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by Janel Foster, staff writer

 

“Best of the best,” were the words used to describe “Da Freakshow” held at the Hawai‘i Theatre on Mar. 5.
Da Freakshow, in it’s fourth year, opened with “Surrender” by Cheap Trick performed by a combination of students and professors calling themselves Dogs of Love.
Eleven groups of students performed in the show, some of whom had been developing their talent their entire lives, while others took a mere two months to prepare.
The performers competed in four different categories and were judged by Erin Aalseth, Joseph Barrientos, Sharon Manibog, John Kearns, and Mike Stoudmire. Da Freakshow committee invited one administrator, one staff member, one faculty member and two students to be on the judging panel, to include a variety of perspectives.
The resident advisors took most of the awards, including: Most Artistic, Most Creative and Original, Best Crowd Appeal, and First Place Overall with a prize of $500. Their dance routine, set to different songs ranging from the 1950s to the present, brought people in the audience to their feet with laughter and applause.
Kanekoa Crabbe won Best Raw Talent for his rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole’s “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” while singing and playing the ukulele.
K-Town Rockerz Crew won the second place over all for their break-dance routine. The youngest member is known professionally as “Lil Demon”, who appeared on So You Think You Can Dance.
Third place winners, Jeffery James and Lisa Shapiro, took the $100 prize for singing “Just Friends”/”Turn Your Lights Down Low” Medley.
“ I did it (Da Freakshow) my freshman year and saw friends participating my sophomore year so I decided to try again,” said James, a junior communication student who played the guitar while Shapiro sang.
In between acts a raffle was held, and T-shirts, HPU bags, gift cards, a digital camera, and an iPod we given.
Lina Girl from KCCN-FM 100, Sharky, and Kerk Allen hosted the event.

 

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