Chadwick Kamei named to 2022 National High School Band Director’s Hall of Fame

Pearl City High School band director Chadwick Kamei is being inducted into the 2022 National High School Band Director’s Hall of Fame. Kamei has been the school’s band director since 2006.

Kamei says the honor is “really a reflection of what we have in our community — the parents, our students, and the work of those who have been here before us.” That includes, Kamei notes, the school’s former band director and mentor Michael Nakasone, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2013.

Both men were recently recognized at the Hawaii State Capitol by Sen. Bennette Misalucha, who represents the Pearl City area. A special certificate thanks them for their musical contributions to the community.

The High School Band Director’s National Association will formally recognize Kamei on May 6, when the school band performs at the Pearl City Cultural Center.

Featured photo from left: Michael Nakasone, Sen. Bennette Misalucha, Chadwick Kamei. Below from left: Joseph Halfmann, Pearl City High School principal; the Nakasone family: Brody, Laura, Ken, Brenda, Michael; the Kamei family: Sharon Egi, Sue, Chadwick; Sen. Bennette Misalucha. Photos courtesy: Office of Sen. Bennette Misalucha.