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Kamehameha Schools students unearth a gem of a song

Keola Pontes Keola Pontes
Hailama Farden Hailama Farden
Paul Robbins Paul Robbins
The Late Aunty Irmgard The Late Aunty Irmgard
Kamehameha School students at song practice Kamehameha School students at song practice

By Keahi Tucker - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A hidden gem might have stayed hidden if not for a Kamehameha Schools senior who heard something special.  He didn't know at the time that he and his classmates would be reviving a piece of history. 

Seventeen year old Keola Pontes of Mililani is a talented and light-hearted young man who has lucked upon a treasure.

"First time I heard this song, I just heard the melody.  I was like, ‘Wow, this song is really beautiful'. And I didn't even know this song was never sung before so to know that after I chose it was very cool...", Pontes said.

It's titled ‘Momi A'o Ku'u Puuwai'…Precious One of My Heart…about a man's love for his wife.

Precious, especially, to Hailama Farden.  The grand-nephew of its composer, Aunty Irmgard, who performed the song only once, at the Willows Restaurant in Moiliili in 1983.

It has never been performed since. 

Even among the Farden Ohana. 

"When I introduced this ‘Momi A'o Ku'u Puuwai' to the other family members, they said,  ‘I never heard this song before' and I said 'Yeah, but listen'... and they say 'Oh, so beautiful... how come we didn't know this'.", Farden conveyed.  He tells us his answer to them was, "'Well, we'll know it now... its out there'."

This Friday night, Pontes will lead all 218 of the senior men, bringing Aunty Irmgard's melody back to life.

It's his 3rd year as director… and this year, they have a secret weapon.

Remember Paul Robbins?  He's the lovable 12 year old from Waianae who sang his heart out on "Oprah" a few years back.

Well, Mister Robbins is now all grown up.

At the end of their song, he lets loose a solo so piercing, it will tingle your spine.  Guaranteed chicken skin.     

As a tribute to Aunty Irmgard, the men of 2011... pay homage to history, showing that a good love song never goes out of style.

You can catch the song contest LIVE in High Definition on KGMB tomorrow.  Pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m..


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