A graduation ceremony represents a coming of age; it's the proverbial end of one chapter and the beginning of the next.
It’s an accomplishment to graduate, to see education through to its completion.
Above all, graduation is a cause for celebration.
This year’s graduating seniors at Hawaii's Kahuku High & Intermediate School celebrated their commencement in a beautifully unique way: with a stunning performance honoring themselves, their culture and their history.
The 10-minute performance includes the senior class song followed by a rendition of the Kaipahua Kura, a traditional haka or war dance from New Zealand’s Māori people.
According to the video’s description, the senior class learned the entire performance in just two days.
It’s most likely unlike any graduation ceremony you’ve ever seen, but without a doubt, it's one of the most powerful and beautiful.
Check out the video up top, and head to the school’s blog to read the lyrics and learn more about the cultural significance of the Kaipahua Kura.