HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Friday night, nearly 2,000 high school students will sing in unison during the 98th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest at the Blaisdell Arena.
Josiah Hernandez is leading the junior boys for the first time as a song director. Their mele is about Queen Emma; his passion for music and performing helped Hernandez earn the job.
"I saw this as an opportunity to share that passion, to share that with my class," he said.
While it may look easy, directing more than 200 students is no easy task – especially for a first timer.
"I kind of felt like a deer in headlights, like, 'Woah what's going on?'" he said. "It was definitely a super new experience for me. I was definitely super nervous the first time."
As the weeks of rehearsals went on, directing the class became more natural. Hernandez says he now shows poise under pressure – and he wants the junior boys and girls to evoke a certain excitement as they sing their individual and co-ed songs.
"We've put in so much work already. I'm super proud of how far we've gotten this season, and I want them to leave their hearts out," he said.
The 98th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest is this Friday on KGMB. The broadcast pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m., and then the live broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m.
The show is also available in Olelo Hawaii. Instructions can be found at http://www.ksbe.edu/songcontest