8th Annual Duke’s Ukes Contest set for October at Duke’s Waikiki

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Amateur Ukulele Players to Showcase Talent Oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

Dukes Ukes Contest 2012

HONOLULU — Music enthusiasts are invited to enjoy Hawaiian style ukulele jams at the 8th Annual Duke’s Ukes contest on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Duke’s Waikiki in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Some of the island’s best amateur ukulele players will strum, pick and sing as they compete for prizes and bragging rights. The annual contest is organized by Duke’s Waikiki and makes for a great day filled with live local music, delicious food, and family fun.

“Duke’s Waikiki loves bringing people together through good food and good music,” said Dylan Ching, Duke’s Waikiki General Manager. “Ukulele is a huge part of local culture that perpetuates the Aloha spirit. We hope to share this Aloha with the community through our contest.”

The Duke’s Ukes Contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with contestants competing in two divisions: 1) ukulele instrumental; and 2) ukulele and vocals. The ukulele instrumental division will consist of different age categories.  The ukulele and vocals division will be an open age category. The winners in each ukulele instrumental category will receive a new Kamaka Ukulele. A “Best Showmanship” award will also be presented, and additional prizes will be awarded.  All contestants will be pre-registered through advance auditions.

The Duke’s Ukes Contest is sponsored in part by the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel, the Pacific Music Foundation and Kamaka Ukuleles.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Guests of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach are always thrilled when they find out their visit coincides with this annual event,” said Robert McConnell, hotel general manager. “Each of the young musicians competes with wonderful style and passion, and it’s tremendously satisfying for all of us at the hotel to see the island music and the love of the `ukulele celebrated so enthusiastically.”

Duke’s Waikiki has a long history of supporting local music through its free Concerts on the Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and live entertainment nightly.  The restaurant is located beachside in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel at Kalakaua Avenue.  Validated parking is available at OHANA East Hotel, 2375 Kuhio Avenue.  For more information, call (808) 922-2268 or visit www.DukesWaikiki.com.

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