Calling All Big Island Songwriters – Open Mic Contest


The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival will be holding their annual Open Mic Songwriting Contest competition starting April 30 in Hilo. There will be three opportunities for Big Island songwriters to perform an original song, and the winners will be chosen from each open mic night for a final competition at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Sunday, May 27 at 4 pm.

There’s no admission or entry fee required, and only one original song is allowed per performer. It’s a first come, first served sign-up at each venue, and each performer is given an allotted time to performer their song.

The final winner will receive free attendance to the 2018 Hawai’i Songwriting Festival and gear from Soundwave Music.

The Open Mic Songwriting Contest will take place at the following venues.

April 30, 2018 – Wednesday 7:30 pm – Hilo
Hilo Town Tavern
168 Keawe St, Hilo
(808) 935-2171

May 1, 2018 – Tuesday 6:30 pm – Waimea
Big Island Brewhaus
64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea
(808) 887-1717

May 3, 2018 – Thursday 6:30 pm – Kona
Kona Brew Company Pub & Brewery
74-5612 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona
(808) 334-2739

Final Competition
May 27, 2018 – Sunday 4 pm – Waimea
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Road
(808) 885-6868

For more information on the open mic contest visit:\

To register for the 2018 Hawaii Songwriting Festival (July 19-21) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel (Kohala coast): please visit:

About the Hawaii Songwriting Festival

The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival is a celebration of the art & craft of songwriting, with an emphasis on collaboration, education, and music for film/TV. Songwriters of all levels from all walks of life come together to connect with each other and music professionals from Hawai’i, the mainland, and beyond. Whether you are a beginning songwriter or an experienced writer with placements and publishing deals, at the Hawai’i Songwriting Festival you will learn a ton, expand your network, and get your creative batteries charged up!

The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival is unique from other music conferences because its small size and the relaxed island atmosphere create an intimate experience where amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between can develop meaningful relationships through the one thing that unites us all: music.

Through songwriting workshops, seminars, small group sessions, panels, speed mentoring meetings, and nightly open mic, we provide real, meaningful access to professional songwriters, producers, musicians, film and TV music supervisors, production library owners, music publishers, attorneys, music business consultants, and more.  Each person is handpicked to join our staff because they are passionate about giving back to the songwriting community, they are excited to share their knowledge with others, and they are eager to connect with you!

Featured image by Iñaki del Olmo. 



1 Comment

  1. Would like to attend songwriting workshop/contest in Kona or Waimea in this new year 2019. Can please include me on mailing list for info for these events? Mahalo!

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