(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds if not thousands of viewers tuned in last Friday to watch the seniors sweep the Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest.
A new, national documentary hopes to give Song Contest fans a deeper look into the emotional effort it takes to prepare. Amy Kalili has more.
"What I wanted all along was to take our story out to the world that showed who we were as Hawaiian people," said Heather H. Giugni, owner of Juniroa Productions.
Ua makemake e laha ko kâkou moʻolelo no ke ʻano o ka Hawaiʻi.
For Heather, a Kamehameha alum and executive producer of the feature-length documentary One Voice, the Kamehameha Song Contest was the perfect backdrop.
No Heather, he haumana puka na Kamehameha a ʻo ia pû ka luna hoʻopuka no ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni ʻo One Voice, ʻo ka hoʻokûkû mele o Kamehameha ka pôʻaipili kûpono no ka haʻi ʻana aku i kçia moʻolelo.
"The Song Contest is an excellent way of telling the story of Hawaiian community, of Hawaiian culture through the hearts and through the voices of students at Kamehameha," said Heather.
He pôʻaiapili kûpono wale ka hoʻokûkû mele no ka hôʻike ʻana i kekahi mau ʻano o kâkou Hawaiʻi ma o nâ manaʻo me nâ leo o nâ haumâna Kamehameha.
Camera crews followed all 10 song leaders for nearly two months as they prepared for the 2008 Song Contest.
Ua hahai a paʻi wikiô ʻia nâ alakaʻi mele haumâna he 10 no nâ mahina he ʻelua o ko lâkou hoʻomâkaukau ʻana no ka hoʻokûkû o ka makahiki 2008.
"When they asked us to film it was like a whole different thing on top of Song Contest. So they're going to be filming the documentary and we had to hold rehearsals at the same time. So it was really cool, but really hectic," said Zachary Alakaʻi Lum, senior co-ed Director of Kamehameha Schools.
Ua hoihoi ʻoiai hana ʻia ana kçia pâhana wikiô koʻikoʻi i ka manawa paʻahana hoʻokahi o ka hoʻomaʻamaʻa no ka hoʻokûkû.
Last year, Zach got to see the results at the screening of One Voice in Washington D.C., and realized the value of sharing this story with the world.
I kçlâ makahiki aku nei, ua ʻikemaka ʻo Zach i ka waiwai o ka laha kauʻâina o keia moʻolelo ma o kçia kiʻi ʻo One Voice ma ka hoʻolele mua ʻia ma Wakinekona D.C.
"Those little random moments of true culture that is subliminally messaged in the documentary, it's gonna make a big difference on how people see Hawaiʻi," said Zachary.
ʻO ia mau mâhele e ʻike ʻia ai ke ʻano o ka Hawaiʻi, he mea nui ia no ka ʻike maoli o ko waho no kâkou.
Since filming in 2008, Zach has enjoyed a successful career as song contest leader and hopes the audience will see the legacy of Song Contest.
Mai ka paʻi wikiô ma 2008, ua nui ka holomua ʻo Zach ma kona mau kuleana alakaʻi hîmeni a he manaʻolana kona no ka piʻi o ko ke anaina nânâ maopopo no ka waiwai maoli o ka hoʻokûkû mele.
"Song Contest is about perpetuating our language and perpetuating what's important and what we almost lost," said Zachary.
He pili ka hoʻokûkû i ka hoʻôla mau ʻia o ka ʻôlelo a ia mau mea koʻikoʻi i ʻane halapohe.
"It's something to be really proud of," said Heather.
He mea e haʻaheo ai.
One Voice is expected to be released later this year. For more information log onto http://www.juniroa.com.
Ke wânana ʻia nei ka laha pono aku ʻo One Voice i kçia makahiki nô. E kele aku iâ Juniroa.com no ka ʻike hou aku.
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