The Song Contest is unique to Kamehameha – a tradition that has involved all students in musical competition for 87 years. Miss Laura Brown, Director of Music at Kamehameha (1926-1947) stated that “the objective of the song contest are to build up the repertoire of the best in Hawaiian music for the cultural heritage of any student who attends Kamehameha; to develop leadership, cooperation and good class spirit; and to give students the use of their singing voices and to give them pleasure in singing as a means of expression.” This year’s competition features the music of Mary Kawena Pukui.
Preshow & Encore Performance
KGMB9 will broadcast a special, hour-long preshow at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, the night before the Song Contest. The program, titled “Kamehameha Schools celebrates Mary Kawena Pukui,” will feature an introduction to the amazing life of one of the most influential Hawaiians of this century, as well as a historic look at Song Contest and the Ho`ike tradtion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can tune in for the rebroadcast on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. on KGMB9.
Live Broadcast & Encore Performance
The live broadcast of the 87th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest – “Mary Kawena Pukui - A Celebration of Story and Song” - begins with preliminaries at 7:00 p.m. with the competition beginning at 7:30 p.m. If you miss the live broadcast, you can tune in for the rebroadcast on Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on KGMB9.