The Black and Gold 1977Music groups intensify cultural, aesthetic atmosphere at MHS
Contributing to the cultural and aesthetic atmosphere at McKinley, the McKinley Choir provided the students the opportunity to participate in a choral performing group.
Under the leadership of Miss Puanani Howell, the choir performed an assortment of music from different periods in history covering various styles - folk, popular, gospel, patriotic, Hawaiian and accompanied as well as a capella.
The MHS Choir has participated in school assemblies such as Aloha Week, Black and Gold Day, Spring Concert, and May Day. Not limited to only school performances, the group has gone out into the community to the Ilikai Hotel, Pearlridge, and Ala Moana's Liberty House to entertain.
Other community outings included various performances at Kapiolani Bandstand, and at McKinley's feeder schools.
Motivating spirit at pep rallies and football games, the McKinley High School Band was the largest organization on campus. Composed of three performing bands, Wind Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble II, and Symphonic I, they performed at school and community functions. During the Thanksgiving holidays, members became "Santa's little helpers" by entertaining the shoppers at Ala Moana Center.
A Pops Concert for fellow students on November 19, a winter concert on February 5 and the Troika concert on March 19, helped to express their motto, "Our Music Begins With Feeling."
A trip to Hawaii and Maui was on of significance for all, for they became closer to one another. They gave performances at various schools and shopping centers during their visit on both islands. Upon their return to Honolulu, members were chosen for the Select Band on the basis of achievement and talent. In April, the three bands participated in the Parade of Bands at McKinley and competed in the Hawaiian Festival of Music Band Contest at the Waikiki Shell. They were advised by Mr. Grant Okamura and Mr. Henry Miyamura.
McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017