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Spirit of late singer infuses Kalakaua school celebration

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The Mele Mural at Kalakaua Middle School, featuring lyrics written by the late singer Palani Vaughan, was unveiled Dec. 20 at a school assembly to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary. Kailihiwa Vaughan, left, posed with artist Estria Miyashiro near the lyrics written by her father, who died in 2016.

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Kalakaua Middle School students gathered for the unveiling of the Mele Mural on Dec. 20 at an all-school assembly. More than 1,000 students helped paint the 2,000-square-foot mural.