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    Kani Ka Pila Grille 15th Annual Talent Search

    Performers of Traditional or Contemporary Hawaiian Music


    OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort invites up-and-coming music artists to enter this contest that could put you on the path to stardom! 

    How to Enter

    Provide a link to video performance posted online or submit a music sample on DVD. 
    Submissions must include:
    - Artist or group name
    - Artist or group photo (300 dpi)
    - Contact person
    - Email address
    - Phone number

    Email submissions to Luana Maitland at

    All entries must be received by October 20, 2022.


    The finals will take place during the Made in Hawaii Festival at Kani Ka Pila Grille at the OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort on Saturday, November 12th, 2022 in front of a distinguished panel of judges:
    Milton Lau, CEO of Ki-Ho‘alu Foundation and Founder of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festivals
    Kawika Kahiapo, Na Hoku Hanohano award winner
    John Vierra, MELE Program Coordinator at Honolulu Community College, Assistant Professor, Audio Engineering
    Luana Mailtand, Director of CUltural Experiences for Kani Ka Pila Grille 


    One-month paid contract to perform at Kani Ka Pila Grille in 2023.
    Personalized social media marketing package featuring an electronic press kit and promotional audio/video clips recorded at Honolulu Community College's Mike Curb MELE Studios.

    Sponsors and Partners

    OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort showcases legends of Hawaiian music nightly at Kani Ka Pila Grille. 

    Made in Hawaii Festival is an extravaganza of food, fashion, crafts, and live entertainment at Ala Moana Shopping Center from November 11-13, 2022.

    Mike Curb MELE Studios at Honolulu Community College supports an associate degree program in music business and audio engineering. The Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) offers local students opportunities to pursue careers in the music industry. The program is affiliated with Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.   



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