(Hawaii News Now) Kamehameha students eager and excited on the eve of 99th annual Song Contest

Kamehameha students eager and excited on the eve of 99th annual Song Contest

(Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – It’s the day before the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest — a longstanding island tradition 99 years old.

Proudly wearing their class colors of red, purple, green and gray, the high school students of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama assembled at the Blaisdell Arena Thursday for one last chance to fine-tune their songs.

Nina Rapozo stands alongside her brother before speaking to students during rehearsal about the legacy of their mother, Vickie Ii Rodrigues.
Nina Rapozo stands alongside her brother before speaking to students during rehearsal about the legacy of their mother, Vickie Ii Rodrigues.

“Very excited, a little bit nervous,” senior Women’s Song Leader Nadia Pagdilao said when asked how she was feeling ahead of the big competition. “The girls have been working really hard, so I’m really excited to see what we’re going to do tomorrow.”

Each year, the classes come out fighting with their best melodies and smooth harmonies in hopes of earning ultimate bragging rights — and the coveted school trophies.

This year’s theme is Na Mele Ohana, The Music and Legacy of Vickie Ii Rodrigues, a beloved musician, kumu hula and all around entertainer.

“Because of her love of the mele and the hula, that’s why we’re here today,” Rodrigues’ daughter, Nina Kealiiwahamana Rapozo said.

“I cannot wait to hear the singing because mother and grandparent’s first love was choral signing – not just solo singing or being a star of the show or anything – it was choral music. So this is like a true dream come true for all of us,” Rapozo added.

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