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KĪHEI CAMPUS

MAUI

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Thanks for stopping by. Please take a look around to see how we do school differently on the Kīhei campus. We have to say, from K through 12, we are proud of our supportive and inclusive culture and the hands-on opportunities we offer.
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STUDENTS
IN GRADES K-12

Just a few things that make Kīhei awesome

OUR SHINY NEW CAMPUS

Our brand new campus was designed and built especially for us with all the things we need to do school differently. It is full of color and unique spaces (MindfulNest! Makerspace!) and we could not love it more.

THE HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

We learn best by doing. Experiential learning is at the core of how HTA does school differently. Our teachers design and deliver an innovative, project-based curriculum.

‘OHANA DAYS

Our elementary and middle school students love to get together and celebrate with ‘Ohana Days, when the entire family is invited to join staff for potlucks, games, activities, and sometimes prizes!

FURRY FRIENDS FRIDAY

It's pats all around on elementary school Furry Friends Friday! We partner often with the Maui Humane Society. Our students have raised money to support their mission. And on Fridays, some of our four-legged friends visit campus.

CELEBRATIONS

Pizza lunches, open mic nights, exhibitions, school dances ... we have an active parent group — our HTA ‘Ohana Committee (HOC) — which helps students and staff organize fun events throughout the year.

OUR TEACHERS
& STAFF

Simply the best.

ENRICHMENT & CLUBS

We have an awesome range of enrichment activities and clubs for everyone. Elementary students can build with Bricks for Kidz or get active with Maui Tumblers. Middle and high schoolers have a range of options that allow them to hone their creativity, scientific thinking, or leadership skills. Our students can also join their peers from around the state via online clubs, which run the gamut from AI to gaming to Korean appreciation.

FIELD STUDIES

Our students are regularly spotted in the field. Last year our Grade 4 and 5 students joined efforts to protect the East Maui Watershed by planting native shrubs at the Haleakalā Ranch Pu‘u Pahu Reserve. Students also learned about erosion by venturing out weekly with their Learning Coaches to observe and measure weathering, erosion, and deposition.

CAREER-BASED LEARNING

Our innovative Career-Based Learning program allows high school students to gain skills and experience out in the real world. One student built his own radio telescope in an internship with the Institute for Astronomy. Another student worked with a research lab, testing the effects of drugs on cells.

PLACE-BASED LEARNING

pbHTA

Grades 6 & 7
pbHTA has a separate enrollment and schedule from our regular blended program.

Place-based HTA is at the leading edge of our innovation as students dive deeper into learning out in the field. Students’ academic material is covered in class, but also as they tackle real-world problems while working at our community partner sites around the island. HTA piloted this program on our Waipahu campus in 2020; we are thrilled to bring it to Kīhei for the 2024-25 school year. Our students will design and create their own gardens and learn while exploring the lo‘i, gardens, and aquatic life of the beautiful ‘Īao valley.

What do pbHTA students do?

Mari’s Gardens • Waipahu

Hydroponics, aquaponics, composting, cultivation, and Hermione the pig!

Making Unleashed • Waipahu

What are you going to make today? Design engineering process, hands-on projects, crafting, building, power tools!

Pu‘uhonua Farms • ʻEwa Beach

Research farm animals — bunnies! — and design enriched enclosures

Hawai‘i Wildlife Discovery Center • Lāhainā

Create virtual scavenger hunt for center guests

Kīhei campus news

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Seeing the light

Our Kīhei high school students had plenty of “woah” moments when astronomer JD Armstrong visited to show them the light....

The power of STEAM

Our elementary design engineers hosted a STEAM-powered carnival. They designed and built their own fairground attractions — from pinball machines,...

SY 2024-25 weekly schedules

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Monday

On campus

Tuesday

Zoom classes

Student Support

Field Studies

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Student Support

Field Studies

Friday

On campus

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Monday

Student Support

Field Studies

Tuesday

Zoom classes

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Friday

On campus

GRADE 6&7 - pbHTA
Monday

Independent work

Student Support

Tuesday

On campus, Kīhei

Wednesday

On site, Ke Kula ‘O Pi‘ilani

Thursday

On site, Ke Kula ‘O Pi‘ilani

Friday

Field Studies 

Independent work

HIGH SCHOOL
Monday

Student Support

Field Studies

Tuesday

On campus

Wednesday

Zoom classes

Thursday

On campus

Friday

Virtual Support

Field Studies

Kīhei staff

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Allison Trapp

KĪHEI CAMPUS DIRECTOR • atrapp@myhta.org

During my professional basketball career I developed what has become my personal motto: be caring and respectful, have empathy and a great attitude. That is what fuels us to be our best. I graduated from the University of Delaware before playing in the WNBA for the San Antonio Silver Stars and then internationally. When I went back to school to earn my MBA in leadership, I knew I was going to land in education, and I have been in various leadership roles in this field for more than 10 years, including at a charter school in Philadelphia. I joined HTA Kīhei in 2022 as a math teacher and stepped into the campus director role the following year. I am honored to serve the HTA ‘ohana. In my spare time I love to garden; there’s magic in cultivating plants. I love to fish; there’s patience and strategy required to be a successful fisher. I love to surf and bodyboard because waiting for the right wave will make your day. I also love to go camping because being outdoors with the elements fills my soul.

Jessica Melton

Administrative Assistant

ELEMENTARY

Julia Hennen

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Victoria Conmy

Grades 2&3

Melinda White

Grades 4&5

Jackie Mulder

Social Worker

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Maria Heberling

English Language Arts

Angela Falk

Math

Mishelle Oh

Science

Nick Maglaras

Humanities

Jackie Mulder

Social Worker

pbHTA GRADES 6&7

Jen Fordyce Atay

pbHTA teacher

HIGH SCHOOL

Sara Smitherman

English Language Arts

DrieAnn Peterson

Math

Geoff Hummelke

Science

Mecael Yuan

Humanities

Maile Atay

Counselor

Lokelani Cummings-Watanabe

College & Career Counselor

Andrew Marchetto-Ryan

Career-Based Learning Coordinator

SUPPORT STAFF

Marcael Jamison

Education Assistant

Maribel Perez

Education Assistant

Sydney Parry

Special Education

Beth Balmores

Special Education

Ronald Cooper

Special Education

Interested in working with us?

Navigate to HTA Kīhei

535 Līpoa Parkway

Suite 200

Kīhei HI 96753

808-676-5444 option 3

info@myhta.org

 

MAILING ADDRESS

1215 South Kīhei Road

St. O PMB 341

Kīhei HI 96753

 

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