Some schools to host in-person commencement while others offer drive-through or virtual events

  • A box for a diploma name check is located outside the office at Waiakea High School in Hilo on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Two teachers walk around the track at the Waiakea High School stadium in Hilo on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Waiakea High School plans to host a graduation ceremony at the stadium in Hilo, which is photographed on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to traditional commencement ceremonies, some East Hawaii high schools will return to in-person graduations, while others will celebrate seniors in other ways.