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Alumni Virtual Choir Inspires Hope
Ryan Su

This story is from the Spring edition of the Soaring Eagle. To read more stories from this issue, click here.

For many people, 2020, and even through the first half of 2021, has been a very dark time. In following with HBA’s all-school theme of hope, the alumni office sought to share the hope of Jesus Christ with the world at Easter by coordinating a virtual choir. 

“Our goal was to bring our alumni together to share the hope and joy that can only be found in the resurrection. Doing so with a virtual choir was absolutely wonderful, because we were able to worship as one body and proclaim the gospel to the world, even though we physically couldn’t be together,” said Billie Takaki Lueder ’94. 

More than 40 alumni from Hawaii and around the world answered the call and submitted their videos. 

“I have missed singing and music so much throughout this pandemic. My college choir has been fully virtual all year and I was excited with the opportunity to return to my roots and worship to a familiar song,” said Kylie Aoki ’17, who is a student at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. “I loved the idea of being able to make music with my fellow Eagles. Being able to contribute and connect with the HBA Ohana to celebrate Easter, especially from so far away, was a fun project to embark upon. In my final semester of undergrad, and especially in this hard time, I am grateful for this community and the hope that we can spread through our song.” 

The song featured guest artist Christopher Kale Jones ’96, a professional singer and actor based in Chicago. Jones is best known for his role as Frankie Valli in the first national tour of the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys.” 

“The mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health have suffered for many during this unprecedented time, but God is still in control. I am excited to be a part of something that can bring more hope to hurting people. It is my hope that each and every person who watches it will be uplifted and filled with hope. Our school, our city, our state, our country, and indeed our entire world is ripe for rebirth, and what better way to epitomize that than with the story of Jesus at Easter,” said Jones. 

The song was featured on the HBA Alumni Facebook and Instagram platforms, and on the school’s YouTube channel.