Alma Mater

There have been several alma mater written for KHS, but the most renown has to be the one penned by proud graduate and beloved island entertainer Jimmy “Kimo” Borges III:

Kukui High School Alma Mater
Sung to the tune of “This Old Man”

Kukui High, Kukui High,
Raise Your Nuts Up To The Sky!
When You Grab Them, Sing Out Strong,
Let The World Hear Kukui’s Song!
Kukui’s Nuts Are Big and Bold,
There to Love and There to Hold,
So Grab Your Nuts and Don’t Be Shy,
Show Your Nuts for Kukui High!

Borges was named one of the fifty islanders who’ve “left an entertainment imprint and made a difference since Hawaii became a state” by the Honolulu Advertiser. He’s also had roles in television series such as “Jake and the Fat Man,” “Magnum P.I.” and of course “Hawaii Five-0.” His face is familiar to viewers around the globe.

21 thoughts on “Alma Mater”

  1. How the heck do you sing lines 5, 6 and 7 of the alma mater to the tune of “This Old Man”? The first four lines match, that’s it!

  2. Okay, so I figured out a way to make the alma mater work to the tune of “This Old Man”
    You need to insert a line in between lines 4 and 5, so that there will be 8 lines total. So, after line 4, repeat line 1, then go on with the rest of the alma mater! =)

      1. Rosella,
        Had you been to this page early yesterday morning (10-02-10), then you wouldn’t think that I was funny! I was very serious!!! If you look at the follow up comment from KHS, they say that they dropped a line by accident, and that they put it back in! So now it appears as if my first two comments don’t make any sennse to the alma mater that everyone else is now seeing!

  3. Hey everyone…trust me! It is singable to “This Old Man”. I’m kinda familiar with singing songs. It may make it easier if you drop “ARE” in the 5th line and “SO” in the 7th line. Don’t think of fitting a word to every note, think of fitting the words to the main notes. If I can find a way to record it and put it on this site, I will…Let all the NUTS hang out in praise of Kukui High…Nuts to you, Kimo

    1. Kimo, I would love to have a recording of you singing this song! If you have any difficulty getting it online, I’d be happy to meet you at the KHS stadium to make a quick video!

      1. Do it! Do it! Do it! Then try to get iTunes to carry it as a fundraiser and have the proceeds go to whatever local public school entity the logo shop sales will help. Take it NATIONAL, I say! Goooo Nuts!

    2. Aight, now it works! Earlier when I commented, there were only 7 lines, making it off beat! Now that there’s 8 lines, it flows smoothly! It’s not that I didn’t know how to sing it to the tune of “This Old Man” but because it was incomplete!!! Not even you would have been able to have sang it the way it was when I first left my comment! Trust me! LOL

  4. on da kinipopo, Erock808…They left out a line when they first reprinted my Alma Mater but now it’s been corrected, Brah! I’m going to sing it a cappella and post it on this site so that we can all sing it at our first School Reunion…

    1. I understand that it was corrected, and I am very happy for that… but now it seems like I was lolo when people read the “revised” alma mater, then see my comments on how it didn’t make sense, when I was commenting on the “un-revised” alma mater!

  5. Great alma mater song! I’ll sing it with pride, for sure.
    By the way, Jimmy “Kimo” Borges, if you happen to read this reply please email me at My dad Kimo Kamaunu sang with you for many years and I know he’d love to get in touch with you. Thanks!

    Kristi, @TweetingMama

  6. Just sent the marching band arrangement that I made to Ryan. Hope if this is used that they can use my arrangement. Well Hollywood is Hollywood.

    Cool song Jimmy!

    1. hi Dwayne, in your comment you mentioned a marching band arrangement for Kukui High that you sent to Ryan. I’m the director of the Kukui High Alumni Marching Band. We play community gigs and parades. Could you email me your arrangement???

  7. Heh! Kimo Borges, you’re da bomb man. Catchy tune and lyrics for the Alma Mater of our High School. GO NUTS!

  8. To the young lady whose dad is Kimo Kamaunu. Please tell him “Dec. 7th” says aloha from Maui. I played guitar in his band at “Pumehana” back in the early seventies. That’s if this is the same Kimo Kamaunu who played guitar for Rene Paulo.

    I forgot to mention the other guys in the band. Matt Labajo, Vernal Fernandez, and the singer was one dakine funny kine popolo if you know what I mean. I think his name was Gary Sterling. Aloha to all you guys and Gary. heh heh………

    Oh, the bartender, Maurice M. and George E. There were the English girls and Lanakila. It’s all starting to come back to me.

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