*Yup – I’m in love with the 2015 graduating class of Kahuku High School and Intermediate School in Hawaii.
Graduating seniors celebrated the end of their four-year journey with a visually intoxicating performance medley of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and Silento’s “Watch Me.”
The viral video includes sensational dance moves, the “Nae Nae” and the “whip” to Silento’s song, “Watch Me.”
The performance ends with an amazing rendition of the “Kaipahua Kura,” the school’s own “haka,” or war dance, inspired by New Zealand’s Maori people.
The entire performance is 10 minutes long, and worth the watch. I live for the wrecking ball moment at 4:53.
“We do the haka as a form of respect usually before football or rugby games here in Hawaii,” Lisiate Tovo, one of the seniors, told BuzzFeed News. He said the school’s personalized haka mentions the “Red Raiders,” the school’s mascot.
Tovo said the graduation dance is a tradition at the school, and the class learned the routine in two days. He said some local Kahuku alumni, the Fonoimoana family, came up with the routine and helped the students learn it.
“Honestly the experience truly was amazing,” he said, “Leaving high school with a bang and the best part is enjoying the moment with (all my) classmates.”
Video of the performance was posted to YouTube May 29th and has since been watched over 1 million times.
The haka’s chorus translates to, “Who are we? We are the Red Raiders,” according to a website associated with the school’s athletic teams.
Kahuku High and Intermediate School is known as “The Pride of the North Shore” – and serves approximately 1600 students in grades 7 through 12, according to the school’s website.
Congratulations to the class of 2015 at Kahuku High! Your tradition rocks!