"Ka Maka o Ka Ihe - The Point of the Spear," was presented to the senior class following the annual Kamehameha Schools Maui High School 'Aha Mele on April 17.
This year's panel of judges rated the students on their musical talent and overall performance.
The language criteria include pronunciation and enunciation, and the music criteria included pitch, rhythm, harmony and interpretation.
Vice Principal Leo Delatori ties the winning class color on the ihe as high school Principals Lance Cagasan (holding the ihe) and Jay-R Kaawa (middle) look on. The ihe was crafted by Warren Hitz, former high school principal. It is made of koa and required 70 hours of work.
Kamehameha Schools Maui / LOKELANI PATRICK photo
This was the third win for the Class of 2014, which won previously in 2011 and 2012. The seniors sang "Ka Huliau 'Ana," composed by Palani Vaughn, arranged by Kamuela Fong and led by student director Madison Vaught.
The freshman class sang "Holo Wa'apa," composed by Lena Machado and arranged by Dale Nitta. The freshman song director was Mariana Kaniho. The sophomore class sang "Ka'aahi Kahului," composed by Vaughn and arranged by Nitta. The sophomore song director was Mauliola Gonsalves.
The junior class sang "Model T - Holoholo Ka'a," composed by Keli'i Tau'a and Clarence Kinney and arranged by Nitta. The junior class song director was Issac Kala.
The 'Aha Mele is coordinated by the Kawehionalani Arts & Communications Academy and was attended by more than 2,000 parents and ohana.