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crowned Hawaiian Idol HERE HE IS WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017 | 3 Kailiwai-Ching From left: Carley-Ann Taylor (Jr. Hawaiian Idol 2017 third place), Cleselle Espejo (Jr. Hawaiian Idol second place), Jr. Hawaiian Idol Winner 2017 Tia Cantiberos- Ontiveros (age 14-20 cateogry) and Leimakamai Freitas, who won Jr. Hawaiian Idol winner in 2016. WEST HAWAII TODAY Hawaiian Idol finalists are shown April 29 at KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona. COURTESY PHOTOS/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY Jacob Kaumualii Kailiwai- Ching was crowned Hawaiian Idol following finals held April 29 at KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona. Kailiwai-Ching will receive more than $3,000 in cash and prizes including $500 cash from Kona Brewing Co., airfare and lodging expenses to take part in the Talent Quest National Karaoke Contest at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. The competition is slated Sept. 10 to 17, said Summer Carrick, marketing director for KBXtreme, which sponsored the 14th annual competition along with Kona Brewing Co. and KWXXFM. Kailiwai-Ching will also receive performance outfitting by Wahine Toa Designs, hair by 101 Salon & Spa, and a Zip and Dip trip for two by KapohoKine Adventures. “Well, it was definitely a long and eventful night at the 14th annual Hawaiian Idol competition! I just wanna thank everyone who supported all of us who sang our hearts out on stage. I am honored to say that I am ‘The Hawaiian Idol.’ I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this if it weren’t for the support from my family and friends!,” Kailiwai-Ching said after the win. Kailiwai-Ching then went on to make the night even more special, closing the show with a proposal. “I love all of you! I also want to send a special and eternal love and thanks to the love of my life. Momi DeLeon- Dinson you have done nothing but love me and support me with no hesitation. There’s no other woman who I would rather spend the rest of my life with! I can officially say that you, my love, are my fiancée. I love you babe. Mahalo again everyone. Ke aloha loa.” Royce Desilva, who placed second, won a Sunshine Helicopters tour for two, and a Zip and Dip trip for two from Kapohokine Adventures. Third place Hawaiian Idol winner Grace Vallez won a Zip & Dip trip for two from Kapohokine Adventures. Tee Lubguban and Kiona Boyd finished in the top five this year, receiving a three-hour bowling party for six. Hawaiian Idol is a free month-long competition showcasing the Big Island’s finest karaoke stars, with one being crowed Hawaiian Idol to represent the Big Island on the big stage in Nevada. For the first 12 years, the event showcased the best adult karaoke stars from KBXtreme’s XFactor Karaoke Lounge sending the winner to the national competition in Nevada. In its 13th year, the sponsors began working with community partners to build a program to showcase younger island talent in the first-ever Jr. Hawaiian Idol. Info: www.kbxtreme.com or email info@kbxtreme.com. ■ Jacob Kaumualii Kailiwai-Ching was crowned Hawaiian Idol XIV following finals held April 29. He subsequently proposed to his girlfriend, Momi DeLeon-Dinson. Penaloza, Cantiberos- Ontiveros crowned Jr. Hawaiian Idols BY CHELSEA JENSEN WEST HAWAII TODAY cjensen@westhawaiitoday.com Second time competitors Leilana Penaloza and Tia Cantiberos- Ontiveros were crowned the Jr. Hawaiian Idols in late April. Penaloza, 13, took the crown for the 8-13 age group while Cantiberos- Ontiveros, 19, took the crown for the 14-20 age group following finals held April 29. Jr. Each also received $125 cash from Hawaiian Queen Coffee, family luau tickets by Island Breeze Productions and a three-hour bowling party for six at KBXtreme. Second place went to Cleselle Espejo and Kahai Hai-Kelly with each winning $50 from Hawaiian Queen Coffee and a three-hour bowling party for six. Third-place winners Carley- Ann Taylor and Audrey Poggensee received $25 and complimentary bowling. Espejo was also the fan favorite award winner, receiving the most fan votes among Jr. and adult Hawaiian Idol entrants. Jr. Hawaiian Idol, for kids and young adults ages 8-20, was held first in 2016 to give younger adults a “stage” of their own after many requests. ■


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