‘Final Countdown’ brings bittersweet emotions at senior ball


Photo by Maile Sur

Mele AhYou, Mitchel Dutro, Lucas Park and Emma Yen arrive dressed in formal spy-theme dress at Final Countdown, the senior ball, last night, April 5, 2014, at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

The seniors dined and danced at their last formal social event, the Senior Ball, last night at King Kamehameha Golf Club.

Decorations were James Bond inspired, with black tie swag bags, cards and diamonds around the center, and the students were referred to as “agents.”

“It’s a James Bond-super-spy-Austin Powers theme,” said class adviser Ms. Kalena Laepa’a.

The theme was chosen by the senior class officers because they “wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before,” she said.

Food was catered by the King Kamehameha Golf Club  and included a buffet of salad, noodles, prime rib, fish, chicken, and steamed vegetables. For dessert, there was an assortment of pies.

Music played throughout dinner, and once everyone was done, the lights went off and the dancing began.

Though at first the floor was empty and the dancing was off to a slow start, it eventually filled up. The DJ played favorite songs and also songs by request.

Once the dance floor was crowded, it stayed that way until the very last song.

The theme of the night was “The Final Countdown,” referring to the seniors’ countdown to graduation.

“It’s bittersweet,” said senior class president Shaina Hipolito. “I’m happy that it’s over with, but it’s kind of sad because it’s our last one.”

With only a couple of months left until the end of the school year, and, of course, graduation, it was an enjoyable night for all. As the “final countdown” to graduation begins, this is one event the seniors can check off their lists. Graduation, here they come!

“Sending off my babies!… It’s going to be hard,” Ms. Laepa’a said. “I’m going to miss this class a lot.”