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Off Track: Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy

April 9, 2020

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website periodically. 

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (also known as HPA) is a coeducational, private, international boarding school in Kamuela, Hawai‘i providing K-12 education. The school is one of the most expensive in the state (with annual tuition for the upper school at $27,500 – 2019).

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. 

Marines and Sailors trained for what has been referred to as the toughest marine offensive of WWII. 1,300 miles northeast of Guadalcanal, the Japanese had constructed a centralized stronghold force in a 20-island group called Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.

The Marines would reconstitute at Camp Tarawa at Waimea, on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Originally an Army camp named Camp Waimea, when the population in town was about 400, it became the largest Marine training facility in the Pacific following the battle of Tarawa.

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Hawaii National Guard graduates include:     – can you name any?

President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Hilo High School
Kamehameha Schools
Iolani School
St. Andrew’s Priory School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
St. Louis School
Waialua High School
James B. Castle High School
Mid-Pacific Institute
Punahou School
Sacred Hearts Academy
Paia/(Old) Maui High School
La Pietra / Hawaii School for Girls

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