Kamuela has changed a lot since my friends went there. If you're talking academic excellence, and no-nonsense, nose-to-the-grindstone serious learning, you'd be headed to the right place. It's also good that you are at least a junior with more maturity.
Party school, it is not. But you're pretty close to the resorts north of Kona and are about half way between Kona and Hilo, (where Univ. of Hawaii, Hilo is). The Big Island is a pretty quiet, laid-back place, so if you're looking for excitement and action like on Oahu, you won't find it. But, then again, you'd be going there for a serious education. Save your party animal behavior for college.