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 510, 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). IPA is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with authorization for the Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11 and 12.

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.