Island Idol contestants hit the stage at Windward Mall
The top four contestants took center stage Saturday at Windward Mall.
HONOLULU (KITV) -
Dozens auditioned, but only one can become Hawaii's Island Idol. The top four contestants took center stage Saturday at Windward Mall.
First up in the spotlight was Hilo's very own Kaniala Masoe.
"I'm just really overwhelmed, really exciting. I'm really blessed to be a part of this competition," said Masoe.
The 33-year-old lives on Maui, with his wife and their six children.
Where together they perform at various community events, parties, and a weekly luau show. Masoe says there is nothing more rewarding than to do what he loves with the ones he loves.
"I'd like to represent Hawaii in a good way. Wherever I play my music, I have lot of fun with it," Masoe went on to say.
Youngest contestant,18-year-old Kiani Alvarez-Ranan recently graduated from Kapolei High School and already is making all the right moves.
"I've always wanted to make singing a career for me and this is the start of it," said Alvarez-Ranan.
Strumming to her own beat-she wowed the crowed with an original song she wrote called "Fool."
No stranger to the stage-Bridge Hartman is a student studying English and Performing Arts at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Hartman usually works backstage, but this performer is belting his heart out front and center.
"I want to do this for a living, this is my passion," said Hartman.
The 23-year-old recently lost his grandfather, but says music has been key in the healing process.
"These are the types of things I would tell him about so I really feel close to him right now," Hartman said.
Contestant Trishnalei discovered her love for music early on.
She grew up in a musically inclined family, performing, singing and writing her own music.
Stepping out as solo artist, she wants to show her two daughters that if you work hard and take risks, all things in life are attainable.
"I'm just looking forward to where ever this takes me," said Trishnalei.