I Mua Me Ka Ha’aheo

Students, and their ‘ohana, from around O’ahu, call Island Pacific Academy their home. From Grades K-12, IPA prepares their students, academically, socially and morally, to become accomplished citizens molded by values that incite kindness, civic responsibility and generosity.

Island Pacific Academy students are successful in multiple arenas–academics, sports, arts, and community contributing. IPA graduates attend reputable colleges such as: University of Portland; University of Washington; Drexel University; University of Hawaii at Mānoa; and the University of California, Irvine.

This year’s graduating class was a perfect example of IPA’s intentional aim to create a community of givers. A group of Island Pacific Academy students chose to celebrate their commencement by giving back to their favorite charities. According to Pam Chin-Pangelinan, a parent on the 2016 Project Grad Committee, “kids weren’t signing up because they didn’t want to spend all that money on themselves. They wanted to be together and have fun, but they also wanted to make a difference in their community.” This prompted the committee to come up with a compromise, promising the students that helping others would be a major theme during the night. IPA sophomore student and sibling of a recent graduate, Hannah Button was inspired to coin “IPA Gives Back.” She encouraged students and parents to rally local companies to solicit donations for the top favorite charities of Island Pacific Academy’s graduating Class of 2016.

On their special day, before a modest backyard barbecue, the graduates’ frst stop was Kapolei Target where they participated in a scavenger hunt, of sorts. Several teams of eight newly-graduated students had 30 minutes to spend $300 for items on a “wish list”. Te team that got closest without going over received bragging rights, and gift cards donated by Target. All of the ($1000+) supplies were donated to the Mualoa Food Bank, located at Sunset Beach Christian Church. Some of the other recipients of IPA Gives Back funds include: Kahuku High School ($2,000), Te Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership ($1,000), Te Oahu SPCA ($1,000), and Fisher House at Tripler Hospital ($1,000).

Michelle Bradley, IPA’s Science Department Chairperson, recently named Chevron’s 2016 Hawaii Science Fair Teacher of the Year, shared, “I was thrilled, but not surprised that the IPA seniors wanted their Project Grad to be a living legacy for our community. Tey are bright, thoughtful, action-oriented, and have been great role models for all of our students.” IPA Gives Back is one example of Island Pacific Academy’s profound impact on the lives of O’ahu students and ‘ohana to “Go Forward with Confdence.” I Mua Me Ka Ha’aheo

Island Pacific Academy is here to stay, and would love the opportunity to be a part of your child’s education. Give your child the opportunity to receive an excellent education while being molded by values that matter. Applications are accepted year round and a few spots remain open for this next school year which starts on August 17th. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the IPA ‘ohana, or would like information about financial aid, please contact the Admissions Office at 674-3523 to schedule a tour or visit their website at

“Being kind to others and involved in our community is part of the DNA at Island Pacific Academy.”

–Hannah Button

“IPA has well prepared me well for life’s next adventure, which is one of the many reasons IPA holds a very special place in my heart.”

–Kasey Nunies