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As Benjamin Franklin famously said,
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I Iearn.”
At HTA, we embrace hands-on learning.
Our students write, film, present, design, build, iterate, rap, dream, create, solve ...
Arina G, Waipahu

In Drawing and Painting, high school students study famous artwork across history and recreate a chosen piece with their own modern twist. Arina remastered Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” Her colored pencil drawing takes a sharp look at our modern world of influencers and materialism.

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Sandro Botticelli
Addie S, Kaua‘i

Created for her Grade 8 science class, Addie uses animation to explain the phases of the moon and how the Earth’s tilt gives us our seasons.

Liam P, Waipahu

Waipahu NuVuX high school students experimented with CAD and prototype building to create lanterns with unique patterns that cast a light on themselves or a place important to them. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry Night,” Liam explored how a scene can flow with no beginning or end.

MCs Lance and Maximus, Distance Learning program

Middle schoolers Lance and Maximus composed and produced this rap for their Distance Learning assembly.  


Mr. Beutler gives his Distance Learning high school advisory students a brain break and opens doors to creativity by exploring with blackout poetry. The starting points were the words of everyone from Byron to Taylor Swift, but the end results are stunningly unique.

Maddie, Kona

Kona Grade 4 and 5 students drew on inspirations from nature walks to create guardian sculptures. Maddie used molding clay, wood, paint, feathers, and leaves to make her guardian of love. “I titled my artwork the Guardian of Love because I learned, as I move through life, sometimes unfortunate things happen. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you are loved. I also need to know that even if a loved one is not there with you, you can still mentally be with them.”

HTA’s high school lit art magazine

Inside this student-led magazine, you will find the writing and art of students from all of our five high school campuses — see our HTA ‘ohana shine.

Hayden H, Waipahu

While learning about the unification of the Hawaiian islands, middle school students created a stop motion animation about one key event. Hayden chose to animate the Battle of Nu‘uanu and showcases his amazing creativity through the use of simple props found at home. This is a must-watch!

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Honu Productions, Waipahu

Our sharp shooting Waipahu media students are busy. Through our Career-Based Learning program, they learn their craft with ‘Ōlelo, cover events, and enter competitions. When they have free time … they make more videos! Like this one, which they put together during time off from the Student Television Network competition in California. Yee-haw!

Ezra J, ‘Ewa Beach

‘Ewa Beach Grade 5 students become writers and publishers in this two-month project that cuts across all their subject areas. They write fictional stories, record them in StoryJumper, and make art. It’s all topped off when they host a publication party for their ‘ohana, complete with book displays, author discussions, decorations, and refreshments. Pull up a comfortable chair and enjoy Ezra’s book — it‘s chock full of adventure, lost worlds, riddles, and evil spirits.

HTA students are amazing

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