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Hula Grill to host Youth Ukulele Players Contest

By Staff | Sep 9, 2010

KAANAPALI — Ukulele players and Hawaiian music enthusiasts should pull out their beloved instruments, warm up their voices and hele mai kakou down to Hula Grill Kaanapali’s 14th annual Youth Ukulele Players Contest.  

Set for Saturday, Sept. 25, the contest will feature some of the island’s top amateur ukulele players competing for prizes and recognition.

The competition will feature keiki from kindergarten through 12th grade separated into solo and group divisions.

Judging the contest will be renowned Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians Peter DeAquino, Derrick Sebastian and Garrett Probst — all of whom are prodigies of the contest.

Registration will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a keiki ukulele workshop and then the competition at 10 a.m.

“Music is really the heartbeat of the Hawaiian culture, bringing families and friends together and telling the stories of our ancestors,” said Orrin Cross, general manager at Hula Grill. “Allowing our youth to come out and share their talent on the ukulele is really just our way of honoring and contributing to what has been going on in Hawaii for generations. ”

Advance registration is required to participate in the contest. Entry forms are available at Bounty Music, Mele Ukulele and Hula Grill. All entries must be submitted by mail or fax by Saturday, Sept. 19.

The fee to participate is $15, which includes breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt. All contestants will receive prizes. For more information, call Bounty Music at 871-1141, Mele Ukulele at 244-3938 or Hula Grill Kaanapali at 667-6636.