School History

Students raising the flag at school
T-shirt with "where values matter"
Polynesian star compass
Front of school
Students giving knuckles


ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY enrolled its first students in September 2004. Under the leadership of the Founding Headmaster, Dr. Daniel White, the school has grown from 200 original students to a current enrollment of approximately 580, and graduated its first class of 45 seniors in May 2010. IPA’s current Head of School is Gerald Teramae.

A rigorous academic program, which prepares students for college success is fundamental to the school’s purpose. From the beginning, an important part of the school mission has emphasized character and cultivation of core values such as kindness and a generosity of spirit. Visitors to the campus readily sense a school culture defined by friendliness, inclusiveness, and mutual respect.

IPA gained provisional accreditation at the end of its first year, and is fully accredited by the Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

In 2004 and 2006 the school completed construction of its two large and well-equipped classroom and office buildings.

The school is governed by a self-sustaining independent Board of Trustees which meets monthly to address policy and fiduciary matters.


ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY celebrated its 15th year during the 2019-2020 school year. The school also celebrated its 10th graduating class in May with the Class of 2020. As part of the year-long celebration, IPA students interviewed the school founders, founding members, and current Head of School to talk about IPA's history and its future, captured in the "Founding Principles" video series.