Hawaii Baptist Academy

(K-6) 21 Bates Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 (808) 536-6830

(7-12) 2429 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 (808) 595-7585    www.hba.net

This year, Hawaii Baptist Academy celebrates a milestone 60 years as one of Hawaii’s top K-12 schools dedicated to educating young people with a quality academic program and strong Christian values.

“We have thrived over the years because of the amazing support of our parents, teachers, alumni, local and Mainland supporters who saw the value of our school as a growing place, where children are safe and nurtured to become all that God created them to be,” says Dr. Timothy Morita, its vice president of institutional advancement.

Located on three beautiful campuses in Nuuanu, the co-ed, college prep school has not been without adversity in its long history.  Established in 1949 by Baptist missionaries H.P. and Mary McCormick with just 36 students in refurbished Army barracks in Makiki, HBA quickly grew, as word spread about the school’s top quality and affordable academic program. Faced with a rapidly expanding student body, rising costs and facilities in need of upgrades, the school nearly closed in 1970. But strong local and Mainland support and innovative fundraising enabled the school to endure. The purchase of the Robertson Estate and its lovely botanical gardens on Pali Highway in 1972 made possible the current site of its middle and high schools. By 1987, HBA expanded its elementary school by acquiring the former Sacred Hearts Convent School nearby.

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 Throughout its history, HBA’s approach to its kindergarten to Grade 12 education begins with a strong, early foundation and builds academic continuity, grade to grade and subject to subject, to develop the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. Opportunities abound for HBA students to participate in a variety of spiritual growth activities, as well as sports, student government, fine arts, clubs, community service and other extracurricular activities.

HBA’s annual enrollment of over 1,000 students is large enough to offer a full and diverse academic program, including many AP classes, while remaining small enough for its dedicated teachers to provide personalized attention and for students to develop lifelong friendships. The school’s success can be seen in its much-honored program and the many achievements of its students.

Three exclusive Chaminade majors (Forensic Sciences, Interior Design, and Criminology and Criminal Justice) are among its 23 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs. It features state-of-the- art science labs for research and, as a member of the Leadership Alliance, enables students to conduct summer research at top Mainland universities. Regionally accredited since 1960, it also offers 12 off-campus locations and a distance education program to serve military service-members, their families, and other under-represented student populations.


 For a third straight year, HBA was honored as one of HMSA’s prestigious Kaimana Award winners among ILH Division II schools for outstanding athletics, sportsmanship, academics and community service. The school made history this year by being the first to place two teams among top honorees in the State Mock Trial tournaments. In its first year of participation in Moot Court competition, HBA wowed the judges by placing second. And its boys and girls volleyball teams captured the State Championships in Division II.

It’s no surprise that 100 percent of its 2008 graduates are college-bound. HBA graduates have clear learning expectations: quality work, critical thinking, self-directed learning, a range of knowledge, healthy lifestyle, community service and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  “Since our beginning, our success and growth have come from staying true to our Christian mission of preparing young people in Hawaii to honor God with their lives and we welcome all students, regardless of religious affiliation, to experience the life changing difference of His Gospel,” says Morita.