88th Annual Song Contest: E Ola Mau Ka ‘Ōlelo ‘Ōiwi o ka ‘Āina

Re-live the Memories

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2008 Winners

Louise Aoe McGregor Award

Outstanding Student Director

Kahala Rowe
(2008 Women)
Zachary Lum
(2010 Co-Ed)

Richard Lyman, Jr. Trophy

‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award

Class of 2010 Women

New England Mothers’ Cup

Girls’ Competition Award

Class of 2010 Women

George Alanson Andrus Cup

Boys’ Competition Award

Class of 2009 Men

Helen Desha Beamer Award

Best Musical Performance

Class of 2009 Men

Charles E. King Cup

Combined Class Award

Class of 2010

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Song Contest on DVD

Click here to purchase this year's Song Contest on DVD

The Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, a tradition nearly 90 years in the making, is a one-of-a-kind presentation of Hawaiian language, song and dance. The melodies of a capella choral music performed in harmony by hundreds of high school students are unforgettable and the beauty of Ho‘ike is truly moving.

This DVD of the 88th annual competition features the full program, including the men’s, women’s and co-ed songs, as well as the Ho‘ike presentation and awards ceremony. Bonus features include KGMB9 news segments and a 45-minute preshow titled “Ola Ka ‘Ōlelo ‘Ōiwi O Ka ‘Āina” chronicling the resurgence of the Hawaiian language over the last 30 years.

Approximately 165 minutes.
Price: $20

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Limited quantities of last year’s Song Contest are also available.

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This Year’s Theme

2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the recognition of Hawaiian as an official language of the state of Hawai‘i. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i is thriving today thanks to this recognition and the subsequent establishment of educational organizations dedicated to instruction in the Hawaiian language. Join Kamehameha Schools Kapālama students as they celebrate this important milestone through mele of our past and present.

About the Pre-Show Documentary

After a century of disuse due to suppression and discouragement, Hawaiian became an official language of the State of Hawai‘i in 1978. Since then, Hawai‘i has undertaken tremendous efforts to revive the language through immersion programs, educational opportunities in preschool through college, and increased community support for a renaissance in Hawaiian language and culture.

About Song Contest

The Song Contest has been an important tradition of Kamehameha since the first annual competition in 1921. Miss Laura Brown, a director of music at Kamehameha between 1926 and 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.” Today, the Song Contest represents a proud tradition spanning 88 years of Kamehameha’s history.

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