Junior class celebrates their “Silver Linings” at prom


Photo by Jaylin Kekiwi

The junior class of 2015 mingles outside on the balcony of the Kamehameha Golf Course, where their prom was held on March 29, 2014.

By Jaylin Kekiwi, editor

After weeks of preparation from asking dates with creative Promposals to finding the perfect dress for the evening, Kamehameha Schools Maui’s class of 2015 celebrated their junior prom at the King Kamehameha Golf Course on March 29, 2014, by looking for the “Silver Linings.”

“[Our theme] isn’t because of the movie [Silver Lining’s Playbook]. It means looking back on life, making memories, and making the best of it,” junior class president Shai Ibara said.

The young women dressed in flashy dresses while the men looked sharp in tuxedos and suits. The theme’s meaning proved to be true for the night, as several students documented and made their prom memories at the Nagamine Studios picture-taking station with their dates, while the less formal photo booth in which students could dress up with eccentric accessories was also available nearby.

The room was decorated in silver, with hints of the class’s signature color, purple. Favors on the tables included chocolates and disposable cameras, the second of which proved to be fun for everyone, as people were snapping pictures all night.

After the juniors and their guests got settled, emcees Kelia Nesmith and Iotana Tua welcomed everyone with promises of fun throughout the night. Ibara said a few words as well before sending everyone off to the buffet for dinner.

Once the majority of people were done eating, the juniors of the What’s Up Warriors crew showed what they had been working on – a fun, short prom broadcast featuring several of the junior class and even a music video to Bruno Mars’s The Lazy Song.

Then came awards (see the accompanying video). The juniors voted on which students would fit several categories best. These categories ranged from “Beach Bums” (won by ʻIlima Fisher and Imaikalani DeVault) to “Most Clueless” (won by Buddy Santos and Kristian Rosete). Prom King and Queen were Kyle Fushikoshi-Wago and Daisy Draper.

After the awards ceremony, students were free to lounge around or dance with their dates and friends.

“It looks like everyone’s having a lot of fun,” Ibara said. “Everything [the awards ceremony and the broadcast] pumped everyone up and now they’re dancing, so everyone’s enjoying themselves,” she said.