HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Since its introduction to Hawai'i in 1879, the 'ukulele has become an essential part of Hawaiian culture. Shining the spotlight on this beloved instrument, whose name roughly translates to "jumping flea," Duke's Waikiki will host its 9th Annual Duke's Ukes Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014. This talent-filled contest will make for an entertaining event featuring live local music, delicious food and family fun.
Amateur 'ukulele players will take the stage in the hopes of becoming the next Jake Shimabukuro or Taimane Gardner. Contestants will compete in two divisions: 1) ukulele instrumental; and 2) ukulele and vocals.
The ukulele instrumental division will consist of three different age categories. The ukulele and vocals division will be an open age category. The winners in each ukulele instrumental category will receive a new Kamaka Ukulele. A "Best Showmanship" award will be presented and additional prizes will be awarded. Also, for the first time this year, a "Ho'okahiko Mele" award will be presented to a contest who plays a traditional piece of Hawaiian music.
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