Poke Festival, Falsetto Contest draw crowds

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
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Food and music dominated Waikoloa Beach Resort on Sept. 8 in two island-wide competitions: the Poke Contest and the 21st Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest. Winning singers, home cooks, chefs and storytellers got their moment in the spotlight, as hundreds filled ballrooms at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Both contests are part of the Hawaii Island Festival’s “30 Days of Aloha.”

The Poke Contest awarded prizes in four categories—in both amateur and professional divisions. Last year’s top finisher, Alex Akau, was a winner once again in the amateur division, with the team of Henry Mateo and Elmer Tabudlo winning “Overall Professional.”

2012 Poke Contest Winners:

Amateur Shoyu category – Alex Akau

Amateur Traditional category – Cyrus Field

Amateur Cooked category – Alex Akau

Amateur Limu category – Sissy Zang

Professional Shoyu – Henry Mateo and Elmer Tabudlo

Professional Traditional – Alan Nagun

Professional Cooked – Peter Kaluna

Professional- Henry Mateo and Elmer Tabudlo

Best Amateur Presentation – Orville Wang

Best Professional Presentation – Peter Kaluna

Overall Amateur – Alex Akau

Overall Professional – Henry Mateo and Elmer Tabudlo

In Saturday night’s Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest, Sid Case took the honors for Hawaiian Language and Storytelling, winning first place in the 21st Annual Event.

2012 Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest Winners:

Falsetto contest olelo award – Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Moolelo award – Sid Case

Third place – Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Second Place – Micah Hoapili-De Aguiar

First Place – Sid Case

For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

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