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90th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest Coming Up

Zachary Lum Zachary Lum

Aloha mai kâkou.  This years theme "Ola Mau Nâ Mele Makamae O Kamehameha," features enduring Kamehameha classics that have been sung for years in Hawaiʻi.

Keʻala Kwan Language Department Head, Kamehameha Schools Because this year looks at these classic songs, to me it goes beyond just Kamehameha that there are folks that sing these songs who have smiles on their faces and warmth in their na'au in their hearts when they hear these songs sung by our young people.

Zachary Lum Co-Ed Director, Class of 2010 Our kupuna they perpetuated the language through song. And by us doing the same thing, you know what I mean, nânâ i ke kumu. We're keeping it the way they kept it going.  

The Kamehameha Song Contest began in 1921 to foster leadership and class spirit and has become a means of perpetuating tradition and culture at the school.

The contest is about perpetuating the language and perpetuating what's important, what we almost lost.

If you get caught up in the competition of this thing, you miss the whole point. There's the culture side, but there's also the camaraderie side.

Students spend hours rehearsing and polishing their songs.

I guess it's important to say that the songs are vehicle through which we communicate and we convey so much of what is Hawai'i, what is our Hawaiian culture.

Tune in this Friday to KGMB at 6:30 p.m. for the 90th annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest.

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