and others

  • Advanced digital medial (cinematography and photography)



Signature Programs

Hawai‘i Island is a small landmass where big things happen. At HPA, you can be part of crafting an educational experience that is exceptional in both depth and scope. Within our signature programs and beyond, you have plenty of room to explore, with supportive faculty and staff to mentor you along the way.

Capstone Projects

Become an independent learner who creates real-world research, a social venture, or artistic performance. We have the technology and program to guide you as you discover and pursue your passion.

Energy Lab

Discover a wealth of resources inside the world's most sustainable school building. Collaborate with peers; partner with places like NASA, the Keck Observatory, and Stanford and Cornell Universities.


Outdoor Program

Explore the majestic landscapes, vital ecosystems, and cultural significance of Hawai‘i Island and our region through kayaking, surfing, hiking, and other trips. Learn to live the meaning of aloha 'aina.


Sea Turtle Research

Since 1987, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), HPA students have studied green sea turtles in Hawai‘i and many other parts of the world. This is hands-on science at its best!

Equestrian Program


A true signature program at HPA, the Equestrian Program began in 1957; students at all skill level can enjoy polo, jumping, dressage, trail riding, and even some Western Style riding.