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KAANAPALI, Molokai, Hawaii (The Maui News, Dec. 16) –– Molokai High School captured the overall and Hawaiian-language awards at Na Mele O Maui Student Song and High School Art Competitions at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on Dec. 3.

Angella Arakaki, a Baldwin High School senior, won the koa "best in show" award plaque for her artwork.

Eighteen schools and more than 900 students competed in the contests, whose theme was " ’O Makou Na Waiho’olu’u O Ke Anuenue – We Are the Colors of the Rainbow."

Established in 1972 for the youth of Maui County, Na Mele O Maui strives to foster education and enlightenment about Hawaii’s heritage.

Maui County classroom singing groups from kindergarten through 12th grade sang traditional Hawaiian songs, a contest number and one of their choice. The competition judges were Uluwehi Guerrero for musical interpretation, Charles Ka’upu for stage presentation and Kaleikoa Ka’eo for Hawaiian language.

Molokai won the overall song trophy and a six-string koa Kamaka ukulele by Sam Kamaka as the Hawaiian-language winner. Teacher Manuwai Peters prepared the 39 competing students.

Judging the art competition were Maui artists Cheryl McElfresh, Thomas Metcalf and Dale Zarrella. The art contest winners’ works were on display last week in the Hyatt lobby.

December 17, 2004

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