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Feel Good Friday – Much Better Than Any Graduation Speech

The 2015 graduating class of Hawaii’s Kahuku High and Intermediate School decided to give their friends and family a treat before they walked across the stage, performing a 10-minute mashup of Top 40 hits. A video description said the students learned the number — which features parts of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Silento’s “Watch Me” — in just two days.

The performance ends with a thumping rendition of the “Kaipahua Kura,” the school’s own “haka,” or war dance, inspired by New Zealand’s Maori people.

“We do the haka as a form of respect usually before football or rugby games here in Hawaii,” Lisiate Tovo, one of the seniors.

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  • Puzzled June 5, 2015, 5:34 am

    Now that’s a celebration!

  • just4kicks June 5, 2015, 6:46 am

    That. Was. AWESOME!!!!
    Thanks for posting! 🙂

  • Michelle June 5, 2015, 9:50 am

    Very cool. Nice to see the seniors having fun at graduation.

  • Ashley June 5, 2015, 11:20 am

    My school was too large to have anything like this. We actually had to have two graduating ceremonies, that’s how many students our school(s) had. The school has always had a really great band so we had some sweet tunes though.

    Also, can I just say, I love watching hakas? Idk why, I have no connection to that culture at all, but the emotion that’s put out in a haka is just so powerful, I love it.

  • bern821 June 5, 2015, 12:41 pm

    AMAZING! What a beautiful celebration – I can’t believe they pulled that together so quickly!

  • Mustard June 5, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Brilliant; follow that, class of 2016!

  • magicdomino June 7, 2015, 3:20 pm

    Heckavalot more impressive than my boring high school graduation.

  • Mamaof 3 June 8, 2015, 4:14 pm

    This made ma tear up a bit. So much school pride!

  • don't blink June 10, 2015, 5:56 pm

    I LOVED this!!!!!

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