Song Contest

This was the first year I wasn’t really “rooting” for anyone; this is the first time I didn’t have a sibling or cousin in Song Contest, but I still decided to watch it anyway. For old time’s sake, I guess. I get a lot of flashbacks when watching this–remembering having to pull out the white mu’u and the tabis, the chaos in the exhibition hall before it starts, the waiting until the end, and then going out for tcby afterwards…it all seems like last year, though, as an alumni notice I just received reminded me, it’s been 15 years. Ack!

What has really changed are the “behind the scenes” things. They make it into such a big production. I don’t remember it being that elaborate…or that LONG…before. Even the Ho’ike is … I don’t know, feels like some Broadway production or something. Everything was a big simpler back then (oh I feel old). But you know what really makes me feel old? I watched the reactions of the winners, and thought OHMYGOSH. Seriously! Man, we were threatened with not being able to graduate if we had brought balloons or noisemakers or anything! I remember the year I was a junior, the seniors had brought balloons and confetti and beach balls…lots of stuff…so when we were seniors, we were threatened with anyone who goes out of control, will be held back from graduation. I remember being told the teachers would be sitting in the audience with the seating chart, and marking down whoever was “acting out” and that person would not be allowed to graduate. And sure enough, when we went to sit down, I remember seeing all of them right in the front row…Mrs. Scafuri, Mrs. Fell, Mrs. Aratani, Mrs. Powers…all sitting there, with something in their laps. And so although we did win (predictably…seniors always won back then), we were pretty well-behaved. So when I see them now…WOW. That’s all I can say. Then I start to feel bad. What do others think about that? Do they see Kamehameha as bad? They obviously didn’t get the whole “you represent Kamehameha” speech that we got every year. It’s just so…different. It really makes me feel like an old fut. Like, tsk tsk, look at how they act. When I was a student… *sigh*

Hmm, I wonder where they keep the balloons? Do they blow them up during Ho’ike?!?! I know we used to smuggle in snacks…we girls would masking-tape the snacks to our legs underneath our mu’u and as soon as the lights go out for Ho’ike, all you’d hear is crinkle-crinkle-crinkle, and then you’d smell the kakimochi wafting through the air. heh, good times.

Anyway, props to the Junior Men. I was very impressed, because He ‘Ono is a tough song, very fast with lots of words that take practice to have it be able to roll off your tongue like that…and I was very impressed with their singing, and I thought they rightly deserved the language award. And yah, Sophomores. Way to go. We were told that we should’ve won sophomore year (though I think everyone is told that…we did lose by only 3 points or something), and again junior year (and this one, I know we lost by only 1 point). So nice to see that it’s not always being “juice” and automatically going to seniors.

One of the things that I was disappointed with was “Ka Na’i Aupuni.” I love that song, but it didn’t come across strong…I don’t know if it’s because the sound was focused on Aunty Leila’s playing of the piano…or just that the students didn’t know the words, so it wasn’t sung as strong (and hey, I can relate. I remember on our mass songs, the Freshmen were always the loudest, because they had only one song to learn, their co-ed song, so they could focus on the other mass songs, whereas the other class had their co-ed song as well as their men/women’s song, so we would focus more on that than the mass songs). However, Ka Na’i Aupuni is such a great song about Kamehameha…and it’s actually quite an easy song (repeats a lot)…that I wish it came across stronger.

It was nice seeing Aunty Leila though…I still remember her “talks” with the class. I thought they were being way too kiss up to her though. And Lilinoe!!! I cannot believe you told her, to her face, at least we can do this “while you’re still alive”!!!! ack! Pehea kela?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

Well, overall…I guess still entertaining, though I think at times it was a bit “too much”…too much of a production. But it did bring back a lot of memories. I especially love hearing I Mua Kamehameha…and the school song, without the screams (another thing we were scolded about…but I guess doesn’t make a difference now)…and wish I could’ve learned those other two songs, the Kamehameha Waltz and the Kamehameha March. It does sort of give you a sense of pride in your school, that I don’t see much in other schools. Which makes me wonder…how many non-alumni or people who have no relatives that go there, actually watch it?

Well, anyways…it is a great source of pride. Though I’m currently perturbed that they did not accept my child into kindergarten, even though she got scored 95 and 94…yet, a co-worker of mine, whose husband works at KS…their daughter, 2 weeks older than mine, got in, and she had scores in the 70s…hmmm…*grumbling*politics*grumbling*…I still feel loyalty and am proud to have attended. I mua, Kamehameha…ho’ike a’e ‘oe, ‘a’ohe lua ou…E ola mau, e Kamehameha.



  1. Brandon Perry Said:


    You do not know me my name is Brandon. My wife
    (Maryann) and i are going to renew our wedding vows on
    Sept 5th and she (as well as myself) are very fond of
    Hawaii. Pretty much everything that has to do with
    Hawaii ie…. culture, food, custom, language just the
    good ol’ Aloha spirit, etc…..Anyway she wants to
    have playing a certain hawaiian song at the renewal.
    I’m not sure if you are familiar with the group (K2
    Kua’ana). They have a album out tittled “Feels like
    home” and there is a certain song which is tittled
    “Lilinoe”. It is such a beautiful song.Just wondering
    if you may happen to know what the words of the song
    translate into english. I know this seems like a
    strange request, being that you have no idea who i am. I am just having a very difficult time finding the lyrics to this song. If someone reads this please get back to me, if you know.

    A Big Mahalo

    Brandon Perry

  2. jaime Said:

    Hey! It’s a year later and I just watched song contest on the internet last friday.. Anyhow, I was just saying hi. I was googling for mrs. scafuri because I was teaching my kid soh-cah-toa and I was telling the story of mrs. scafuri on the skateboard. Surely you remember.

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