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Class president Aya Chang welcomes everyone to Commencement ceremony for the KS Kapālama Class of 2018, fondly recollecting through rhyme their journey together to reach this special milestone.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

Class of 2018 Commencement speeches and mele

The 442 members of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2018 add their names to the nearly 30,000 Kamehameha Schools alumni.

In doing do, they also shared in the many graduation traditions, including those unique to KS Kapālama, singing their senior year mele for the final time as a class and the special loina Kamehameha mele, like Sail On, O My Soul.

For the first time, the KSK Commencement ceremony was live broadcast in its entirety on the KS Kapālama Campus Facebook page. Though we’ve also pulled out the individual speeches from the event.

The following speeches and mele are available for viewing in individual segments:

You can also watch the full graduation ceremony on the KSK Facebook page. Hoʻomaikaʻi to the Class of 2018! I Mua Kamehameha!

Student chanters open the Commencement ceremony for the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2018 with Oli No Pauahi before the class performs their class oli ʻAʻaliʻi Kū I Ke Ao.Then class of 2018 graduate Faith Blalock delivers the invocation for the ceremony.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

The men of the class of 2018 perform their 2018 Song Contest winning mele "Nā Kuahiwi ʻElima" under the direction of Kona Abergas.The song is written by Helen Desha Beamer and was arranged by Zachary Alakaʻi Lum.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2018 salutatorian Ashley Anuhea Parker addresses her peers and shares her personal journey up the Hill.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2018 valedictorian Michelle Murata addresses her classmates and shares her manaʻo on the power of expectations and how they reflect the belief in what we can do.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

The women of the class of 2018 perform their 2018 Song Contest winning mele "Lei No Kaʻiulani" under the direction of Teeya Leʻi.The song is written by John Edwards and was arranged by Dorothy Gillett.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

For the final time, the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2018 sings their winning 2018 Song Contest mele, "He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi" under the direction of ʻElia Akaka.This mele was written by HRH Liliʻuokalani and arranged by Zachary Alakaʻi Lum.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

Interim High School Principal Debbie Lindsey and KS Kapālama Poʻo Kula Dr. Taran Chun present the class of 2018 as they prepare to receive their diplomas after their hard-work and perseverance brought them to this milestone.These two school leaders leave this incRED18le class with words of wisdom and celebrate the graduation traditions of Kamehameha by honoring their parents, caregivers and kupuna who helped them get to this point.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

A special graduation tradition, the Class of 2018 sings "Sail On, O My Soul" by Noble Cain as part of the Commencement 2018 ceremony, under the direction of ʻElia Akaka.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

For the first time as graduates of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, the Class of 2018 sings our school alma mater "Sons of Hawaiʻi" under the direction of ʻElia Akaka.Singing the mele to close our events is a special loina Kamehameha."Sons of Hawaiʻi" lyrics are by Rev. William B. Oleson, music by Theodore Richards and was arranged by Randie Kamuela Fong.Graduation was live broadcast on the KS Kapālama Facebook page, and can be watched in its entirety on demand at https://www.facebook.com/KamehamehaSchoolsKapalamaCampus/videos/10156788239544063/

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