“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
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
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