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Hawaiian Cultural Weekend seeking contest entries


Big Island culture is alive and well at Waikoloa Beach Resort, a gathering place for everyone who loves great food, shopping opportunities and entertainment.  

Sept. 4-6 brings the annual “Hawaiian Cultural Weekend,” showcasing three fun, island-style contests that celebrate the great traditions of music, beauty and unique cuisine: the Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest, Ms. Aloha Nui Gala and the Great Waikoloa Poke Contest. Winners receive cash and prizes, plus “instant celebrity” for the year. 

A Hawaiian treasure

Before the great falsetto singer, musician and storyteller Clyde Halemaumau “Kindy” Sproat passed away in December 2008, one of his last public appearances was at the 2008 Falsetto & Storytelling Contest, named in his honor. 

Uncle Kindy’s generous spirit will be a very large presence at the 2009 contest 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. 

Two divisions —  one for young men 12-18 and one for those 18 and older — test the talents of sweet, upper-register singing voices, in English or Hawaiian. Contestants are required to explain the “kaona” or story behind their song choice, and no duplication of songs is permitted, so the evening is full of fabulous music. There is no entry fee, and contestants either accompany themselves, or provide a backup band.  

Call Pua Garmon, 345-8575, for information and entry forms. 

Ms. Aloha Nui Gala

Reigning Ms. Aloha Nui Julia DeRego will be on hand to crown her successor 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4  at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Tailored to women over 200 lbs, the pageant honors those who exemplify “Aloha Spirit” with graciousness, beauty and talent.  

For information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.  (Registration for Ms. Aloha Nui contestants is now closed.) 

Got Poke?

In Hawaiian, poke (po-keh) means to cut or dice—but in the culinary world, poke is a delicious side dish made with bite-sized pieces of fish or seafood and almost unlimited ingredients from secret family recipes or creative chefs’ imagination. Poke-fans enjoy a fun (and filling) celebration of “Hawaii’s Soul Food” 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.   

On contest day, popular chefs from favorite Big Island restaurants — plus home cooks in a separate division — battle it out for the title, then share a taste of the winning entries with the audience. Visit for rules and application form, then submit your recipe with $10 entry fee.  “Early-bird” amateur entries may receive FREE FISH for use in the Poke Contest.  Call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896, for information and entry forms. 

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend Schedule

* 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4—Ms. Aloha Nui Gala

* 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5—Great Waikoloa Poke Contest

* 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6—Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest

Contests take place at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Naupaka Ballroom, Tickets $7 at the door with Hawaii Island Festival Ribbon, $5 pre-sale with festival ribbon.  

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort is produced in cooperation with Hawaii Island Festivals “30 Days of Aloha.”  

Other ’30 Days of Aloha’ Events

* 10 a.m., Aug. 29 – Investiture of Royal Court, Puu Honua o Honaunau

* 10 a.m., Sept. 19 – Waimea Paniolo Parade

* 11 a.m., Sept. 19 – Waimea Hoolaulea

Royal Court appearances

* 6 p.m., Sept. 11 – Hula Palua, Keauhou Beach Resort Hotel

* 5:30 p.m., Sept. 17 – Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

* 10 a.m., Sept. 27 – Queen Liliuokalani Festival, Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo

— Find out more: 

For tickets and information, visit Queens’ MarketPlace second-floor office, or call 896-3798

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