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Results of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala, Poke Contest and Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest

Food and music, two of the Big Island’s favorite things, dominated Waikoloa Beach Resort last weekend, in three island-wide competitions: the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala, the Poke Contest and the Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest. Winning singers, chefs and storytellers got their moment in the spotlight, as hundreds filled ballrooms at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Ali'i Choice Award Winner Alex Akau

Alicia Pokipala, Eugene Tagawa of Tiffany present Ali'i Choice Award to Alex Akau

Ms. Aloha Nui 2011 is Darcy Kathleen White of Holualoa.  For her talent portion, White sang an original song, “Making Memories” in Friday night’s event.  Her competitors included Ruth Roseann Baker-Boggeln of Kea’au, Betty Leina’ala Jose-Brannam of Keaukaha—who brought the biggest fan club along—Nicole Ann Maragos of Kealakekua, first runner-up, and Jo Jeter of Waimea.  For her talent portion, Jeter, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 5, unexpectedly wowed the crowd with a belly dance.

Poke and Falsetto Festival

On Saturday, the Poke Contest awarded prizes in six categories, but longtime favorite Alex Akau swept five of them in the Amateur Division (A), and Jayson Kanekoa, of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, won three categories in the Professional Division (P).  Keali’i Bertelmann took the honors for Hawaiian Language and Storytelling, winning first place in Saturday night’s 20th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest.

Keali’i Bertelmann

Keali’i Bertelmann took the honors for Hawaiian Language and Storytelling

The winners are:

Ms. Aloha Nui 2011:  Darcy Kathleen White

2011 Poke Contest:

Poke with Shoyu: Faye Kuheana (A), Nolan Hing (P)
Cooked Poke:  Alex Akau (A), Jayson Kanekoa (P)
Traditional:  Alex Akau (A), Sansei Seafood, Steak and Sushi Bar (P)
Poke with Limu:  Alex Akau (A), Peter Kaluna (P)

Ali’i Choice:  Alex Akau (A), Jayson Kanekoa (P)

Presentation:  Faye Kuheana (A), Jayson Kanekoa (P)

20th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest

3rd place, Robert Pomaika’i Krueger
2nd place, Micah Hoapili-DeAguiar
1st place, Keali’i Bertelmann

In conjunction with the annual Hawai’i Island Festival—30 Days of Aloha, the weekend also included Na Mea Hana Lima Craft Fair at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Monday’s Fall Fashion Show at Queens’ MarketPlace, at 4:30 p.m. in the Coronation Pavilion.

For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

World Premier Fashion Show, “HŌKŪ MĀLAMA” Highlights Hawaiian Cultural Weekend, September 3-5, 2010

Media Release:

Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs premiers a new, exciting line of distinctive aloha wear for women with “Hōkū Mālama” an elegant brunch and fashion show, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom.

Part of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s 4th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days of Aloha, the show introduces “Hōkū Mālama” to the Big Island and the world with a fashion splash.  The program includes music by Na Palapalai, 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners, and “magical” arrangers of traditional songs for today’s listeners, trendsetters in the falsetto style of ha‘i ha‘i.

The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festival, carry on the longstanding tradition begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s, celebrating Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine with a fun series of cultural events, designed to delight audiences of all ages.  The celebration kicks off with the big, beautiful Big Island pageantry of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala on Friday, honoring women with “supersized” aloha, talent and grace.

On Saturday, it’s everybody’s favorite Poke Contest with tastings of “Hawaii’s Soul Food.”  Home cooks and top chefs vie for the championship, mixing it up with inspired interpretation of the traditional snack made with bite-sized raw fish, creatively seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination.  Saturday night, the 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest spotlights the talents of male singers who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.

Sunday’s Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show Brunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a Big Island audience to experience a brand-new style of contemporary women’s wear, created by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs, the well-known island designer of signature aloha fashions.

“This is a new look, and it is extraordinary,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Margo Mau-Bunnell, Sales and Operations Manager for Queens’ MarketPlace.  “And we are just delighted that Kumu Nalani and Sig chose our Hawaiian Cultural Weekend to premier her new line.  The Big Island is already a world-class destination, and designer events like this add a different level of excitement.  People will be talking about this show for a long time.”

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hawaii Island Festivals “30 Days of Aloha”

Friday September 3
Ms. Aloha Nui Gala
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Doors open 5:00 p.m. pageant begins 6:00 p.m.
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.

Saturday, September 4
Poke Contest
11:00 a.m.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona Ballrooms
Tickets $7
Please call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896 for contest information.

Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest
Doors open 6:00 p.m., contest begins 7:00 p.m.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Pua Garmon, 345-8575.

For information, visit www.hawaiiislandfestival.org.  A nearly month-long Big Island cultural celebration with years of tradition, “Hawai’i Island Festival—30  Days of Aloha” begins Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m., with the Royal Court Investiture, Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park, includes the famed Paniolo Heritage Parade in Waimea Saturday, September 18, and concludes Thursday, September 16, 5p.m. with the Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort.  Complete schedule available online.

Sunday, September 5
Hawaii Elegance Brunch and world premier Hōkū Mālama Fashion Show by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs*
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fashion Marketplace
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Na Palapalai in Concert
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Brunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Monarchy Ballroom
Tickets $45 in advance—until Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.—and $50 at the Door.  Admission includes self-parking, spectacular brunch buffet, concert and fashion show. *This very special event is a benefit for the Moku O Keawe Foundation