Hula Your Way to the 9th Annual International Ukulele Contest


Posted on: 11 December 2019 by Vartika Gautam

No matter what you’re interested in, there’s some event that’s the Super Bowl of your hobby.

No matter what you’re interested in, there’s some event that’s the Super Bowl of your hobby. Whether you’re into art, dance, running, climbing, and on and on — there’s always some showcase of talent or competition that crowns someone as being the top of the field.

Ukulele is no exception.

The 9th Annual International Ukulele Contest and Hula Show 2020 is coming up toward the beginning of the year. If you’re well into the ukulele scene, then you probably already know about it. But if you’re just a fan of ukulele music or Hawaiian and Japanese culture, then you really need to read on and learn more about this unique event.

The International Ukulele Contest and Hula Show conduct a competition where amateur musicians from all over the planet get to come together and compete against each other. Young men and women will compete for their spot atop their age group. Aside from watching the fierce competition, attendees will also get a chance to check some of the talented dancers and hula students, who will be performing live prior to the contest.

The Age Group Performances Will Be As Followed:

  • Solo: Keiki (ages 3 – 11)

  • Solo: Teens (ages 12 – 18)

  • Solo: Open (ages 19 and over)

  • Group: Open to groups of two or more, up to 10 performers max



  • Grand Champion: A $500 scholarship and a $500 gift certificate will be presented to first place from each of the four categories.

  • Most Valuable Player: One winner will be selected to perform at the Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii.

  • KZOO Radio Prize: One winner will be selected to have their song broadcast for the entire year on KZOO Radio.

  • Finalist Prizes: First place finishers from each division will receive a ukulele from Kanilea; second and third place will receive honorable mention prizes.

  • Special Jury Prize: This prize will be awarded to one contestant among all finalists for their use and mastery of Hawaiian mele (song) in the Hawaiian language.


On February 15, 2020, competitors and attendees alike will converge on International Market Place (1st Level) Queen's Court Stage in Honolulu, HI. The competition starts at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM.


There will be a hula show after the competition featuring performances by student hula dancers from Japan and professional hula dancers from Hawaii. This merger between Japanese and Hawaiian culture is one of the express purposes of the contest. If you’re a lover of either or both Japanese and Hawaiian cultures, then this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Nearby Accommodations

If you’re traveling from out of town, make your trip into a mini-vacation! There are many fun Hawaiian resort hotels in Honolulu that are located on the beach. Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with family, Hawaii is a great place to kick back and relax.

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a popular choice for people looking for total relaxation. This hotel offers guests a luxurious experience, with world-class dining, an award-winning spa, and many cultural activities so you can learn about the Hawaiin way of life.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is located on the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki. Its lavish grounds include five pools, multiple waterslides, fun resort activities, and a Waikiki starlight luau.


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