KAANAPALI - Calling all young ukulele players on Maui! Strum, pick and sing your way down to Hula Grill Kaanapali in Whalers Village for the restaurant's 17th annual Maui Youth Ukulele Contest on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Sponsored in part by KoAloha Ukulele and KPOA, the contest will showcase some of the island's top amateur ukulele players and vocalists competing for great prizes and bragging rights.
Keiki from kindergarten through 12th grade will participate in three solo divisions by school grade and one group division (up to four participants).
Contestants must be Maui County residents, and aloha attire is required. Contestants will be judged on brief introduction, ukulele performances (strumming, rhythm and picking), singing and stage presence, offstage attitude, originality and keeping within a six-minute time limit.
"It's hard to believe we're in our 17th year hosting the Maui Youth Ukulele Contest," said General Manager Orrin Cross.
"Music is such a large part of Hawaii's local culture, and we're proud to carry on this tradition with Maui's youth."
Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. and will be followed by a keiki ukulele workshop with Uncle Kimo Hussey at 8:45 a.m. and the competition at 9:30 a.m. Advance registration is required to participate in the contest.
Entry forms are available at www.hulagrillkaanapali.com. All entries must be submitted via mail or fax by Friday, Sept. 16.
The fee to participate is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch and a shirt. For more information, call Hula Grill Kaanapali at 667-6636.