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Pomaikai school releases music video on Earth Day

A music video created by Pomaikai Elementary students and staff was released on Earth Day on April 22.

The video features an original composition and compares students to a plant in a garden, a school news release said earlier this month.

The music video features the staff lip-syncing, dancing and acting to lyrics and music they composed two years earlier for the school’s 10-year celebration of being an arts integrated school. Pomaikai Elementary is the first arts integrated school in Hawaii and teaches reading and math through the arts.

“E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai” was written by staff and guided by teaching artist Melinda Carroll with the hopes and dreams for their students. The metaphor that the staff are the gardeners and the children are the plants was the premise of this songwriting project with the nonprofit Friends of Pomaika’i, the news release said.

“Even though school is physically closed for the year, we wanted to give hope, joy and unity to our community that we’re here for them,” said Kate Welch, arts integration coordinator.

“As a society, together we are going through a huge change in our daily lives,” said student services coordinator Leni Tanaka. “As Pomaikai staff, we needed to think of creative ways to continue to reach out to our families. Although this is a ‘new norm’ for all of us, we are all in this together.”

The song follows:

Your beautiful wildness feeds

my na’au,

Your heart and spirit

makes me breathe,

I whisper softly to the seeds

in my hand,

As I lay them gently to the ground.

Grow, stay rooted

As you reach with humble strength

Find those places deep inside

E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai

Build your foundation,

nurture your dreams,

Take what you need until you bloom,

The journey may not go

as you planned,

Onipa’a, see it through.

Grow, stay rooted

As you reach with humble strength

Find those places deep inside

E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai

Ho mai ka ‘ike ‘ike papalua e

Ho mai ka i’ini i’ini papalua e

Ho mai ka mana mana papalua e

Ho mai, Ho mai, Ho mai ka papalua e

Grow, stay rooted

As you reach with humble strength

Find those places deep inside

E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai

E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai

E Ku’u Mala ‘Ai

E ‘Ola

To download this song and the rest of the students’ work, go to music.apple. com/us/album/songs-for-change/1375295721 and music.apple. com/us/album/keiki-songs-for-change-kahoolawe/1464368474.

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