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First Female Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Postponed

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Maui Now Graphic. File photo of Carmen Hulu Lindsey by Wendy Osher.

The Carmen Hulu Lindsey Leo Ha’iha’i Falsetto Contest is being postponed until a later date due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural contest was set to take place at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua’s opening night at Celebration of the Arts Friday, April 10, 2020.

On March 13, 2020 Event Chair and Cultural Advisor of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Clifford J. Nae‘ole posted the following message on social media:

“After much thought and consideration, we announce the postponement of the 28th Annual Celebration of the Arts. We have made this decision to ensure we are embracing our kuleana as partners of protection for our kupuna, keiki, ‘ohana, friends and visitors.

Please rest assured that we will reassess the program as time and scenarios evolve. Mahalo to those who have supported and worked so tirelessly on this event, and we appreciate your understanding that the health and wellbeing of all involved is paramount.


Please stay healthy and help others in need.


E ola ia oe…Long life to you.”
Clifford J. Nae’ole

Contestants that have been approved to participate will be invited back once a new contest date is secured.

“We are only postponing,” said Lindsey. “The committee and the contestants have worked so hard to prepare for the event so we will press on with the contest when everything is in the clear. With all that’s happening, we want to align with other events and organizations in being responsible curators, ensuring that the public’s health and safety is priority.”


The Carmen Hulu Lindsey Leo Ha’iha’i Falsetto Contest is made possible by support from Festivals of Aloha, Pihana Productions, I-Vibes Productions, Wailau Ryder, Lokahi Pacific and the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

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