For the first time in Hawaii, a female falsetto competition will be held on Saturday at the Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, hosted by acclaimed entertainer Carmen Hulu Lindsey.
“I’m honored to be joining the prestigious tradition as the namesake to the first wahine falsetto contest,” said Lindsey, chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees, who will also perform at the event. “I will do a few songs. I haven’t been performing since I became a trustee. ”
Part of the Celebration of Island Tastes event from 5:30 to 9 pm at the resort, the evening will also include a taste of Hawaii’s best traditional foods and entertainment with the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus Music Ensemble, followed by performances by the contestants.
“My daughter Napua (Greig) came up with the idea,” Lindsey explained. “She said, ‘We’re always having competitions for the men, but what happened to the women?’ We were supposed to do it two years ago, and then the pandemic came in. ”
The winner of the “Carmen Hulu Lindsey Leo Ha’iha’i Falsetto Contest” will receive a recording opportunity with Greig’s Pihana Productions and a cash prize of $ 600. Second place will receive $ 400 cash and third place, $ 300. Contestants will be evaluated on vocals and music, Hawaiian language and overall presentation, with judges including Amy Hanaiali’i.
Entertainment also includes Hawaiian music and hula by Lindsey and her daughters; Napua Greig and her halau hula, Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka; Kahulu Maluo-Pearson and her halau, Halau Kamaluokaleihulu; and kumu hula Kamaka Kukona.
“Not too many women are singing anymore,” Lindsey noted. “It’s a style that we should be perpetuating because it really is Hawaii. All the ladies that went before us, that were our mentors, are gone. Aunty Genoa’s ohana is perpetuating it, and fortunately my daughter Napua also sings hai. Raiatea (Helm) is a beautiful singer and so is Amy. ”
A professional entertainer and recording artist, Lindsey won the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Female Vocalist of the Year for her album, “A He Leo Wale No E.” Her previous albums include the multi- Hoku-nominated “Ho’oanapau.” She was featured more recently on the Hoku-nominated album, “Lei Nahonoapi’ilani – Songs of West Maui.”
As a child in Waimea on Hawaii island, Lindsey recalled being mesmerized hearing Aunty Genoa Keawe.
“I was about 8, and I remember Aunty Genoa singing. I thought I hoped someday I could sing like her. ”
She hopes the contest will help preserve and perpetuate a unique aspect of Hawaiian music and inspire more women to take up hai.
“I would like to see it continue like Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i’s one and give the girls an opportunity to come forward,” she said.
Celebrating the spirit of aloha with more than 60 of the state’s top artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, the 30th annual Celebration of the Arts will take place on Friday and Saturday.
“We are excited to welcome Hawaiian cultural experts and craftspeople back to Kapalua to create enriching, emotional experiences that will last a lifetime,” said Clifford Nae’ole, the resort’s Hawaiian cultural adviser.
This year’s theme is “Mauka to Makai. . . Everything is Connected. ” It focuses on global climate change and bridges all aspects of life together through educational experiences and a spiritual renewal.
“This event keeps growing and growing every year,” said Nae’ole. “It’s Easter, so it’s a kaona, it’s a double understanding of a resurrection and a rejuvenation.”
Among the weekend events, noted Hawaiian practitioner Kahu Lyons Naone will team up with an ambassador from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment to focus on medicinal plants in a Science and Spirituality presentation at 11 am Friday and at noon Saturday at the resort’s Hawaii Garden.
The founder of the Waihe’e Limu Restoration Group, Aunty Napua Barrows teams with the group’s Kehau Custino for “Limu: Love ‘Em and / or Leave’ Em” in the hotel theater at 11:30 am Friday.
Lopaka Nakaahiki-Bukoski will be present “Ho’oponopono: Connecting All Things Wrong to Make Things Right,” at 1:45 pm Friday in the hotel theater. He will explain the process and protocol of the ancient Hawaiian practice of ho’oponopono. Nakaahiki-Bukoski will also share the lessons of his Grand Aunt Mahilani Poepoe at 2 pm Saturday in the hotel theater, with “Haki Iwi: Hawaiian Chiropractics.” Attendees will learn how gravity, body placement and spirituality can create the ultimate realignment.
Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier’s documentary Hawaiian Spiritual Guardians: ‘Aumakua’ will screen in the hotel theater at 4 pm Friday. Maui residents featured in the film include Lyons Naone, Nae’ole, Danny Akaka and Calvin Hoe.
A fashion show with Maui’s top designers, “Na Lole of Maui Nui,” at 8 pm Friday in the Salon Ballroom, will include Hawaiian music and hula.
Celebration events on Saturday include the screening of “Hawaiian Soul,” a tribute to Hawaiian musician / activist George Jarrett Helm Jr. in the hotel theater at 3 pm Created by ‘Aina Paikai and Kaliko Ma’i’i, this award-winning film explores the bravery of Molokai’s Helm in protesting the bombing of Kaho’olawe by the US Navy.
A unique cultural event, unlike any other in Hawaii, Nae’ole explained: “We believe that by inviting Hawaiians into their own home and having them be comfortable in their own home to express their views, to show off their art, and to talk about their accomplishments, and their failures and their challenges, and have the listening audience of guests and locals and practitioners, then perhaps they can become part of the solution. It’s all about awareness and communication through cooperation. ”
Admission to the 30th annual Celebration of the Arts is complimentary except for the Celebration of Island Tastes. Ticket prices for the Celebration of Island Tastes are $ 110 (general admission), $ 90 (kamaaina with valid Hawaii ID) and $ 45 (children ages 6-12). Children 5 and under are free. Call the concierge for tickets at (808) 665-7089. Food and beverage is available for purchase throughout the event. The complete schedule is available at kapaluacelebrationofthearts.com/celebration-of-the-arts-schedule/.