Kids With Big Voices: It’s Time To ‘Sing Out’ For Kahala Mall

Kahala Mall

The crowd came to Kahala Mall in droves to watch last summer’s ‘Sing’ vocal competition for keiki, while the judges (front row) got into a serious mood to evaluate the performances. Photo from Tracy Larrua.

Kahala Mall has extended its entry deadline until June 15 for its “Sing 2012” keiki vocal competition.

Last year’s inaugural event drew a standing-room-only crowd to the mall’s center court as children ages 9 to 18 competed before professional judges for gift certificates and prizes.

This year’s panel includes Lehua Kalima, Hawaii Five-O production supervisor Angela Laprete, ADR Talent agency vice president Naz Anderson and singer-musician Kamakakehau Fernandez.

Hawaii youths must submit a minimum 1-minute YouTube video clip of their talent to be eligible as a contestant. Clips may be emailed to or dropped by to the mall management office by June 15. The 24 semi-finalists will be notified by June 22 in order to prepare for the semifinals at 6 p.m. July 25-26.

Contestants also should include a one-page, double-spaced biography describing the singer as well as all contact information (name, address, phone number and email address).

Semifinalists also must submit a CD with the chosen karaoke song that they wish to perform; it should be 3 minutes or less in length.

The final competition is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, with a special performance by the Colby Benson Band. For more information, call Jessi Everett at 732-7736 or email