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Nā Mele ‘Ohana: The Musical Legacy of Vickie Ii Rodrigues

For some families, music is light entertainment. A radio may play softly in the background during dinner or Sunday chores, and the instruments get dusted off monthly at a backyard pā‘ina. But for others, music is an absolute necessity — a daily ritual. It is history and storytelling. It is expression. It is joy, sadness, pain, comfort, healing. It is land and it is people. It is life. Such was the case for Victoria Keali‘ika‘apunihonua Ii Rodrigues.

Born in 1912 to a deeply musical ‘ohana of talented singers and composers, Aunty Vickie was groomed to master her craft with training beginning at the age of three. Raised by paternal grandparents James Kaihiihikapuokalani Ii and Katherine Lahilahi Stevens Ii, she was carefully taught the songs of Hawai‘i — their lyrics, meanings, composers, and backstories. Whichever family member was teaching her would sing a song three times through. The fourth time, she would join in. By the fifth, the young Vickie would sing alone, an entire song freshly committed to memory and tested for perfection.

Many of the songs taught to Aunty Vickie were classics, well known and often enjoyed by the masses. A good number of them, however, were private family songs — personal accounts of equally personal events that, up until that point, were practically unknown to the general public. With a highly refined memory as her lone tool, Aunty Vickie became a walking repository of song and history and an invaluable resource for lovers of Hawaiian music. It wasn’t until 1949, at the encouragement of a dear friend, that Aunty Vickie began writing down the words and music to these songs so that they would not be lost to her children. In so doing, she created an incomparable archive of mele and saved a number of beloved ancestral treasures from near extinction.

Aunty Vickie’s contributions to Hawaiian music and the community at large as a composer, musician, singer, choreographer, teacher, and translator are immeasurable and her impact long-lasting. Dear friend and Hawaiian historian Jean Kini Sullivan writes:

“And when Vickie Ii Rodrigues sings, you instantly know what Hawaiian music really is … There is no mistaking Vickie’s hand on a guitar, her voice in a song, her style in a hula, her speech in conversation, her very presence in a gathering. When this electrifying lady turns on, so does everyone else. You can almost hear the wicked twinkle in her eye.”

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March 15, 6:30 p.m. — KFVE Broadcast pre-show
March 15, 7:30 p.m. — KFVE Live broadcast
March 22, 6:30 p.m. — KGMB Rebroadcast
March 29, 6:30 p.m. — KFVE Rebroadcast

KFVE viewing: Spectrum subscribers may tune into channel 1022/22, Hawaiian Telcom subscribers may tune into channel 1013/13.


Louise Aoe McGregor Award
Outstanding Student Director
(TIE) Taisamasama Ka‘imina‘auao-Eteuati (junior boys) and Chase Kamikawa (freshmen co-ed)

Richard Lyman, Jr. Trophy
‘Ōlelo Makuahine Award
(TIE) Class of 2019 (senior co-ed) and Women of the Class of 2021 (sophomore women)

George Alanson Andrus Cup
Boys’ Competition Award
Class of 2020 (Juniors), Taisamasama Ka‘imina‘auao-Eteuati (song director)

New England Mothers’ Cup
Girls’ Competition Award
Class of 2021 (Sophomores), Keila Mokulehua (song director)

Helen Desha Beamer Award
Best Musical Performance
Men of the Class of 2020 (junior men)

Charles E. King Cup
Combined Class Award
Class of 2019 (Seniors), Naina Tai Hook (song director)

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Liliko‘i | Boys
Composed by Kalei Aona & Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Nicholas Lum

Makee ‘Ailana | Boys
Composed by James Kaihiihikapuokalani Ii
Arranged by Zachary A. Lum

Kailua | Boys
Composed by Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Bowe M. Souza

Haili | Girls
Music by Madeline K. Lam
Lyrics by Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Kaplai‘ula de Silva

Pua o Kāmakahala | Girls
Composed by Katie Lahilahi Stevens Ii
Arranged by Manu Boyd

Wehiwehi ‘Oe | Girls
Composed by Thomas Sylvester Kalama
Arranged by Zachary A. Lum

Nā Pua o ‘Iolani | Combined
Music by Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Lyrics by Nani Prendergast
Arranged by Matthew Urabe

Lahela Ku‘u Pōki‘i | Combined
Composed by Lovey Lui Conn & Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Justin Kaupu

KHBC | Combined
Composed by Kalei Aona & Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Timothy K. Ho

‘Auli‘ikolomanu | Combined
Composed by Vickie Ii Rodrigues
Arranged by Bailey Matsuda


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.

Want more music from KS Kapālama students? Get ʻUntold’

A group of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama students recently took a collection of original songs to the worldwide stage, bringing their talent to life through an innovative music compilation project. The result was a 17-track album titled “Untold” created solely by students, from performances to production.

The “Untold” CD is available for purchase at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus bookstore, as well as through “Untold” is also available to stream on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Amazon.

Revenue from the sales of the CD will support future projects like this one undertaken by KS Kapālama’s Music and Technology class.