Aloha, Class of 2016!


Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.


​Students in the Class of 2016 have finished the final chapter in their K-12 education, and they celebrated in style. We've collected posts from around the Islands in a Storify​ (which you can view at right by scrolling or click for the slideshow), showing the love and aloha of families and communities around the state.

A few favorites

The Tearjerker: A beautiful moment at Kaimuki High's graduation.

Cinderella Moment: A student at Kauai High's graduation swept another off her feet after they received their diplomas. 

That's No Haku Lei, That's a Space Station: A graduate is crowned with a headress you can take to the bank at Kauai High.

Christening the Stadium: Lahainaluna celebrated its first graduation ceremony at its beautiful new stadium with a picture-perfect Maui sunset.

Flip It: A Maui High graduate catches air with a no-hands 360 on stage. 

Show the Importance: Nanakuli High graduates donned their gowns and paid a visit to their elementary school, Nanaikapono.

Lei Won't Get in the Way: Adorable hug with two Kaimuki High grads despite a wall of flowers and candy between them.

Senior Medley: Of course, Kahuku crushed it again.

Senior Song Shout Out: To Kapolei High for their spirited rendition of "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.

You in There Somewhere? A few of the more impressive lei piles, including these from Kapolei High, Kaimuki High, Kauai High, Maui High (plus this one​ and this one), Mililani High, Campbell High, Waiakea High, Aiea High, Waialua High, Leilehua High, Kealakehe High, Castle High ... 

​​​... and Lanai High​'s entire class is drowning in lei. 

Best Use of Slo-Mo: Goes to Ka'u High who celebrated with a release of homing pigeons.

Best Use of Pano: Hilo High's ceremony at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium.

Live Long and Prosper: Mililani High graduate spreads the Gospel of Spock.​

The Family That Dabs Together: This Leilehua High family shows how it's done.​

Baby Those Are Fireworks: The always-epic display at Kealakehe High School.

Rap It Up: Someone give this graduate from Konawaena High a contract. 

Say it With Hula: Featuring the graduates of Hakipu'u Charter School​.


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