Ka Himeni Ana Music Contest – Application Deadline July 29!

From Maui Now

Ka Himeni Ana Music Competition Contest Submission Deadline Extended
By Sonia Isotov
Published July 15, 2011

The contestant submission deadline for the Hawaiian music competition ‘Ka Himeni Ana’ has been extended to Friday, July 29th.

Presented by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, the competition and concert is being held at the Hawaii Theatre on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Contestants vie for 6 cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200.

‘Ka Himeni Ana’ features local groups performing the soft voice music style called nahenahe, with no microphones or amplified instruments and sung in the Hawaiian language.

Applications and recordings will be reviewed by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and contestants selected from the applications received on or before July 29th.

To apply as a contestant, groups (no solo acts) with 2 – 5 members must submit a Ka Himeni Ana  contestant information form and a cassette tape or CD recording to: P.O. Box 30337, Honolulu, HI 96820  or dropped off at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Roof Deck Suite #6A-1, Honolulu, HI 96814. Mark it:  Attention: Ka Himeni Ana 2011.  Contestant application can be downloaded. For questions or more  information, please  email chimaine@hawaiipacificentertainment.com or debbie@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame presents the 27th annual ‘Ka Himeni Ana’ at the Hawaii Theatre on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now.  Balcony seats are available for $23 and orchestra/loge seating is $33 (pricing includes $3 restoration fee for Hawaii Theater). Tickets can be purchased at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office, charge by phone at (808) 528-0506, or online at http://www.hawaiitheatre.com. For more information on the event please visit http://www.hmhof.org.

[See original press release. For the application form, click here.]

[The following is from an earlier article]

Rules for the competition include:

  • Competition is open to amateur Hawaiian music groups containing 2 – 5 members (no solo acts).
  • At least half of the group must perform with and play an instrument.
  • Instruments shall be “acoustic”—no electric or amplified instruments except Hawaiian steel guitar maybe electric and use a small amplifier.
  • No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.
  • Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.
  • Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945, or if post 1945 or new original composition, shall be in the “nahenahe” style.
  • Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests, individual singers may participate as members of other groups.

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame website.