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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Thousands of people will be in Washington, D.C. next week for the presidential inauguration, and among them will be hundreds of high school students from Hawaii.
Kamehameha Schools and the president's alma mater, Punahou, are sending up members of their marching bands to perform in the inaugural parade.
Buff and Blu students say they're grateful that their school will have had the chance to participate in both of President Barack Obama's inaugurations.
"It's a big honor, not only to be able to represent Punahou, but the State of Hawaii up in D.C., and it's even more special I think because President Obama graduated from this school," said Kisa Matlin, a Punahou senior.
The parade begins after the inaugural ceremonies on Monday, Jan. 21. Punahou's band leaves for Washington on Wednesday and Kamehameha's band leaves on Friday.
Hawaii News Now will air the ceremony live beginning at 7 a.m. Monday at HawaiiNewsNow.com.