Kauai Filipino-American Idol competition starts next week

Members of the Kauai Filipino Centennial Celebration Committee announced the first Kaua’i Filipino-American Idol singing contest, earlier this week, as part of the year-long centennial celebration recognizing the arrival of Filipinos to Hawai’i.

There will be two categories open to the public, a teens and an adult category, they said in a press release.

Preliminaries will be held on April 15 at 2 p.m., and April 22 at 10:30 a.m., at Kukui Grove Center.

The entry deadline is 6 p.m.

April 14 for the April 15 preliminary, and 6 p.m. April 21 for the April 22 preliminary.

To participate, contestants in both categories cannot be professional performers as defined by those being paid compensation to perform, whether on a fullor part-time basis.

Four contestants will be selected from each preliminary for a total of eight finalists who will compete for first prize at the Filipino Centennial Fiesta Celebration on May 7 at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall.

Contestants will be responsible for providing their own material (music, CD, instruments, etc.). Song lyrics will not be provided by committee members.

For more information, contact Ben Beniga at 245-3657, or Lesther Calipjo at 246^:954.

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