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42nd Annual Nā Mele O Maui 2015 Results

November 26, 2015, 9:20 AM HST (Updated December 1, 2015, 4:27 PM) · 3 Comments
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Kamehameha Schools Maui ʻŌpio Division (Grades 9-12) took top honors at the 42nd Annual Nā Mele O Maui Song Competition held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.  Capturing the highest score to win the Overall Award in addition to the Hawaiian Language Award and first place in the ʻOpio Division, the 9-12 grade Kamehameha Schools Maui students sang the division song, Ka Lehua ʻUla and their choice song, Waika.

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    Nā Mele O Maui 2015: Song Competition Results

    Overall Winner: Kamehameha Schools Maui ʻOpio Division 9-12
    Competition Song: Ka Lehua ʻUla
    Choice Song: Waika
    Teachers: Dale Nitta and Kalei ʻAʻarona-Lorenzo

    Hawaiian Language Winner – Kamehameha Schools Maui ʻOpio Division 9-12
    Competition Song: Ka Lehua ʻUla
    Choice Song: Waika
    Teachers: Dale Nitta and Kalei ʻAʻarona-Lorenzo

    Division I (Grades K-1) Contest Song – He Wahine Uʻi

    1st Place: Emmanuel Lutheran. Andrea Kaio. Old Plantation

    2nd Place:  Pukalani Elementary. Debbie Hisashima. ʻUlupalakua

    Division II (Grades 2-3) Contest Song – Nā Pua Lei ʻIlima

    1st: Princess Nahiʻenaʻena. Lori Kaufman. Lei ʻOhu

    2rd Place: Kahului Elementary.  Koren Sim & Many Kaya. Lei Hinahina

    Division III (Grades 4-5) Contest Song – Kilakila O Maui

    1st Place: Kamehameha Maui. Dane Lum Ho. Kīpahulu

    2nd Place: Princess Nahiʻenaʻena. Sham Vierra & Kalele Kekauoha-Schultz. He Nani Mokihana

    Division IV (Grades 6-8) Contest Song – Aloha Kauaʻi

    1st Place: Kamehameha Schools Maui. Leimamo Nitta. Kauaʻi Beauty

    ‘Opio Division (Grades 9-12) Contest Song – Ka Lehua ʻUla

    1st: Kamehameha Maui. Dale Nitta & Kalei ʻAʻarona-Lorenzo. Waika

    Nā Mele O Maui 2015: Art Competition Results

    Best of Show: Gunnar Turnball, Baldwin High School (Senior) / $100

    Two-Dimensional Artwork / Division I – Grades 9 and 10

    First Place – $100
    Kerisyn Gilbert
    Division I, Grade 9
    Kamehameha Schools Maui
    Teacher: Angie Abe

    Second Place – $75
    Kyana Nagasato
    Division I, Grade 10
    Kamehameha Schools Maui
    Teacher: Angie Abe

    Third Place – $50
    Puili Villanueva
    Division I, Grade 9
    Kamehameha Schools Maui
    Teacher: Angie Abe

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    Two-Dimensional Artwork / Division II – Grades 11 and 12

    First Place – $100
    Oriana Buika
    Ephemeral Allure, Lasting Sentiment
    Acrylic paint on wood
    Senior, Baldwin High School
    Teacher: Janet Sato

    Second Place – $75
    Sabrina Nassar
    Pele’s Revenge
    Mixed Media
    Senior, Baldwin High School
    Teacher: Janet Sato

    Third Place – $50
    Ashlynn Lauer
    Nā Wahine
    Watercolor
    Senior, Baldwin High School
    Teacher: Janet Sato

    Three-Dimensional Artwork / Division II – Grades 11 and 12

    First Place – $100
    Gunnar Turnball
    Burgeon
    Ohia Wood
    Senior, Baldwin High School
    Teacher: Janet Sato

    Second Place – $75
    Kanilea Nomura
    Silversword
    Junior, Kamehameha Schools Maui
    Teachers: Angie Abe

    Third Place – $50
    Haleigh Berko
    Lahainaluna High School
    Teacher: Jennifer Valenzuela

    Sponsored by Kāʻanapali Beach Resort, Maui’s only county wide Hawaiian song and art competition is dedicated to cultural preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian mele, language and arts.

    “It was fabulous, wonderful to listen to, a joy to see, and I commend all the adults that support the children,” said Hōkūlani Holt, overall judge. “It (Nā Mele O Maui and singing Hawaiian songs) is who we are.”

    “It was beautiful to hear the language of our kupuna being sung by the next generation,” said Pōmaikaʻi Krueger, language judge.

    “They came very well prepared,” said Reiko NāLei Fukino, music judge. “Having judged for many years I was really surprised by the students in the K-1 Division. They were strong, they did really well, it was a great improvement.”

    “Nā Mele O Maui offers Maui keiki an opportunity to learn different mele, as well as proper pronunciation of Hawaiian language in song, Hawaiian culture and they become more self confident too,” said Charlene Kaʻuhane, president, Nā Mele O Maui.

    Classes from kindergarten to grade twelve participate in the song competition. Each class is required to perform two songs in Hawaiian. The first is the Contest Song chosen by the committee to fit the theme; there is a different song for each grade division. The second song is a Choice Song selected by participating classes to reflect the theme.

    Classroom choirs are judged on musical competence, language proficiency and interpretation, stage presence, and all-around enthusiasm.

    Prizes were awarded based on overall scores within grade level divisions. A combination of scores for the two songs determined the winner in each grade division and the overall winner of the entire competition.

    Winning artwork by Maui High School students was presented and student artists were given cash prizes as part of the event. Art by Gunnar Turnball, senior, Baldwin High School was selected Best of Show and First Place in the Division II, Two-Dimensional Art category for the 2015 Nā Mele O Maui Student Art Competition.

    Nā Mele O Maui continues through generous community support from the Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association, AKAKŪ Maui Media, Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association – Maui Region, Mele ʻUkulele, and the many volunteers.

    Akakū will air the 42nd Annual Nā Mele O Maui Song Competition on Christmas Day.

    Kahului Elementary at Nā Mele O Maui 2015.

    Kahului Elementary at Nā Mele O Maui 2015.

    Kamehameha ʻŌpio Division.

    Kamehameha ʻŌpio Division.

    Kamehameha 4-5.

    Kamehameha 4-5.

    Pōmaikaiʻi Elementary School, grades 4-5 perform with sign language.

    Pōmaikaiʻi Elementary School, grades 4-5 perform with sign language.

    Pōmaikaiʻi Elementary School, grades 4-5 perform with sign language.

    Pōmaikaiʻi Elementary School, grades 4-5 perform with sign language.

    Emmanuel Lutheran Division III, grades 4-5.

    Emmanuel Lutheran Division III, grades 4-5.

    Pomaikaʻi Krueger, Hokūlani Holt, and Reiko Fukino and Daryl Fujiwara flank representatives from Kamehameha Schools Maui ʻOpio Division / Grades 9-12, Hawaiian Language, Overall and ʻOpio Division Winners. Photo credit: Steve Brinkman Photography

    Pomaikaʻi Krueger, Hokūlani Holt, and Reiko Fukino and Daryl Fujiwara flank representatives from Kamehameha Schools Maui ʻOpio Division / Grades 9-12, Hawaiian Language, Overall and ʻOpio Division Winners. Photo credit: Steve Brinkman Photography

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