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Lahaina Cannery Mall announces SING IT! competition winners

By Staff | Jul 19, 2018

From left, Jena Makai, Tasha Aco and Leimana Purdy took top honors in the SING IT! Youth Singing Competition at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Cannery Mall held the second annual SING IT! Youth Singing Competition on Saturday, June 23.

Ten exceptionally talented Maui teens put on an entertaining show as they competed to win cash prizes totaling $1,800.

Popular KAOI Radio Deejay Cindy Paulos was the emcee, and the judges were KAOI’s Jack Gist and Maui musicians Mitch Kepa and Gina Martinelli.

Fourteen-year-old Tasha Aco’s powerful performance of Adele’s “When We Were Young” brought her the highest point total of the day, and she was awarded the $1,000 first place prize.

The second place prize of $500 went to Leimana Purdy, 14, who sang a beautiful Hawaiian song called “Nani Nani Yenuse” by Napalapalai.

Placing third, and winning $300, was 15-year-old Jena Makai for her performance of “Burn” from the musical “Hamilton.”

Lahaina Cannery Mall presents the annual competition in support of youth and the arts on Maui.

Many of the SING IT! contestants participate in performing arts classes and theater groups such as Maui Academy of Performing Arts.

Paulos said, “The level of talent displayed by the young performers was outstanding, and the audience experienced ‘chicken skin’ song after song.”

Lahaina Cannery Mall also announced that its shops and Safeway are open during construction.

Throughout the month of July, free entertainment will be offered weekly at center stage.

On Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., some of Maui’s most talented hula halau take the stage for free cultural entertainment.

Magician Holden Mowat, from the award-winning Kupanaha magic dinner show at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, performs his interactive, all-ages show on Saturdays at 12 p.m.

Plus, every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m., guests can participate in free ukulele lessons. Free hula lessons are offered on Thursdays at 5 p.m.

All entertainment takes place on center stage in the air-conditioned complex.

For more information, call 661-5304, visit www.lahainacannery.com or follow @LahainaCannery on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.