Our annual Song Contest shows the world that there is more to mele than music alone. Above, 2017 song directors hoist the prized trophies. From left, junior ‘Elia Akaka (son of KS Cultural Specialist Hau'oli Akaka) - Outstanding Student Director; junior Teeya Le‘i - Girls Competition; freshman Josias Fronda (son of Sr. Land Asset Manager Kalani Fronda) - Outstanding Musical Performance and Combined Class Competition; and senior Josiah Kunipo (son of HR Shared Services Coordinator Ed Kunipo) - Boys Competition.
KS Song Contest is slated for March 16
The Kamehameha Schools Song Contest – which connects our KS Kapālama High School haumāna to their culture through mele – is slated for Friday, March 16 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
The competition will be broadcast on KGMB and the Song Contest website starting with a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live airing of the contest at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “I Ho‘okahi Ka Mana‘o: 100 Years of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.”
The annual Song Contest shows the world that there is more to mele than music alone. Mele connects us to our language, people, place, and to the communities we serve. For our haumāna, that connection ignites a desire to take an active role in civic engagement to improve their communities and the lāhui.
For much more on the event – including a link to the printed program, Song Contest director videos, and instructions on viewing the contest in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i – visit the Song Contest website.
Join us on Friday, March 16 for the 98th annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. Pre-show at 6:30 p.m.; live competition at 7:30 p.m. on KGMB or streaming live at http://www.ksbe.edu/songcontest
. 2018 marks the centennial of The Hawaiian Civic Club, established by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in December 1918. As music is a cornerstone of Hawaiian cultural expression, each club selects their club mele along with a club flower, color and motto. Over the years, the ‘Aha Mele at civic club conventions have ranged from formal Hawaiian choral competitions to informal kani ka pila. This year’s choral competition brings the entire high school student body of Nā Kula ‘o Kamehameha ma Kapālama together in song to feature the mele ‘ahahui of 10 Hawaiian Civic Clubs.