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Richard Hoʻopiʻi Falsetto Contest Crowns Newest Champion

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Mendez pictured (middle) after being named the contest victor. Photo Courtesy: Daryl Fujiwara.

Mauiʻs own Ikaika Mendez is this yearʻs Richard Hoʻopiʻi Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto Contest winner.

Now in its 18th year, the contest showcases young adult male falsetto singers to perpetuate “a very unique aspect of Hawaiʻiʻs music industry,” according to an event press release.

In addition to receiving a cash prize and other gifts, Mendez will also have the opportunity to record a single with Wailau Ryder and an all expense trip to perform at the 8th Nā Hoa Makamaka Charity Concert in Kanagawa, Japan.

Second place honors went to Mauiʻs Kanoa Severson. Troy Hussey of Oʻahu placed third.

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