Hula Grill announces winners of 17th annual youth ukulele contest

Nearly 30 contestants participated in Hula Grill Ka’anapali’s 17th annual Maui Youth Ukulele Contest on Sept. 21.

Coming out on top in the three solo divisions and one group division were:

Elementary School Division – Healani KaneKoa of Princess Nahienaena Elementary School; Middle School Division – Anthony Pfluke, home schooled; High School Division – Kaulike Pescaia, Kamehameha Schools Maui; Group Division – Makanahele Emmsley of Kalama Intermediate, Katie Jacintho of Maui High School and Kaya Givensel of Seabury Hall.

Contestants were judged on a brief introduction, ukulele performances (strumming, rhythm and picking), singing and stage presence, attitude, originality and keeping within a six-minute time limit.