Winners of falsetto contest announced
Kaulike Pescaia of Maui won the 17th annual Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto Contest on Saturday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Named after the legendary Hawaii falsetto singer who died in March, the annual competition showcases Maui County’s top amateur male falsetto performers.
On Saturday night, Pescaia won the Hawaiian language award and a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which includes ocean view deluxe accommodations and spa treatments. Makana Arce of Molokai won the Sheldon Keahiawakea Brown music award and took second place in the competition. Koakane Mattos of Maui took third place.
Ku’ulei Alcomindras Pala-kiko and Zachary Lum were this year’s Hawaiian language judges. Kamaka Kukona and Kehau Tamure served as the music judges.