The Kamehameha Schools Song Contest is back ... live and with an audience

The 102nd Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest is back this year ― live, in person and with an audience.
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2022 at 10:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 102nd Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest is back this year ― live, in person and with an audience.

The voices of students singing together will once again fill the Blaisdell Arena on Friday night.

This year’s theme is “Ola Mau O Kamehameha,” or “Celebrating Our Kamehameha Musical Legacy.”

The seniors at Kamehameha Schools are determined to make their last Song Contest their best.

“It is so exciting to hear the voices my class again in rehearsals, but even in the halls,” said Chase Kamikawa, Kamehameha senior coed director.

“After two years of virtual, this virtual that, I think it’s so exciting to have something that’s in person and something that hopefully will provide hope for the lahui,” he added.

Kamikawa has the experience as a class leader and passion for music.

He’s been directing since his freshman year and we’ve watched him grow.

Back in 2019 he told Hawaii News Now: “I really wanted to be the director since kindergarten so I just felt that all the work that I put in over the years really paid off.”

The class is singing Paauau Waltz about a home near Puuloa or Pearl Harbor.

“We have to honor the people of Kapukaki Red Hill who are standing up for Aloha Aina and all that wai represents to our society and our world,” said Kamikawa.

Kiwaa Hermosura of Kauai’s north shore is directing the senior men, who expect their maturity will lead to a win. “What he talks about is Pehea Ho’i Au. How do a look in your sight,” said Hermosura.

“This whole song is talking about the emotion that this kane has for his wahine and what she could she should expect,” he said.

The Song Contest airs Friday night on K5.

The pre-show begins at 7 p.m. with live competition at 7:30 p.m.

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