News & Events


Steve Ross and Samantha Hodes-Der.

Laughter and Tear-Filled Elementary Assembly Marks a Changing of the Guard

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s last Elementary assembly of the year was a laughter and tear-filled changing of the guard as students and teachers said e komo mai to incoming Principal Samantha Hodes-Der and a hui hou to outgoing Principal Steve Ross. Ross, who started at IPA in August 2012, will be taking on a new position as IPA’s Assistant Head of School next year to focus on school curriculum and culture across grades K-12.

Mahalo Nui and A Hui Hou to Stan Vincent

“If your students are not your number one priority, then you're in the wrong job” is Stan Vincentʻs straightforward philosophy on teaching, and IPA’s students have been his number one priority for the past 17 years. Today is his last official day at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY as he retires from teaching after so many dedicated years.

IPA’s First Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Player Returns to Coach Winning Season

Full circle. There’s no better way to describe the journey thus far for ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY alumnus Shelden Balatico ‘11. As a senior at IPA, Balatico helped with founding the school’s first varsity volleyball team in 2010-2011 and this year he returned to campus as Head Coach for the varsity boys’ and intermediate girls’ volleyball teams.
Chloe Davis '22

Island Pacific Academy Premieres a Student-Written Play

It was a first in the history of the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY theater program – and the culmination of a passion project born during a summer of boredom spent in COVID lockdown. The premiere of Crossroads, a short play written and directed by senior Chloe Davis ‘22, was a highlight of IPA’s annual Spring Theater production in March.
Student standing next to Head of School showing certificate of award.

Students Recognized for Excellence at Annual Secondary Awards Ceremony

The Secondary Awards Ceremony is an ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY end-of-the-year tradition celebrating and commemorating Secondary students who exemplify the mission and values of the school. This year's ceremony was held on campus on May 17, 2022.
Grade 5 teachers standing by sign for museum

Grade 5 American Revolution Museum Experience

Grade 5 students asked, “How do we as artists connect our community with the people and events of the American Revolution?” in their latest PBL. The answer was through art, dance, music, food, technology – and a lot of research – presented to the public as a living museum. Watch the video to see for yourself. Huzzah, Navigators!
Students selling bracelets.

Grade 2 Learns About Trade Through Project-Based Learning

Grade 2 students learned about Trade through their project-based learning bracelet sale. Watch the video to learn more about this engaging, authentic, hands-on approach to learning.
Committee with giant check

IPA’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $80,000 for Tuition Aid

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMYʻs 14th Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to presenting sponsor, First Hawaiian Bank, and the many other generous sponsors who joined us on April 22, 2022 at Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club. The tournament raised more than $80,000 in support of IPAʻs Tuition Aid program!
IPA Interact Club group photo

IPA Interact Club Helps Clean Up Ala Wai Canal

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY students don’t mind getting their hands dirty if it means they can do something to help their community and the environment. Members from the IPA Interact Club and Hui Ho’omau volunteered to help make Genki balls at the Genki Ala Wai Drop event on Saturday, March 19.
IPA students listening to a chef

Food Security on the Table at Hawaiʻi Business Magazineʻs Need to Know Event Series

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Middle and Upper school students participated in Hawaiʻi Business Magazine’s Need to Know Event Series on Hawaiʻi’s Food Security at the beautiful Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center in Kewalo Basin on March 3, 2022. ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY was proud to be a Student Sponsor of the event.

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