Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame seeks contestants for Ka Himeni Ana 2011

Hawaii Independent Staff

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is searching for contestants to participate in the 27th Annual Ka Himeni Ana Hawaiian music competition on Saturday, August 27 at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.

Ka Himeni Ana, founded by Richard M. Towill, features Hawaiian music groups performing in the nahenahe style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form characterized by sweet vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments.

Applications and recordings will be reviewed by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and contestants selected from the applications received on or before July 29.

Ka Himeni Ana rules:

The ompetition is open to Hawaiian music groups containing two to five members (no solo acts).
At least half of the group must perform with and play an instrument. Instruments shall be acoustic—no electric or amplified instruments except Hawaiian steel guitar may be electric and use a small amplifier.

No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.

Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.

Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945, or if post 1945 or new original composition, shall be in the nahenahe style.

Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests individual singers may participate as members of other groups.

Contestants vie for six cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200.

Contestants must submit a Ka Himeni Ana form and a cassette tape or CD recording to:

Ka Himeni Ana
P.O. Box 30337
Honolulu, HI 96820

Contestants may also drop off their submission to 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Roof Deck Suite #6A-1, Honolulu, HI 96814.

For more information, visit http://www.hmhof.org/.