KS Maui announces ‘Aha Mele results

With more than 1,500 people in attendance, Kamehameha Schools Maui High School held its 17th annual ‘Aha Mele competition on May 3 at the Ka’ulaheanuiok-amoku Gymnasium on the Pukalani campus. ‘Aha Mele is the KS Maui song competition.

This year’s theme, “Ka Haku Mele,” celebrates Hawaiian music composers who have received the Na Hoku Hanohano Haku Mele award for Best Hawaiian Song Composition in this century.

Taking home the coveted “Ka Maka o Ka Ihe — The Point of the Spear” Award for highest combined score was the Senior Class with their performance of “Ku’u Hoa Hi’ikua,” composed by Kalehua Krug and arranged by Dale Nitta.

Other results:

• Ka Hulu Kupuna Award (excellence in use of Hawaiian Language): Senior Class.

• Ka Malu o ‘A’apueo Award (best combined performance between men and women): Na Wahine.

• Ka Lei a Pauahi (outstanding student director): Senior Brennan Mendez.

This year’s panel of judges included KS Kapalama graduates ‘Iliahi Parades (class of ’92), Napua Grieg (class of ’92) and Papaikani’au Kai’anui. Paredes and Grieg are renowned Hawaiian musicians and kumu hula. Kai’anui is a professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

” ‘Aha Mele celebrates our culture and language, as well as the hard work of our haumana, faculty, staff and parents,” KS Maui Po’o Kula Scott Parker said. “Competition aside, the underlying victory is the strengthened connection each student makes with their Hawaiian culture and the opportunity they now have to share that with the rest of the world.”