HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
The ukulele has become an essential part of Hawaiian culture ever since its introduction to Hawaii in 1879.
Whose name translates to the "jumping flea," the ukulele instrument will shine in the spotlight at the 9th annual Duke's Ukes Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The talent-filled contest will hold entertainment featuring live local music, ono food and family fun.
Amateur ukulele players will take the stage where contestants will compete in two divisions: ukulele instrumental and ukulele vocals.
The ukulele instrumental division will consist of four different age categories, while the ukulele and vocals division will be an open-age category.
Winners in each ukulele instrumental category will receive a new Kamaka ukulele and a "Best Showmanship" award will also be presented as well as additional prizes.
"Our annual Duke's Ukes Contest provides an opportunity to perpetuate the spirit of Aloha through good food and great music," said Dylan Ching, Duke's Waikiki General Manager. "We've witnessed some amazing talent over the last eight years and we expect nothing less from this year's contestants."
All contestants will be pre-registered through advanced auditions, while admission is free for spectators.
Applications to enter will be accepted to the auditions on Saturday, Sept. 13 or Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon at Duke's Waikiki.
Duke's Waikiki supports local music also through its free concerts on the beach from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and live entertainment nightly.
Duke's Waikiki is located beachside in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel at Kalakaua Avenue.
Validated parking is available at OHANA East Hotel.
For more information on the event, call (808) 922-2268.