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Our School

West Hawaii Explorations Academy is a public charter school serving students from grades 6 through 12. Our campus is located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi within the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park administered by the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).

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Our Mission

To facilitate authentic learning through integrative, hands-on, self-selected projects related to real world challenges.

Our Vision

Students become productive and responsible practitioners of collaboration and stewardship, evolving into lifelong critical thinkers who are confident in their ability to solve complex, real world problems.

Our Approach

WHEA has a unique approach to education, valuing authenticity and student direction. We believe that students learn best when the learning environment offers integrated, hands-on, self-selected projects with real world applications. The school offers a project-based curriculum that emphasizes independent learning, technical writing, and building understanding through practical research.

Contact Us



(808) 327-4751


(808) 327-4750

Mailing Address

73-4460 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy. #105

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Physical Address

73-4500 Kahilihili St.

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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