Sources: Daily Mail | ET |All Things Michael
Graduation is a fairly unforgettable experience to begin with – and a Hawaii high school decided to take that quite a few steps further.
Dance steps, that is.
The class of 2015 at Kahuku High and Intermediate School – on the North Shore of Oahu – put on quite a song and dance at their memorial ceremony, and now the video has gone viral.
The well-choreographed performance featured a medley of hip hop and pop hits – from Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ to Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’, ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus and ‘ABC 123’ by the Jackson Five – and went for almost 10 minutes.
According to the video description ‘they performed the ‘Kaipahua Kura’ which is their very own ‘Haka’ or ‘war dance’ from the Maori people of New Zealand’.
Everything is par for the course until the students start rhythmically swaying in the bleachers. Then they break into a version of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” with the lyrics changed to thank their parents and teachers.
Then Jackson 5’s “ABC” kicks in and the dance party really gets going:
They do some “Uptown Funk” and a little Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”:
And get things real turnT with the whip, the nae-nae, and the stanky leg:
It ends with a traditional haka or “war dance,” inspired by the Maori people of New Zealand and created specifically for the Kahuka Red Raiders by a Maori cultural specialist.
“Ko Wai Matou? Kaipāhua Kura” translates to “Who are we? We are the Red Raiders” with other lyrics saying, “We are unified we are one / For our families and Community (Who have been through much) / We will stand as Warriors (For them) / We will stand Brave.” (You can read more about the haka here.)
Oh, and they learned the entire thing in just two days.
No wonder the Kahuku class of 2015 is so proud of themselves: