Kamaehu Kawa’a wins Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto contest

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Kamaehu Kawa’a, Kapalua, Hawaii, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 (Courtesy: FestivalsOfAloha.com)

KAPALUA, Hawaii (KHON2) — The winner of the 19th annual Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Kiʻekiʻe Falsetto Contest is Kamaehu Kawa’a.

The contest was live streamed on Maui at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Kawa’a’s song was titled Pulelehua which means butterfly.

It’s a song he wrote himself where he compares his wife Madi to a butterfly.

Kawa’a also earned the Hawaiian Language Award and the Sheldon Keahiawakea Brown Music Award.

He is a member of the group Na Wai Eha. Contest organizers say as long as you don’t have a solo album you can enter the contest.

The second place winner is Micah Manzano from Maui, and the third place winner is Kaliko Pascua from Kauai.

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Five people entered the contest.

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