HBA Wins Second Place in Pacific Business News’ Hawaii’s Best Workplaces of 2022
Ryan Su

Pacific Business News (PBN) has awarded Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) second place in its Hawaii’s Best Workplaces of 2022.  The award honors the island’s leading employers who foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees.  

In partnership with research partner Quantum Workplace, PBN surveyed Hawaii employees at participating workplaces with a confidential survey with more than 50 job-related statements. Respondents were asked to rate their employers on a level of agreement from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” Examples of statements include, “At work, my opinions seem to count,” and “I recommend this organization as a great place to work.” 

Based on employees’ responses, the results were then tabulated into a Quantum score in order to select the top five companies in these three categories: small businesses with 10-49 employees; medium businesses with 50-99 employees; and large businesses with 100 or more employees.        

HBA was ranked second in the large business category with a Quantum score of 88.76.

“We are so thankful to have been nominated and ranked so highly by Pacific Business News for the second year in a row,” said HBA President Ron Shiira ’75.  “However, it is not the accolades that matters most to me, but the feedback from our faculty and staff that indicate they are highly satisfied working at HBA.  Our employees are what makes HBA special.  I’m thankful to serve alongside some of the most dedicated and committed individuals with hearts for HBA.”

HBA came from humble beginnings as a small school founded by Christian missionaries in 1949, with 36 students.  Today, HBA has more than 200 employees serving more than 1,000 students each year on its elementary, middle school, and high school campuses.  

This fall, HBA will be serving at a fourth location in Mililani Mauka, HBA Preschool at GracePoint.  This will allow families to join HBA as young as preschool and continue all the way through the 12th grade.  

What has remained steadfast in its nearly 75-year story is that HBA brings faith and learning together.  Dedicated faculty and staff support students in a safe and nurturing environment.  While HBA is often recognized for its strong academics, it instills core values of humility, curiosity, love, and commitment, which equip young leaders for life.

The school and teachers seek to nurture each child’s unique abilities and inherent talents, providing a foundation of faith, opportunities for life-long friendships, and inspiring a passion for becoming lifelong learners and leaders.