Scotty’s gives ukuleles in Waimea

Scotty Shapiro of Scotty’s Music in Lihue presented 11 ukuleles Saturday to winners of the Waimea Town Festival ukulele festival.

Loea Pantohan topped the K-6 age category and earned an ukulele.

Isaac Dilley finished first followed by Sage Cierras in second place for the seventh through ninth grade category.

Kalei Kanahele topped the 10th through 12th grade category with Jaylin Gutierrez-Sablana getting the runner-up vote.

The adult division saw Kealii Kaiminaauao rise to first place over Howie Apilado and Shelbi Shimazu.

McKenna Pascua was voted the best overall and Keisha Kilar earned the Scotty’s Choice award.

Darryl Miyasato, band teacher at Kauai High School, earned the Byron Hahn-Morin “Kupaa” Award instrument for his rendition.

“He played a concerto on the ukulele from 1720,” said Carrie Newcomb, coordinator of the contest. “That was awesome.”

Judges included Keola Akauy from Revival, DJ Yaris who plays with Hooaikane, Elwood Machado, Kalaheo Elementary School kupuna, and Puni Patrick, Waimea Town Celebration event coordinator.

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