By Kim Tomas
The 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto and Story Telling Competition was held on September 4, 2010 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the Big Island. Kona Hawaiian Village’s own Devin “Ali‘i” Keanaaina walked away with top honors for his beautiful songs and voice. He won ‘ōlelo (language) and Mo‘olelo (storytelling), as well as 1st place in the overall competition. Ali‘i is in our Activity department and has been delighting guests and employees alike for the past few years.
“Hawaiians place a very high value on falsetto singing (leo ki‘eki‘e). Predominantly sung by men, magnificent musical notes are reached in the highest registers of their voices. Each singer has his own distinctive style. Slack key (kī hō‘alu) and steel guitar are notable musical extensions of falsetto singing, instrumentally imitating the falsetto voice. All three are uniquely Hawaiian, celebrated, and enjoyed by both locals and visitors.” [http://www.hularecords.com]
Congratulations, Ali‘i, on this outstanding achievement.