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Hawaiian News: Ka Himeni Ana App

Richard Towill Richard Towill
Kimo Stone Kimo Stone

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Calling all Hawaiian musicians, the Annual Ka Himeni ʻAna Hawaiian Music Competition is looking for undiscovered talent. Here to tell us about the contest and how to enter is Amy Kalili.

Ua nui nâ kalapu hîmeni a hoʻokani nui o ke kaulana a mâkaukau o Hawaiʻi i kau ma kçia kahua hôʻikeʻike.

Some popular and accomplished local groups have graced this stage. 

We had Pekelo, Aleʻa one year, Hoʻokena, all kinds of really great folks.

Richard Towill

Son of Founder, Ka Hîmeni ʻAna

ʻO Pekelo, ʻAleʻa, me Hoʻokena kekahi.

Ua hoʻokumu ko Rick pâpâ, ʻo Richard M. Towill, i kçia hoʻokûkû ʻo Ka Himeni ʻAna ma ka 26 makahiki aku nei.

Ka Hîmeni ʻAna was started 26 years ago by Rick's father Richard M. Towill.

It's really a way that we can perpetuate the sweet, melodious nahenahe music from long ago without all of the extra noise, amplifiers and all that kind of stuff.

He ala ia e hoʻomau ai i ke ʻano nahenahe wale o ka puolo Hawaiʻi.

A ʻo ia nô kâ nâ mea loiloi e ʻimi ana ke hoʻolohe aku i nâ hui hîmeni.

And that's just what judges are looking for from competitors. 

A style of singing that's less common. It's, for lack of a better phrase, a nahenahe style, which features acoustic instruments and harmony, close harmony.

Kimo Stone

President, Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame

ʻAʻole ʻano laha kçia mau lâ; ʻo ia ʻano uila ʻole a nani o nâ leo kûlauna.

The cash prizes range from $1200 for the first place winner to, I think its $300 for the fifth place winner. There is a potential at this point for a recording contract.

Eia mai nâ mea lanakila o ia makahiki aku nei, ko Kaiholu, e hôʻike maikaʻi wale ana nô i ia ʻano e ʻimi ʻia nei.

And here's a great example of that with last year's winners, Kaiholu.

You'll be judged on your Hawaiian language, your style to the extent that it is consistent with nahenahe, or sweet soft style, and the quality of your harmony as well as how you present.

E loiloi ʻia kâ ʻôlelo, ke kaila hîmeni, nâ leo kûlauna a mâkau hôʻikeʻike.

The singing and the instruments are unamplified, so you are expected to hit a mark on the stage and sing loud enough to fill Hawai'i Theatre.

Aʻohe kâkoʻo uila e leʻe aku ai ka leo. E pohâ wale aku a kani ʻo loko o ia hale.

O ka lâ 30 o Iune ka lâ palena pau no ke noi komo a e mâlama ʻia ka hoʻokûkû ma Kepakemapa ma Hawaiʻi Theatre.

The deadline to apply is June 30th and the competition will be held in September at Hawaiʻi Theatre.

The cash prizes range from $1200 for the first place winner to, I think its $300 for the fifth place winner. There is a potential at this point for a recording contract.

He $300 - $1,200 no ka mea lanakila a pçia nô paha ka ʻaelike ʻoki leo.

No nâ hui hoihoi i ke noi komo, e hoʻouna i poke ʻaukiô o kâu mele iâ umma@hawaiipacificentertainment.com

Send a sample of your work to umma@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.

O wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha

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