Penaloza, Cantiberos-Ontiveros crowned Jr. Hawaiian Idols

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Second time competitors Leilana Penaloza and Tia Cantiberos-Ontiveros were crowned the Jr. Hawaiian Idols in late April.

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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.

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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. ■