Hawaii Preparatory Academy 2022 Summer Session


Summer at HPA offers students entering grades 6-12 a unique four-week boarding experience structured for academic enrichment and designed to make the most of summer and take advantage of our wondrous island-home to 80 percent of the world’s ecosystems

Summer Session offers new and prospective HPA students an excellent introduction to the school’s program and instructors. Many students return every summer to take advantage of the outstanding program and staff and to meet students from around the world.

Residential Life

  • Residence halls house students in double and sometimes triple rooms.
  • Each room has beds and built-in closets, shelves, desks, and access to the campus-wide computer network and the Internet.
  • Each building has a central lounge and laundry facilities.
  • Faculty members and residential assistants provide supervision.

Weekend activities might include snorkeling, kayaking, and other beach activities, excursions/field trips, and shopping.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers three levels of instruction. Level placement is determined by the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) exam administered at the beginning of Summer Session.

The Beginning program is as an introduction to English and offers limited communication practice. The Intermediate program is for students who have a strong base in English grammar and provides more extensive practice using the language for communication. Students entering at the Advanced level must be ready to take several mainstream classes in English.

ESL Programme
ESL classes are offered during the morning block. Students attend two two-hour sections. The first section, from 8 to 10 a.m., focuses on reading and writing skills. Vocabulary development is the primary focus of this class. Grammar lessons are included in the context of the unit themes. Students practice learning and communicating in English primarily through reading and writing activities. They develop skills through grammar exercises, reading assignments, writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

The second block, from 10 a.m. to noon, focuses on listening and speaking skills. Vocabulary development is the primary focus of this class. Grammar lessons are included in the context of the unit themes. Students practice learning and communicating in English primarily through listening and speaking activities. In addition to classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to experience the topics they are learning about outside of the classroom. Students will gain confidence and improve their oral fluency, develop pronunciation, and voice projection.

School of Rock 
Do you play in a band, or have the desire to create and make music with others? School of Rock is a class for all musicians, experienced and new, who want to work hard and have fun making music with the shared goal of developing performance-ready versions of popular songs. 

We will cover all aspects of playing music in a group, including how to choose songs, the elements of playing rhythm, what to do when taking instrumental leads, and singing vocals. All levels of musicians are welcome, even those who never have played an instrument before and want to learn. Guitars and ╩╗ukulele are available for those who don’t have their own instrument. If you love music, enjoy working with others, and are ready to rock out, you definitely will enjoy this class.

Come join us at the Hawaii Preparatory Summer School of Rock!!!

Course dates: June 27 - July 22 2022

Course offerings include:

  • SAT and ACT Prep 
  • Scuba Certification 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Algebra/Algebra II 
  • Dance Performance 
  • Photography 
  • Marine Science

...and more!

These courses are predominantly for enrichment; no credit is given.

Optional Sports

Sports are central to Summer at HPA. All boarding students participate in an after-school sport (3:30 - 5 p.m.) and take part in the Summer Olympics during the last week of the Summer Session.

Intramurals, Included with boarding tuition.

The intramural sports program promotes healthy competition, physical fitness, sportsmanship, and fun. The program consists of a rotating schedule that might include softball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, or a number of other field activities and sports.

In lieu of intramural sports in the afternoon, students may enroll in one of the following for an additional fee:

Marine Science Seminar (Upper School Credit Course) Earn 0.5 credit upon successful completion of this seminar.

This four-hour seminar is a scientific, hands-on discovery of the unique Hawaiian marine environment. Students gain a basic understanding of Hawaiian marine biology and ecology and the fundamental role marine ecosystems play in the world as a whole. Classes include exploration through field trips, experiments, and lectures. Digital imaging and computer technology are applied to produce lab and classroom projects. 

Open Water Scuba Certification with an Introduction to Hawai'i’s Coral Reefs (Upper School Credit Course) Earn open water diver certification and 0.5 credit upon successful completion of this course.

In this four-hour, 19-day class, students will earn their open water diver certification and use their underwater expertise to study Hawaiian coral reef ecology. During the first two weeks, students will complete the course and water skills necessary to complete the PADI Open Water Dive course. Following this, students will be introduced to coral reef ecology focusing on the common inhabitants of Hawai'i's coral reefs and their interactions through the use of scuba, student projects, photography, and class presentations. Safe diving practices will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will need to complete a swim test, be comfortable in the ocean, and complete a medical statement form prior to commencement of the course.  

Skin Stories and Obake (Upper School Credit Course) Earn 0.5 credit upon successful completion of this course.
In this four-hour class, 19-day class, students earn a half elective credit. “Chicken Skin” is the phrase used in Hawai`i to describe the eerie feeling of experiencing the supernatural that many people refer to as, “goose bumps.” “Obake” is the Japanese word for “ghost” now used almost universally in Hawai'i to mean ghosts in general, and not just ones with origins lie in Japan. In this course we will use Chicken Skin stories and stories of obake to provide an introduction to major theoretical and historical perspectives on myth, magic, mysticism, and the sacred, with an emphasis on mysterious and extraordinary phenomena, for example: ghostly apparitions, tragic events, mythical creatures, “talk story,” and invented “gods” that were either already present or came in with the plantation laborers to old time Hawai'i Island. 
Tuition fee 2022
US$      50 Application Fee
US$ 5,700 Boarding Students

Tuition covers instruction, room, board, books, after school intramural sports, most group activities, airport ground transportation, and excursions. Airfare, health insurance, optional sports, and personal expenses are extra and thus NOT included.

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If you consider a semester of full school year in Hawaii, check out our high school page: Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela, Hawaii