Winners of falsetto contest announced

The contestants and judges of the 2018 Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest, held Saturday at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, pose for a photo, including first-place winner Kaulike Pescaia (back row, far right), second-place winner Makana Arce (back row, second from left) and third-place winner Koakane Mattos (back row, fourth from right). Photo courtesy Daryl Fujiwara
Kaulike Pescaia of Maui (center), winner of Saturday’s 2018 Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest, poses alongside Michael Kass (left), general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Clifford Naeole, Hawaiian cultural adviser at the Ritz-Carlton. Pescaia won the Hawaiian Language award and a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Photo courtesy Daryl Fujiwara

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.

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