Hawaii Baptist Academy

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Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy
The Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy seal.
2429 Pali Highway
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96817
United States
Type Christian
Motto "Christ For Every Nation"
Religious affiliation(s) Southern Baptist
Established 1949
Grades Kindergarten to 12th
Gender Coeducational
Campus type Urban
School color(s) Gold, Black, White
Mascot The Eagle: "Endurance"
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper Eagle Eye
Yearbook The Light
Distinctions One of the largest Protestant Christian schools in Hawaiʻi.

Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) is a private, co-educational, college preparatory primary and secondary Christian school that serves grades K-12 on three campuses. The school is governed by a board of directors elected by the executive board of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, an affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention.[1]


In 1944 the Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia pledged $125,000 toward a school in Hawaii.[2] The Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board[3] began the school in 1947, assigning Southern Baptist Convention missionaries Hugh P. and Mary McCormick to carry out the project.

The school opened in 1949 in surplus Army barracks on a parcel of land purchased at 1234 Heulu Street in Makiki with thirty-six seventh and eighth grade students.[2] It graduated its first students in 1954. The school was transferred to the Hawaii Baptist Convention[4] in 1960. Formerly located near Roosevelt High School in Makiki, it moved to its present location in Nuʻuanu Valley in Honolulu in 1975. In 1987, the elementary school was moved to a second campus one half of a mile away. Hawaii Baptist Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is the largest Baptist school in the state.

Before relocating to the current Middle and High School campus in Nuʻuanu, HBA held court for some time at Makiki Christian Church.[citation needed]

In 1972, the governing body of the Southern Baptist churches authorized purchase of the Robertson Estate on the Pali Highway for $553,000.[citation needed] Dan Kong resigned his ministry at Olivet Baptist Church in order to become Vice President and Development Director[4] of the school in 1973. In order to raise funding for the purchase, Kong and Hawaii Baptist Academy president Stan Sagert began a fund raising tour among potential mainland donars and institutions.[5] By 1977, they had created the Mainland Advisory Council.[6][7] Overall, mainland contributions have accounted for 70 percent of campus building costs.[citation needed]

The Nuʻuanu Campus, now called the Stan Sagert Campus, welcomed its first students in 1975 with the class of 1976 being the first to graduate from the new campus. The elementary campus shared grounds with Central Baptist Church until it moved to the former Sacred Hearts Convent in Nuʻuanu. HBA also had a small elementary campus in Nānākuli (West Oʻahu), located at Nānākuli Baptist Church. This campus was relocated to property in Waiʻanae in the mid-1980s, where it remained until it was eventually closed in 1997.[citation needed]


In 2006, HBA opened the Dan Kong Middle School Campus, adjacent to the current high school campus and named in honor of Dan Kong, former president of Hawaii Baptist Academy and pastor of various churches around the island, including First Baptist Church of Wahiawa, Olivet Baptist Church, and Central Baptist Church. He helped form organizations such as the Mainland Advisory Council, which consists of donors from the U.S. mainland.[citation needed]

The middle school campus consists of 14 classrooms, a computer lab, two specially equipped science classrooms, and a multi-purpose room for middle school students. The HBA Middle School Campus was designed by the firm of Walters, Kimura, Motoda and it has been noted to be a LEED gold facility since it was designed to be environmental friendly and sustainable.[8]

Since 1997, HBA has operated under a modified school calendar, with two-week breaks in October, December, and March, and a two-month summer break in June and July.[citation needed]

Beginning with the 2007–08 school year, a uniform dress standard with school-endorsed polo shirts, skirts, and pants was instituted. The original uniform polo shirts were embroidered with "HBA" on the left sleeve, and were available in black, white, green, and yellow. The uniforms were updated in the 2016-17 school year with the removal of the embroidered letters, the elimination of green and yellow polo shirts, and the addition of a large school logo on the left breast.[9]

Hawaii Baptist Academy's middle school robotics team placed fifth out of 104 middle school teams in the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championships in Orlando held April 14 to 16. Three of the top five teams in the Orlando championship came from China. In third place was a team from Arizona.[10]

In 2017, eighth grader Logan Kakugawa won the Hawaii State Geographic Bee and represented the state of Hawaii at the national competition in Washington, D.C. [11]The high school's Mock Trial team also celebrated their first state championship. [12]


In 2009, Jeremy Ryan Duffer, who had been previously employed by HBA as a part-time Bible teacher, was arrested in Virginia and accused of multiple counts of consensual sex with a juvenile.[13] Duffer subsequently pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count of an indecent act with a child as well as eight counts of aggravated sexual battery, and is currently serving a 17 year sentence.[14] HBA President Richard Bento remarked that Duffer's arrest was "shocking," and that he was personally unaware of any suspicions or allegations against Duffer at the time of his employment with the school.[13]

In 2012, Hawaii News Now reported that a male teacher at HBA had allegedly engaged in sexual relations with a 17 year old male senior student.[15] According to the report, one sexual encounter was alleged to have occurred at Pu'u Kahea Conference Center, a camping facility in Waianae at which students from grades 7 through 12 spend time annually. [15] The teacher, who had been employed for two years, resigned due to the allegations. [15] The report notes that HBA maintains a strict religious code of conduct that explicitly forbids homosexual behavior as "sexually immoral."[15]

Alma Mater

They that wait upon the Lord

Shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint.

Teach us, Lord.

Teach us, Lord, to wait.

The lyrics are derived from Isaiah 40:31, King James Version.[16]


  • + Hugh P. McCormick
  • Stanley A. Sagert (1970–1987)
  • Ronald D. Boggs (1987–1988)
  • Daniel H. C. Kong (1988–1993)
  • Richard T. Bento (1993–2016)
  • Ronald Shiira (2016-Present)[17]

+ Title of Superintendent was changed to President during Stanley A. Sagert's leadership.

External links

  • Hawaii Baptist Academy Official Website
  • Eagle Eye student-run news website


  1. ^ "About HBA". Hawaii Baptist Academy. Hawaii Baptist Academy. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Hawaii Baptist Academy Catalogue-Handbook 1986–1987. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Wilkes Couples Tour Hawaiian Baptist Academy's Facilities". The News-Reporter. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Hawaii Pastor to Talk Sunday". Florence Times – Tri-Cities Dailies. 14 September 1973. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Ohira, Rod (18 March 2005). "Daniel H.C. Kong". Honolulu Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Shorter College Graduation Students". The Rockmart Journal. 13 May 1981. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "MAC". HBA. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.  HBA
  8. ^ "Walter S Kimura". HBA. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Clark, Aimee. "HBA Debuts New Uniforms". Eagle Eye. Hawaii Baptist Academy. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  10. ^ "Hawaii Baptist's robotics team places fifth in VEX world championships". Star Advertiser. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "2017 National Geographic State Bee Champions Announced". National Geographic. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Dedication nabs first mock trial state title". Star Advertiser. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  13. ^ a b Allen, Bob. "Jailed former pastor cited 'passion' for working with youth". Associated Baptist Press. Baptist News Global. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  14. ^ Allen, Bob (2010). "Former youth pastor sentenced to 17 years for abuse". Associated Baptist Press. Baptist News Global. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Private school teacher resigns after allegations he had sex with male student". Hawaii News Now. Raycom Media. 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Isaiah 40:31 KJV". Bible Gateway. The Zondervan Corporation, L.L.C. 
  17. ^ "Meet President Ron Shiira". Hawaii Baptist Academy. Hawaii Baptist Academy. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
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