Freshmen celebrate ‘Hollywood Style’


Photo by Maile Sur

Blayde Demello watches the slide show at the Freshman Banquet ‘Hollywood Style’ on January 31, 2015 at Keʻeaumokupāpaʻiaheahe Dining Hall.

By Maile Sur, news editor

The freshman class of 2018 celebrated their freshman banquet ‘Hollywood Style’ at Keʻeaumokupāpaʻiaheahe Dining Hall last night, January 31, 2015.

The theme of the night was voted on by the class, beating out other favorites such as ‘Masquerade’ and ‘City Lights,’ and Gabrielle Constantino brought the theme to life with her decorations. The ceiling was full of stars, film reels were posted all over the room, and a white and gold Hollywood sign stood next to the red-carpeted entrance.

“Oh my gosh! I feel like I’m in Hollywood!” said Ms. Kathleen Frampton, Class of 2018 adviser.

And with freshman stars making their high school banquet debut by walking down the red carpet, how could you not?

Pukalani Superette catered the event with favorites such as chicken katsu, breaded teriaki, noodles, rice, and Caesar salad, but the goodies didn’t stop there. A popcorn station was open all night with condiments such as mochi crunch, M&M’s and licorice.

“I like food, and there was really good food,” Kahopewai Mateaki said.

To top it off, Krispy Kreme donuts, Oreo cookies, creme puffs, and chocolate-covered strawberries (some wrapped in chocolate tuxedos) from the Tamashiro family were among the desserts.

To start off the night, Next Level Entertainment hosted a series of games including ‘Name That Tune,’ ‘Word Trivia,’ ‘Musical Chairs Scavenger Hunt,’ and an inventive game of basketball using only the hips.

The ultimate champion was Talia Leauanae, who faced off against Shaina Uyechi in the final.

While others dined and danced, guests posed for fun photos in a photo booth owned and operated by one of KS Maui’s own, Brenden Uemura-Asao (ʻ14). His company today is Brenden’s Graphics and Photography. Students can either print, email, or post their film strips of four poses to Facebook.

Once the music was on and people took to the dance floor. the class danced to all of the newest hits such as ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Shake it Off,’ but ended the night off with a group dance to ‘Electric Slide.’

“I hope they had fun and bonded a little more,” Ms. Frampton said. “Hopefully this night brought them together.”