LIHUE — Manette DeCosta of Keoki’s Paradise wants to make sure no keiki is left out of the opportunity to win a free ukulele.
“Keoki’s Paradise is announcing the 4th annual Keiki Ukes in Paradise Contest on July 26,” said the Poipu restaurant and bar marketing manager. “We want to make sure the keiki ukulele players out there are able to get their chance to win one of the free ukulele which will be given away during the contest which is part of the Koloa Plantation Days celebration.”
Registration for the contest will take place from 10:30 a.m., July 26, and the competition emceed by KQNG Radio Group’s Ron Wiley will start at 11 a.m. Judging will be done by Olamon from Revival, Sam Kamoa of Kamoa Ukulele, Uilani Bandman and Kepa Kruse.
“There is no cost to enter the competition, and all entrants get a complimentary lunch from Keoki’s Paradise,” DeCosta said.
Entry forms are available at Keoki’s Paradise, Kamoa Ukulele in Koloa, Larry’s Music in Kapaa, and online at keokisparadise.com/ukes. There is a deadline of July 25 when the entries must be received at Keoki’s Paradise.
Keiki will compete in one of four divisions as well as an open group division of up to four players.
DeCosta said Kamoa Ukulele is donating two ukuleles for each division, and there are other premiums, including Keoki’s Paradise merchandise and gift certificates
“This is the fourth year we’re hosting this Keiki Ukes in Paradise Contest as part of the Koloa Plantation Days celebration,” DeCosta said. “It’s just like last year where we open Sunday with the fun run in Poipu and then come over to Keoki’s Paradise for the Ukes in Paradise and lunch. The contest has been busy from the first one we hosted and we just want to make sure keiki have their shot at winning one of these fine instruments.”