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Rock Opera Tells Story of Election Contest Between Kalākaua and Emma

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi announces their upcoming hōʻike, Kū I Ka Mana, which will share the drama and political intrigue behind the election of 1874 between King David Kalākaua and Queen Emma Rooke, as the death of King William Charles Lunalilo left the Kingdom of Hawai‘i without an appointed successor to the throne.

Two shows are open to the public—Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, 2018, at 6 p.m. in Koaiʻa Gymnasium on the KS Hawaiʻi campus. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase online, at the door on the night of the performance, or at the high school office or Student Activities Center after school from 3 to 4 p.m. on school days.

Funds raised from hōʻike assist students with travel costs for participation in worldwide events, including performances at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kū I Ka Mana dramatizes in music and dance the events leading up to the election of 1874 after the death of William Charles Lunalilo left the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi without an appointed successor to the throne.

In the running are Queen Emma, beloved by the people, and the charismatic David Kalākaua. In this telling, Bernice Pauahi Bishop also considers being part of the election, having second thoughts about having refused the crown when offered to her by Lot (Kamehameha V) before his death. The results of the election would have lasting repercussions on the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, setting the stage for many of the events that have shaped the history of the state.

Kū I Ka Mana will be presented as a rock opera in two acts with libretto by theater Kumu Eric Stack and music by Choir Director Herb Mahelona. The entire production is designed around a Steampunk theme in keeping with the genre of music. The production will be presented in English and Hawaiian.

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i High School presents its hōʻike annually in the spring as an all-school event. All high school students participate in the production as actors, dancers, musicians or crew. This year, the production will also feature the KSH Elementary School Keiki Choir and the Mamalahoe Chapter of the Kamehameha Alumni Chorus.

All hōʻike productions focus on some aspect of Hawaiian history or culture presented to the public with the goal to educate our haumāna and to share with the community. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate Hawaiian culture, history and language and to instill pride and appreciation for things Hawaiian.

Update: KSBE Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir Southern California Tour

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Keiki Choir and Middle School Band will be in Southern California making some public appearances.  Here is the updated schedule of public appearances.  Note time changes:

Disney Flier

Hayden Meets Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and is Recognized at the State Capital

Today at the Hawaii State Capital building auditorium, kids from around the State were recognized for their winning artwork for the art that has hung in the State Capital for “Youth Art Month” sponsored by the Hawaii Art Education Association.

Five kids from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus were selected to go over there today based on judges decision on who’s art was the best in each class and the judges selected my son!

Hayden with his art piece "Kaleidoscope of Planets"

Hayden with his art piece “Kaleidoscope of Planets”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is back from Washington D.C. and she was the person that presented the awards.

Hayden and Tulsi Kneeling

Congresswoman Gabbard Congratulates Hayden before the ceremony begins

I knew that my son was getting awarded along with all the other kids that were there… but I was even more surprised that his artwork was considered “TOP TEN” in the STATE!

Hayden got a special certificate for being "Top Ten" according to the judges.

Hayden got a special certificate for being “Top Ten” according to the judges.

Congratulations to all the kids that were recognized today.  Of course I’m especially proud of my son!

Who's the bigger poser?

Who’s the bigger poser?

Mahalo to Congresswoman Gabbard for taking the time to take some pictures with him.

Saturday – 2nd Annual Kipimana Cup

W.H. Shipman, Ltd., (WHS) in concert with Keaau and Kamehameha-Hawaii High Schools will kick off the 2nd annual Kipimana Cup Saturday, August 25, to support Keaau area high school athletics.

The Kipimana Cup

The cup will be presented to the winner of a goodwill football game between Kamehameha and Keaau High Schools at Kamehameha’s home field. The JV game starts at 1 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

“Last year’s games were a huge success,” said Bill Walter, president of WHS.  “I enjoy seeing the team camaraderie and community members coming together to celebrate the area with a friendly game of football.  W.H. Shipman is proud to be a longstanding part of Keaau–a truly great place to live and work.”

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus opened on former WHS land in 2001 and serves approximately 1,120 keiki, grades K-12, and their familes from Waimea to Waiohinu.  Keaau High School serves approximately 950 keiki in grades 9-12 and their families.  It opened in 1998 on land that was also once owned by the WHS Estate.

“Kipimana” is how Hawaiians referred to WHS more than 100 years ago, and the name is used today as a street name in the Keaau area.

WHS will award $500 to the booster club of each school.  Last year, Kamehameha Schools won bragging rights and the inaugural Kipimana Cup over Keaau with a final score of 36-21.

WHS, part of the East Hawaii business community for 130 years, has 17,000 acres in the Puna District and is engaged in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing.  As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view to sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate – Hawaii Campus 2011 Summer School Open House – Hayden Shines!

Today was Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Hawaii Campus 2011 summer school open house.

My son showed me some of the stuff that he was learning in the classroom before the day actually began.

Once all the kids arrived, it was time to head out to meet the other 2nd grade classes for the morning “oli” or Hawaiian for prayer.

My son told me he had a surprise for me… and it turned out that he was selected to lead the morning “Oli”.

Here is a short video of him leading the classes:


After the morning Oli was done, the parents watched a slide show of pictures from the events that the kids had been doing.

The parents then were treated to four performances in the schools cafeteria.

And here is the clip of the second grade performance:


For those that don’t know… my son was fortunate enough to be one of forty kindergartners to get selected go to this school a couple years ago after almost a year of testing and application procedures.  Normally the summer school programs are set aside for students that aren’t accepted into KSBE on a regular basis so I feel very fortunate that he’s getting summer school provided for him as well!

KSBE Hawaii 2011 Spring Concert

The kids of KSBE Hawaii Elementary School put on their annual spring concert on Friday night to a packed cafeteria.

The theme was Disney related so all of the songs came from Disney movies.

My sons class sang “I’ve Got No Strings to Hold Me Down” from Pinocchio


and “Never Smile at a Crocodile” from Peter Pan.


The highlight of the night came at the end when the 5th graders performed!


My Son Earns Citizen of the Month at KSBE Hawaii Campus

I’m so proud of my son for earning the “Citizen of the Month” for the month of January at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus!

The teacher got the date wrong on the luncheon though... will have to get that figured out