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Second grade students rock out to The Beatles hit, "Rollover Beethoven."

Beatlemania hits Kea‘au

May 8, 2014

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Kula Ha'aha'a haumāna (elementary school students) celebrated spring in song at their annual Spring Concert. The theme of this year's event was the "Music of The Beatles."

The following is from the school’s April Nā Pōki‘i newsletter:

The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll,

The Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania,” but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ debut in the United States. 

This year’s concert was an opportunity for KS Hawai‘i kula haʻahaʻa keiki to honor these timeless performers who have left a legacy of classic songs and music! Here is the playlist of the night's performances:

  • Opening the night was a performance by the KS Hawai'i Keiki Choir performing a medley of Beatles favorites “All You Need is Love,” “With A Little Help from My Friends,” “Imagine” and “She Loves You.”
  • The Keiki Chamber Choir performs “All My Loving.”
  • Our papa mālaa'o (kindergarten) haumāna perform “Hello, Goodbye” and “Yellow Submarine.”
  • Papa ʻEkahi (1st grade) haumāna perform “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret.”
  • Papa ʻElua (2nd grade) haumāna perform “I Will” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”
  • Papa ʻEkolu (3rd grade) haumāna perform “Here Comes the Sun” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”
  • Papa ʻEhā (4th grade) haumāna perform “Yesterday” and “Oh La Di, Oh La Da.”
  • Papa ʻElima (5th grade) haumāna dance and perform to “In My Life,” “Michelle,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.” Look out for the rock concert-esque ending during “Hey Jude.”

Mahalo to KSH middle school computer lab kumu Kerry Kamisato and his students who documented the program. You can watch all of the performances through the YouTube playlist below:

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