Louise Aoe McGregor Award
Outstanding Student Director
Richard Lyman, Jr. Trophy
‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award
New England Mothers’ Cup
Girls’ Competition Award
George Alanson Andrus Cup
Boys’ Competition Award
Helen Desha Beamer Award
Best Musical Performance
Charles E. King Cup
Combined Class Award
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
*Ho‘onani I Ka Makua Mau
Combined Class Competition
Presentation of Awards
*Audience please stand
Video and Flash Photography Prohibited
Like the episodes in a novel, the storied life of Aunty Irmgard reveals a woman who understood the power of song to capture the profound beauty of her world. She pulled just the right notes from the air, giving voice to stories, memories and feelings that would otherwise be lost or forgotten. The songs featured in this year’s Song Contest are like entries in a journal—they are postcards that recount the highlights of a musical journey for all to enjoy.
It is with great honor and privilege that the students of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama lift their voices in tribute to one of Hawai‘i’s most beloved and prolific composers. Join us now as we embark on an incredible adventure of story and song celebrating Aunty Irmgard Farden Aluli: A Musical Journey.
O'ahu Ka 'Ōnohi O Nā Kai - O'ahu, Gem of the Seas
From the lofty plateau of Ka'ala down to the sacred birthing stones of Kūkaniloko, from the circuitous estuaries of Pu'uloa home of the shark guardian Ka'ahupāhau, to the towering coconut grove of royal Helumoa—the sweep of O'ahu's breathtaking and bountiful landscape is legendary. In the spirit of this year's theme of classics, tonight's Hō'ike will celebrate O'ahu and the classical time-honored ways in which its esteem has been celebrated through mele and mo'olelo.
Louise Aoe McGregor Award recognizes the student director who has made the most significant contribution to the class in organizational ability, leadership, assistance to others and persistence.
Richard Lyman, Jr., ‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award recognizes excellence in the use of the Hawaiian language within a song.
George Alanson Andrus Cup is awarded to the winner of the men’s competition.
New England Mother’s Cup is awarded to the winner of the women’s competition.
Helen Desha Beamer Award recognizes the best musical performance.
Charles E. King Cup is awarded to the winner of the combined class competition.
The Song Contest is unique to Kamehameha—a tradition that has involved all students in musical competition for ninety years. Miss Laura Brown, Director of Music at Kamehameha 1926–1947, stated that "the objectives 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."