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The freshmen class celebrate their win at the 97th annual song contest

Freshmen class earns awards at the 97th annual song contest

March 17, 2017

Contributed by Thomas Yoshida

The freshmen class of 2020 became the first 9th grade class since 2006 to win both the combined class competition and the outstanding musical performance at the 97th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest Friday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The theme of this year’s event was: Naʻu E Lei, The music of Bina Mossman.

The senior boys picked up the award for outstanding use of Hawaiian language while the senior class won the George Alanson Andrus Cup (outstanding performance in the boys division). The junior girls won the New England Mothers Cup for outstanding performance in the girls division while the outstanding student director award went to ʻElia Akaka (junior combined class) for the third consecutive year.

KGMB will rebroadcast the song contest on Friday, March 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the preshow followed by the song contest at 7:30 p.m.

The results:

The Louise Aoe McGregor Award (outstanding student director):
Winner: ʻElia Akaka (junior combined)

The Richard Lyman, Jr., ‘Ōlelo Makuahine (Mother Tongue) Award (oustanding use of the Hawaiian language):
Winner: Class of 2017 (Senior boys)

George Alanson Andrus Cup (boys competition):
Winner: Class of 2017 (Seniors), Josiah Kunipo (song director)

New England Mothers’ Cup (girls competition):
Winner: Class of 2018 (Juniors), Teeya Leʻi (song director)

Helen Desha Beamer Award (outstanding musical performance):
Winner: Class of 2020 (Freshmen combined)

Charles Edward King Cup (combined class competition):
Winner: Class of 2020 (Freshmen), Josias Pili Fronda (song director)

Photos by Michael Young. Additional photos are posted on the KS Facebook page.

Hawaiian culture-based education is a core component of the Kamehameha Schools learning experience. Firmly grounding our haumāna in who they are where they are from culturally establishes a solid foundation upon which they are able to build continued personal and educational success. Song Contest, a KS tradition for more than nine decades, connects multiple aspects of culture, music and learning that remain with graduates throughout their lives.


Breakdown of scores:
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020


Encore presentation

The senior class.

The junior class.

The sophomore class.

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