|Energy Lab - Opened in January, 2010, the Energy Lab at HPA is a model for sustainable buildings and a place where our children will change the paradigm of thinking to a world of sustained abundance. HPA’s Energy Lab could be the first K-12 school facility in the world to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge, a criteria that exceeds Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The lab is the nucleus of a global student network in learning, where HPA students will collaborate on the design and construction of projects and share data with schools across the globe. Partnerships with prestigious colleges and universities such as University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will enable HPA students to work side by side on advanced research, giving them experience with projects unavailable to their peers and an edge in college placement.
Marine Science and Sea Turtle Research – Since 1987, HPA has had a close working relationship with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Center of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Protected Species Division, in conducting turtle research and conservation activities. Middle and Upper School students assist with the safe capture, measuring, health assessment, and tagging of many hundreds of sea turtles at various sites throughout Hawai‘i. Some students have been selected to travel to other countries, such as Greece, Japan, Mexico, and other Polynesian countries, to continue the research on educational trips.
College Counseling - There is a great demand worldwide for students educated in Hawai‘i. College Admission Directors and Deans come to Hawai‘i to recruit rather than send a junior member from their admission office. And so, Hawai‘i, as a state, is very fortunate. This means HPA can establish strong connections with important people in the college admissions process and will know our students individually. Universities look to diversify their student body, and an application from Hawai‘i stands out. Even if you are from another state or an international student, universities appreciate that your high school experience was in Hawai‘i, where you were exposed to the culture, the history, and the aloha of the state. They want these qualities on their campus and therefore value those applications.
Summer - Summer at HPA offers students entering grades 6-12 special courses that include marine science, English as a Second Language (ESL), robotics, ceramics, Hawai’i Island Revealed, and iLife Medley. There also are SAT Prep classes, math and science courses, and a college planning class designed to offer students a head start in college admission. The summer program lasts four weeks, from late June to late July, and courses are for enrichment, with credits awarded for selected academic work.