Breaking News Bar
posted: 4/10/2013 1:44 PM

Palatine High School choir performs in Hawaii

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • The Palatine High School choir visits Pearl Harbor during its spring break trip to Hawaii.

      The Palatine High School choir visits Pearl Harbor during its spring break trip to Hawaii.
    Courtesy District 211

  • During the school choir's spring break trip to Hawaii, Palatine High School students Colleen O' Mahoney and Katie Beach stand by wreaths presented on behalf of the school to honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

      During the school choir's spring break trip to Hawaii, Palatine High School students Colleen O' Mahoney and Katie Beach stand by wreaths presented on behalf of the school to honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.
    Courtesy District 211

  • Palatine High School seniors smile with their leis during luau festivities at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii during their spring break trip. They gave an impromptu performance there at the request of the center's employees.

      Palatine High School seniors smile with their leis during luau festivities at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii during their spring break trip. They gave an impromptu performance there at the request of the center's employees.
    Courtesy District 211

 
Submitted by District 211

Students in Palatine High School's choir program had a chance to escape chilly Chicago weather during spring break and have the time of their lives performing and exploring culture in Hawaii's tropical climate.

Sixty choir students spent five days in Oahu, Hawaii, performing at various locations and sightseeing during their downtime.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"For many of the students, it was a huge first experience. Some of them have never been on a plane before," said Steven Sivak, choir director at Palatine High School. "Not only were they perfectly behaved, but they also sang their hearts out on a daily basis."

The group performed in front of different audiences and experienced Hawaiian culture and art. At the suggestion of their flight attendant crews, they sang during their flights to and from Hawaii. Their scheduled and impromptu performances included the Waikiki Hard Rock Café, an advertised concert at the Waikiki Beach Walk, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbor.

The group also sang at the 'Iolani Palace as a gift offering to the Hawaiian people, where tradition was for large groups to offer a gift to the king and queen, who would either accept or deny the offering. To keep the tradition alive, Hawaiian people at the palace responded back to the choir in song to accept their gift and show their approval.

The impromptu performance at the Polynesian Cultural Center took place after employees discovered the choir was there, and Sivak said the performance had crowds cheering.

"Many of the students mentioned that their favorite part of the trip was at the cultural center," Sivak said. "Witnessing the culture and participating in things like making items out of palm fronds, tasting different foods, experiencing a luau party and seeing things very different from what they know was great for them."

During the performance at Pearl Harbor, Sivak said the tone was serious but also very moving. The choir had an opportunity to explore Pearl Harbor and watch a movie about it, which he said added emotion to their performance. Wreathes were placed at the memorial site on behalf of Palatine High School, and students dropped flowers from leis at the site to honor those who lost their lives in World War II.

Sivak said an honor share the trip with his students. "It was an incredible experience and one that will remain in our memories for a long time to come."

Share this page
    help here