Traditional public school commencement ceremonies canceled this year

  • Christina Kishimoto

  • Kealakehe High School graduates celebrate during the school’s 2019 commencement ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Graduates sing the alma mater at Kealakehe High School’s 2019 commencement ceremony Commencement Ceremony. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena High School graduates celebrate at the 2019 commencement ceremony at Julian Yates Field.

“Alternative celebrations” will be held in place of traditional commencement ceremonies at public and public charter schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, education officials announced Wednesday.