On Stage / The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame’s 28th annual Ka Himeni Ana competition and concert features amateur Hawaiian music groups performing in the nahenahe style, which is vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments like the ‘ukulele, upright bass and slack-key guitar. Held at the historic Hawaii Theatre, Ka Himeni Ana’s judges include Nina Kealiiwahamana, Haunani Apoliona and Nola Nahulu, as well as new judge Aaron Mahi, the former conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. These respected authorities of the Hawaiian music community will judge contestants on their pitch, harmony, projection, use of Hawaiian language and overall musicianship.
The winner, second and third place runners-up will receive cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200. First place will also receive four round-trip tickets to the mainland from Hawaiian Airlines and return to next year’s competition as featured performers. Contestants this year include the Sons of Kapalama, Kono ‘Ohana, Lopaka, Komakakino from Hilo and Na Wahine O Honoapiilani from Lahaina.