The following announcement was made by Po‘o Kula Taran Chun to all KS Kapālama students and faculty, suspending this year’s Song Contest.
“Kamehameha Schools is continuing to closely follow the evolving COVID-19 public health situation and monitor guidance from state and federal health officials and government leaders in determining the potential impact to school operations and events. Data indicates that there are simple, effective ways to limit the spread of any virus. Limiting large events is one of the best ways to decrease community exposure of COVID-19.
“After much soul searching and pule, our Campus Leadership Team has made the decision to suspend this year’s live public event scheduled for March 20 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.
“To say that there has been much hard work and effort put into this year’s milestone competition by every segment of our KS ‘ohana would be grossly understating the magnitude of this year’s event. To honor that work, we are exploring alternatives that will allow us to continue to celebrate the spirit and pride of Song Contest that may look different from the way to which we are all accustomed. In many ways, this re-visioning exercise underscores exactly what Song Contest has become for us over the past 99 years. It is about resilience and banding together in the face of challenge. Our students, our school and our families will persevere. Please expect to see details about those plans shortly.”
Effective Friday, March 13, KS is either cancelling or suspending many of its upcoming events through April 5. More information on specific events at all of our campuses, including preschools, as well as community programs and events, will be communicated by the respective school, po‘o kula and/or group leaders.
The coronavirus situation is evolving quickly. For updates, visit www.ksbe.edu/malama_ola/coronavirus_updates/ and www.ksbe.edu/songcontest/2020/ .
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