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Falsetto competition Friday

September 23, 2009
The Maui News

KAHULUI - The Leo Ki'e Ki'e Singing Competition for male falsetto singers, hosted by falsetto master Richard Ho'opi'i, will be held Friday evening at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio.

The event is part of the Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style and will showcase the high registers of the island's top amateur singers while recalling a time when Native Hawaiian women were forbidden to sing publicly.

Contestants, who must be 18 years or older, will vie for cash awards of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.

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To host falsetto contest

Alaka'i Paleka, KPOA Radio's "Morning Goddess," will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the event at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the MACC box office, $20 for adults, and $15 for kupuna 65 and older and keiki 12 and under. There is a $5 discount for those with a Festivals of Aloha button.

Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style is a multi-island celebration that pays tribute to Hawaiian culture and the people of Maui County. Sharing the unique island traditions of Maui, Molokai and Lanai, events will include parades, street parties, concerts and family activities.

Festivals of Aloha buttons cost $5 each and provide discounted or free admission to many Festivals of Aloha events. The button features Ho'opi'i, a renowned and award-winning falsetto master, who has practiced the traditional Hawaiian art of leo kiekie for most of his life.

For more information about the contest and buttons, contact Toni Rojas at 573-7626 or e-mail



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