One Voice

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00pm

Joshua "Baba" Tavares, class of 2008 boys' competition director

Pacific Islanders in Communications

Delight in a song contest in which 2000 students sing in the Hawaiian language using four-part harmony. 

In support of the public media initiative to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success, WXXI presents One Voice, airing Friday, September 28 at 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 9:00 PM on WXXI-World (DT21.2/cable 524).

One Voice is a documentary film that tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Every year in Hawai‘i, 2000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. The Contest is a unique cultural celebration that has become a major local event, broadcasted live on TV, played on the radio, and streamed on the Internet.

One Voice shares the thrill of the competition via the personal stories of the student song directors as they experience the trials and tribulations of competition in this annual high school event. Following the elected student song directors, the audience sees how the tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride, and builds character. The film also explores their world outside of school by meeting their families, or ‘ohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Through the stories and lives of these contemporary high school students, the audience will experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished, and grown through the universal power of music and song.

Local support for the American Graduate Initiative and this broadcast is made possible by Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, preparing students for graduation, college, and a career.