KAPALUA, Maui (KHON2) — Lahela Lee Park won first place in the first-ever female falsetto contest on Maui on Saturday, April 16.

Her performance of Pua Like ‘Ole earned her the top spot. She won $600 cash, lei hulu, an ukelele, jewlery, and a professional recording opportunity with Napua Greig and Pihana Productions. She also won the ‘Ōlelo Hawaii award. Her prize is a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton with breakfast for two.

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The Carmen Hulu Lindsey Leo Ha’iha’i Falsetto contest was held at The Ritz-Carlton on Maui as part of their 30th annual Celebration of the Arts anniversary.

Conventionally a male competition, Maui is exploring new traditions, and highlighting new facets of Hawaiian music.

Leimana Purdy, a senior at Kamehameha School Maui at A’apueo, came in second for her rendition of Aloha Punalu’u. She won $400 cash.

Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau-Kalima of Hawaii Island, took third place for her performance of He Pō Lani Makamae. She won $300 cash.

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For more information about the 30th annual Celebration of the Arts, visit Celebration of the Arts website or the Festivals of Aloha website.