For 14 years, Pacific Buddhist Academy has challenged students to seek academic excellence, personal fulfillment and the improvement of their communities through enlightened learning and peace practice. 100% of 11 graduating classes – less one graduate who enlisted in the Marines, the third-generation fulfillment of a lifelong dream – have gone on to some of the finest colleges and universities in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and Japan. They have made the school proud with their achievements and their significant contributions to community peace.
Pacific Buddhist Academy (PBA) is an independent high school accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. PBA has been in operation since 2003. Its current enrollment is 70 students, though the school will expand enrollment to 140 students over the next years as it settles into the Weinberg Building on the temple campus of the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin.
Pacific Buddhist Academy is the first Shin Buddhist high school to open outside of Japan, and the first accredited Buddhist high school in the United States. It is a proud member of the Ryukoku Sogo Gakuen (RSG), a federation of Shin Buddhist schools, of which PBA is the sole non-Japanese member. PBA has formalized sister school relationships with a number of RSG schools. While the practice of Buddhist values is an important part of the school's educational program, neither students nor personnel need to be Buddhist to attend the school, and conversion to Buddhism is not a component of the school's mission. Rather, the school seeks a diverse student body – diversity of faith, heritage, socioeconomic background, and learning and communication style – in order to give students the opportunity to practice negotiating difference, a fundamental component of peace practice.
PBA is also a proud partner of Hongwanji Mission School, the preschool-8th grade program located directly across the Pali Highway from PBA.