70+ Years in the Making (1949-present)
World War II forces Southern Baptist missionaries out of China and Japan. Several are relocated to the Territory of Hawaii to start mission work.
Missionary Dr. Victor Koon heads a committee to promote the founding of a Baptist school.
The Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia pledges $125,000 over 5 years to fund property and facilities. The SBC Foreign Mission Board (FMB) sends Hugh and Mary McCormick from Nigeria to start a school.
Hawaii Baptist Academy opens with 36 students in grades 7 and 8. Mr. McCormick serves as principal. Mrs. McCormick is school nurse and librarian. Buildings are refurbished army barracks.
Grades 1, 2 and 3 from Olivet are transferred to HBA. Grade 4 is added.
The first level of the elementary building is constructed.
School is complete with grades 1-12.
First graduating class has three graduates. From left to right: Phillip Perreira, Jr., Kiyo Itokazu, and Harry Uyeunten.
The second floor of the elementary building is completed.
Hawaii becomes a state. Phaseout of support by Foreign Mission Board begins.
Operation of the school is transferred to the Hawaii Baptist Convention. The McCormicks and other missionary teachers retire/move back to the mainland.
Kindergarten is added.
Upper school receives accreditation.
Construction begins on a joint-use building with Central Baptist Church.
Retiring U.S. Air Force Col. Stanley Sagert is elected by the HBC Board to head HBA and authorizes him to raise critical funds to support the school.
The joint use building is completed. Part of the original school property is leased to a developer to help finance a new campus on less expensive land.
April 21: The 13.6 acre estate in Nuuanu is acquired for $553,000 through an auction. Photo courtesy of R.M. Towill Corporation
Fall: Grades 7-12 meet in Theo H. Davies building in Mapunapuna.
Construction starts on a 4-level classroom building on the Pali property. Dr. Dan Kong is asked to join HBA as vice president of development to help raise funds on the mainland. Grades 7-12 meet at Makiki Christian Church's educational building.
The Bessie Fleming Building on the Pali Campus is completed. Grades 7-12 move to the new Pali campus.
The Mainland Advisory Council (MAC) holds its first meeting in Honolulu.
Isaiah 40:31 is adopted as the new Alma Mater.
Feb 19. - Groundbreaking and construction begins on the Shiraki Building.
The Shiraki Building is completed.
The Stanford Building on the Leeward Campus at Puu Kahea is completed.
HBA acquires the Sacred Hearts Convent School, appraised at more than $18 million, for $14 million interest-free.
Col. Stan Sagert retires after 17 years as HBA president. He is succeeded by Dr. Ron Boggs.
Dr. Dan Kong becomes president.
The Aloha Council is organized.
HBA is incorporated as a subsidiary of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention.
Richard Bento becomes HBA's fourth president.
HBA becomes the first K-12 school in Hawaii to implement a modified school calendar.
HBA closes its Leeward Campus due to declining enrollment.
HBA celebrates its 50th anniversary, marked by student involvement in 50 community service projects.
The elementary school receives accreditation.
The middle school campus is completed and named after former school president Dr. Dan Kong.
HBA takes the ILH Division II first place Kaimana Award for overall school excellence, and continues to be recognized.
A standard school attire is adopted for all students.
The Waterhouse property on Wyllie Street is purchased for administrative offices.
The new Arts and Science Building is completed at the High School.
The high school library is renovated into the Learning Resource Center.
iPads are distributed as part of the curriculum.
Donor Wall on the Arts and Science Building is unveiled in February.
HBA holds its first Legacy Awards in November. The inaugural Lifetime Legacy Award is presented to Hugh and Mary McCormick, Col. Stan Sagert and Joyce Wong.
The Lifetime Legacy Award recipients for 2015 are Dan Kong and Patricia Simmons.
Ronald Shiira ’75, vice president since 2013, becomes HBA’s fifth president.
The elementary campus is named in honor of Richard Bento.
HBA’s Mock Trial team wins first state championship.
HBA’s Wind Ensemble performs at Carnegie Hall at the Sounds of Spring International Music Festival and at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia.
HBA creates the Eagle Kokua Fund to support families who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Junior Kindergarten program opens on the elementary campus
Opening of HBA’s first satellite preschool, HBA Preschool at GracePoint, in Mililani Mauka.