Hawaiian Mission Academy

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Hawaiian Mission Academy
1438 Pensacola St.
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822
United States
Type Private, Day and Boarding, College-prep
Motto Mental · Spiritual · Physical
Denomination Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1920
Principal Roland Graham
Grades K12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 117 (2011-12[1])
Campus type Urban
School color(s) Blue and White
Slogan Making a difference for time and eternity in service for humankind and God.
Athletics conference ILH
Mascot Knight
Accreditation WASC
Newspaper Ka Elele
Yearbook Ka Lamaku

The Hawaiian Mission Academy (HMA) is a private coeducational day and boarding school in Honolulu, Hawaii. HMA is the only Academy that provides international dormitory housing on the island.[2]It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[3][4][5] [6]


Educational work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Hawaiian Islands started in 1895 with a boarding school for boys, under the leadership of H. H. Brand. This school was named the Anglo-Chinese Academy in 1897 when Professor and Mrs. W. E. Howell came to Honolulu to head it.

To accommodate expanding enrollment, several changes in location were made until Bethel Grammar, as it was known then, located on Keeaumoku Street, added secondary grades. Increased enrollment again called forlarger quarters. In 1920 several properties on Makiki Street became the site of a combined elementary and secondary school designed to accommodate all Hawaiian Seventh-day Adventists mission schools, adopting the name Hawaiian Mission Academy.

Enrollment peaked during World War II. In 1946, the estate of former Princess Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa property on Pensacola Street, Royal Hawaiian land, became available as a site for a new secondary school. Construction began in summer 1949, and the secondary school and its administrative offices were moved to the campus in December, 1949. The elementary school remained at the Makiki Street campus.


Hawaiian Mission Academy is located 1438 Pensacola Street, 21°18′20″N 157°50′37″W / 21.30556°N 157.84361°W / 21.30556; -157.84361Coordinates: 21°18′20″N 157°50′37″W / 21.30556°N 157.84361°W / 21.30556; -157.84361, in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oʻahu. It has grades 9-12 and continues its affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a coeducational college preparatory private school with an average of 135 students and 14 faculty.


HMA offers three sports: basketball, volleyball, and golf. HMA has an active Rotary Interact club.

The Senior class goes to California for 10 days to visit Pacific Union College in Napa County, La Sierra University in Riverside, and Loma Linda University School of Medicine in San Bernardino County. The seniors also visit Disneyland, SeaWorld, and other places during their trip. HMA students go to Camp Erdman in Mokuleia, Hawaii. Hawaiian Mission Academy sets aside a fall week of prayer, student week of prayer (the week of Camp Erdman), and a spring week of prayer for spiritual reflection. A special chapel is held every day of the week.


The ethnic background of students is: American Indian 1, Asian/Pacific Islander: 98, Hispanic: 8, African American: 6, and Caucasian: 20.

HMA has the equivalent of 14.4 teachers and 133 students for a student teacher ratio of 9.2:1.

Spiritual aspects

All students take religion classes each year that they are enrolled. These classes cover topics in biblical history and Christian and denominational doctrines. Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many which encourage student input. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together in the auditorium for an hour-long chapel service. Outside the classrooms there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "WASC Self-Study Report — March 19-22, 2012" (PDF). hawaiimissionacademy.org.
  2. ^ http://hawaiianmissionacademy.org/
  3. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1115/For-real-education-reform-take-a-cue-from-the-Adventists"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  5. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  6. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  7. ^ "Hawaiian Mission Academy Bulletin". pg 5.

External links

  • "Hawaiian Mission Academy". official web site.
  • "Hawaiian Mission Academy". Hawaii Business. October 1, 2004.
  • Hawaiian Mission Academy, Private schools report, 2005, 2 April 2009
  • Hawaiian Mission Academy, School Tree, 2 April 2009
  • School Overview, Peterson’s, 2 April 2009
  • Hawaiian Mission Academy, Private School Review, 2 April 2009
  • "Hawaiian Mission Academy Alumni Association". official web site. Archived from the original on 2007-06-20.
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