Hoʻokūkū Hīmeni
Class Co-ed Men Women
Seniors Class of 1997
Ka Huliau ʻAna
Juniors Class of 1998
Lei Gardenia
Sophomores Class of 1999
Pehea Hoʻi Au
Kuʻu Pua Lehua
Freshmen Class of 2000 Freshmen do not compete. Freshmen do not compete.
About the Contest
  • March 21, 1997
  • 77th* Annual Song Contest
  • Contest Theme
    Nā Mele Hoʻoheno (A Musical Tradition: Cherished Songs)
  • Hōʻike Theme
    E Māui Ē!
Award Winner
Men Seniors
Women Seniors
Co-ed Seniors
Director Temple Chun (Senior Coed)
Language Senior Coed
Music Senior Coed

Special mass numbers were performed before each competition.

The men from all the classes, including the freshmen, sang "Maikaʻi Ka Makani O Kohala", accompanied by Dennis Kamakahi '71 and son David Kamakahi '98. They were directed by Aaron Akamu '97.

The women from all the classes sang "Makalapua", accompanied by Nā Leo Pilimehana (Nalani Choy '84, Angela Morales '84, Lehua Kalima '84). They were directed by Tara James '97.

The combined classes sang "Pūpū ʻO ʻEwa", accompanied on piano by David Kauahikaua '83. They were directed by Justin Clemente '97.

* From at least the 1960s to 2006, Song Contest numbering was off by 2 years. The 1997 Contest was billed as the "75th Annual", but because the first Song Contest was held in 1921, it should have been the 77th. The numbering was eventually corrected in 2007, and Hoʻokūkū Hīmeni has retroactively applied these corrections to past contests. However, you will see the old, incorrect numbering used in Song Contest publicity materials until 2006.

Competition Order

The men's competition was held first, followed by the women's, and then the co-ed.

Order Men Women Co-ed
1st Sophomores Sophomores Juniors
2nd Juniors Juniors Sophomores
3rd Seniors Seniors Freshmen
4th Seniors

Song Contest 1997 - Hōʻike

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