Kids Sing For Your Vote

Joy Waikoloa
Joy Waikoloa

KALIHI (KHNL) -- A group of youngsters gave their parents and others a lesson in civic duty today. Through their music, the Kalihi Waena Lions Chorus is encouraging people to get out and vote.

The chorus sings throughout the year, but recently, it's been practicing a song called, "We Are American." These kids want adults to go out and vote on Tuesday, and today the chorus debuted the song in front of the entire school.

A patriotic message from a group of third, fourth and fifth graders.

And the message is loud and clear.

"If we sing this song, we could get more people to vote in this election," said Madisen Cagulada, a member of the Kalihi Waena Lions Chorus.

"It feels like I'm going to explode if I don't sing," said Zachary Caldetera, a chorus member.

"Any vote counts and every vote makes a difference," said Kelsi Baltazar, a chorus member.

The chorus has been practicing this song for only a month. In addition to teaching them a new song, the chorus director wants to pass on a life lesson.

"It's the earlier you teach them about the importance of anything, then it will stick with them as they get older and throughout their adult life," said Joy Waikoloa, director of the Kalihi Waena Lions Chorus. "And then they can pass on that message to their children."

A message from an activity that stirs their passion.

"I felt bored most of the time, but now that I come to chorus, I do more things than watch TV and do junk stuff," said Caldetera.

"When I sing, it makes me happy," said Cagulada.

And how do they feel when the audience cheers?

"It kind of shows me that they like how we sing and that we did something right," said Baltazar.

While singing is fun, the purpose of today's performance is clear.

"Please vote so that we know who our new people will be for the 2006 election," said Baltazar.

A message of civic responsibility ... from the mouth of babes.

The chorus director hopes these kids will help encourage at least their parents to go to the polls on Tuesday.

It's their part, she said, to help turn around voter apathy in Hawai'i.