Kamehameha seniors sweep class awards at 98th annual song contest

Kamehameha seniors sweep class awards at 98th annual song contest

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Schools' senior class has once again earned bragging rights atop the hills of Kapalama.

The class of 2018 won all of the class awards at Friday's annual song contest.

It was the seniors of the red lei who won the hearts of the judges with their melodious and dynamic voices, taking home five of the six total trophies in the mass chorale competition.

Junior men's leader Josiah Hernadez brought pride to the class of 2019 when he won the Louise Aoe McGregor Award for outstanding song leadership. The McGregor Award is the only individual recognition given to an outstanding song director.

Hernandez earned the award as a first-time song leader with the men of his class.

"I'm so proud of my boys for sticking with me through it. I'm just so thankful," Hernandez said.

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Held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, the senior men and women walked away with top honors in their respective categories. In addition, they clinched the trophy for best use of Hawaiian language, the 'Olelo Makuahine award.

The biggest win came at the very end of the night when Hope Po'o Kula Debbie Lindsey presented to the class the Charles E. King cup — the most coveted of the six awards.

With their rendition of He Mele Lahui Hawai'i, it was a sweet farewell victory for the seniors in their final song contest.

"It feels incredible. I'm so proud of my class. Everything we've been through the last four years, I'm just totally proud of them," Senior Men's Director Kona Abergas said.

In the eyes of the seniors, the one thing that gave them a winning edge:  "Unity," Abergas said

"I feel like they were together. They trusted each other, they trusted me as a leader and (the other leaders,) and that's what I think pushed us through," he added.

The theme of the night was "I Ho'okahi Ka Mana'o, 100 years of Hawaiian Civic Clubs."

Each class chose a song that honored a local Hawaiian civic club, and acknowledged their contribution to the preservation of Hawaiian culture and affairs.

This story will be updated.

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