Spring concert wows, Pellazar rocks

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Photo by Kalani Ruidas

Mason-Mahoe Pellazar entrances the audience with his flamboyant performance March 8 at Keōpūolani Hale for the Annual Spring Concert.

By Kalani Ruidas, Features co-editor

Senior Mason-Mahoe Pellazar stole the show last night at the KSM High School Academy of Arts and Communications Annual Spring Concert.

The concert featured talented students from Mr. Dale Nitta’s chorus class, Kumu Henohea Kāne’s Papa Hula, Mr. Siuai Laufou’s pop rock band and Kumu Kalei ʻAʻarona-Lorenzo’s ʻukulele classes and Hawaiian ensemble. The Nā Mele choir, under the direction of Kumu Kalei and Mr. Nitta, also participated.

Hawaiian ensemble and Papa Hula incorporated two multi-cultural numbers in their performance. They sang and danced Kuana Torres’s Nā Vaqueros along with the crowd pleaser, Te Tama Maohi.

The chorus sang along to familiar favorites such as Bob Russell and Bobby Scott’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and Journey’s Faithfully. They also collaborated with pop rock band for All Day Music, Don’t Stop Believin’ and September.

Kumu Kalei said she was pleased with the turnout of at least 200 people and that she was pleasantly surprised with the cohesiveness and flow of the final production.

“Preparing for the spring concert is madness. It can be so chaotic with so many performers. There are pieces of equipment to be accounted for and there are so many details of who needs to be where and who’s performing what. Today [March 9] was the first time we were able to bring all of the classes together for a sound check,” she said.

One of the night’s standouts was Pellazar’s solo performances in Don’t Stop Believin’ and All Day Music. The crowd was especially captivated by his bold stage presence and charisma.

“In class, he doesn’t say much, but everyone knows Mason loves to sing. I was proud of Mason for breaking out. I think a lot of people came away from it with the same kind of feeling that I did. Like, ‘Yeah, right on, Mason. Right on,’” Kumu Kalei said.

Several students said that Pellazar’s performance was their favorite part of the night.

“If there was an award for most awesome performer, I think it would go to Mason,” Junior Iwalani Kaaa said.

In their final hoorah for the quarter, the performing arts classes put on an exciting show, enjoyed by all those in attendance.