Louise Aoe McGregor Award
Outstanding Student Director
Richard Lyman, Jr. Trophy
‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award (tie)
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
He Lei No Pauahi
Combined Class Competition
Presentation of Awards
Ka waiho‘olu‘u o nā papa
Seniors: poni, purple;
Juniors: ‘ula‘ula, red;
Sophomores: melemele, yellow;
Freshmen: ‘ōma‘oma‘o, green
On November 4, 1887, opening ceremonies were held for the Kamehameha School for Boys which was located at Kaiwi‘ula, Kapālama where the Bishop Museum still stands today. Followed by the Preparatory School in 1888 and the School for Girls in 1894, Kamehameha was affectionately described as Ku‘u Home Ho‘ona‘auao, “My home of learning,” by the scores of young Hawaiians who entered its halls eager to learn, and who departed as good and industrious men and women.
Much has happened in a hundred and twenty-five years. Today, some 6,000 young Hawaiians attend programs at three campuses located on different islands, with some 45,000 Hawaiian learners receiving educational services throughout the community. Supporting this tremendous educational legacy is a significant land legacy consisting of over 345,000 acres. The inter-relationship of people and land — of kānaka and ‘āina — is fundamental to Hawaiian identity and central in Hawaiians’ worldview.
For this year’s competition, some of Hawai‘i’s most accomplished musicians and composers have created musical ho‘okupu to celebrate Pauahi’s lands and the vibrant communities that call them home.
In this light, the 92nd Annual Song Contest is proud to highlight the overall theme of the Kamehameha Schools 125th Anniversary Celebration: Ho‘ōla Lāhui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Āina — Vibrant People, Thriving Lands.
This year’s Hō‘ike explores the contemplations of Princess Pauahi in the days leading up to the signing of her Will. Today, over a hundred and twenty-five years later, the dreams and aspirations of Native Hawaiians are being realized each and everyday due to Pauahi’s act of compassion and chiefly benevolence - ‘Ōpū Ali‘i — and the humble stroke of a pen.
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-two 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.”