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Senior co-ed song director Taitea Sunaoka was one of two winners of the Louise Aoe McGregor Award for outstanding student director. He was also one of two winners of the same award last year.

Seniors sweep Song Contest

March 15, 2024

The senior class swept through the awards at the 104th annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest Friday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The theme of this year’s event was “Noho Nō a Ho‘omana‘o A‘e” and honored legendary musician, composer and performer Bill Ali‘iloa Lincoln.

The senior combined class tied with the senior men for the ‘Ōlelo Makuahine award, which recognizes excellence in the use of Hawaiian language.

The senior boys won the George Alanson Andrus Cup for outstanding performance in the boys division, and the senior girls won the New England Mothers Cup for outstanding performance in the girls division. The senior combined class took home the remaining two singing awards: The Helen Desha Beamer Award for best musical performance and the Charles E. King Cup, the award in the combined class competition.

There was a tie for the Louise Aoe McGregor Award, which recognizes the outstanding student director. The award went to Emiole Ohai (junior boys’ director) and Taitea Sunaoka (senior co-ed director).

The pre-show and competition will be rebroadcast on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. on KHNL and on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. on KGMB.

Results

Louise Aoe McGregor Award — Outstanding Student Director
Winner: (TIE)

  • Emiole Ohai (junior men’s director)
  • Taitea Sunaoka (senior co-ed director)

Richard Lyman, Jr. Trophy — ‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award
Winner: (TIE)

  • Senior co-ed and senior men

George Alanson Andrus Cup — Boys’ Competition Award

  • Winner: Senior men, Logan Ledesma (song director)

New England Mothers’ Cup — Girls’ Competition Award

  • Winner: Senior women, Selah Kaʻupu Fronda (song director)

Helen Desha Beamer Award — Best Musical Performance

  • Winner: Senior co-ed, Taitea Sunaoka (song director)

Charles E. King Cup — Combined Class Award

  • Winner: Senior co-ed, Taitea Sunaoka (song director)


Junior men’s director Emiole Ohai tied for the win of the Louise Aoe McGregor Award for outstanding student director Friday night.



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