Tuesday, November 19, 2013
From what I seen, there was so much new talent. One of the youngest
girls stood out to me; Aolani Silva. Up until this year I didn't know who she was - come to find out she takes from the same sensei. See when I perform at recitals I just sit backstage so I don't usually get to see the other performers.
Aolani sang Sakamoto Fuyumi's debut song Abare Daiko Muho Isshou
Iri. I was blown away by her beautiful Kobushi (singing style). Luckily she placed first in category with 440 points out of 500. I really hope that she'll sing a duet with me in the future cause I'm just so in Love with her voice.
The Guest singers from Japan were pretty cool as well. This singer Kitayama Mitsuki I never heard of, but when she sang her song "Anata no Egao Tutu Aloha," Amy and I couldn't help but run backstage to buy her CD. It was mixed with one of my favorite Hawaiian minyo song - 'Hole Hole Bushi.'
The main guest singer Mifune Kazuko I knew of for a while. Her song Danna Sama is what made her very popular in Japan. My favorite song by her is Haha Zakura so I was so thrilled when I got her to sign my
This year's grand champion with 455.5 points Carolyn Shimamura was unbelievable. Grandma and I are such good friends with her. She sang Be Alive and in my opinion I think she sang it better than the original singer.
This is the Score;
GRAND CHAMPION: Carolyn Shimamura "Be Alive" 455.5 points
JUNIOR DIVISION (11 and under)
FIRST PLACE: Aolani Silva "Abare Daiko" 440 points
SECOND PLACE: Mari Shoop "Asu To Iu Hi Ga" 411 points
THIRD PLACE: Tegan Inoue "Daite Kuretara Ii No Ni" 410 points
FIRST PLACE: Kristen Mikami "Aitakute Ima" 441 points
SECOND PLACE: Naomi Sano "Aruite Yukou" 434 points
THIRD PLACE: Tia Inoue "Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki" 434 points
FIRST PLACE: Hiroshi Sakurada "Koi" 445 points
SECOND PLACE: Kristine Ayson "Hatsukoi" 444.5 points
THIRD PLACE: Fred Hokada "Sakaba No Rokudenashi" 444 points
FIRST PLACE: Maelin Ibara "Koi" 445 points
SECOND PLACE: Susan Muramoto-Willy "Nora" 435.5 points
THIRD PLACE: Jenny Yoshimura "Yuuwaku" 435 points
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
FIRST PLACE: Louise Otani-Fu "Nora" 404 points
SECOND PLACE: Bea Shimabukuro "Onna Tomodachi" 395 points
THIRD PLACE: Richard Afuso "Shiritaku Nai No" 394 points
Total possible points: 500
Score from Craig and Veda Shimizu
See everyone Next Year!