Aloha International Piano Festival & Competition

Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

DATES:  June 15 – 22, 2022

AGE:  18 through 29

LOCATION:  Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

PRIZES:  1st Prize – $10,000 and engagement with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in their 2023 – 2024 season.

                 2nd Prize – $5,000 and a solo recital on the Big Island of Hawaii, June 24, 2022

                 3rd Prize – $3,000 and a solo recital on the Big Island of Hawaii, June 24, 2022

                 Ellen Masaki Memorial Prize – $1,000 awarded to 1 semifinalist.

COMPETITION ROUNDS:  The inaugural Ke’alohi International Piano Competition will consist of a preliminary video round and three live rounds in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Up to 15 applicants will be invited to the live competition in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Preliminary video round
  • Round I – Solo recital (up to 15 competitors)
  • Semi-Finals – Concerto with piano accompaniment (6 competitors).  Accompanist will be provided by AIPF.
  • Complete concerto with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (3 competitors)

COMPETITOR ARRIVAL DATE:  All competitors are expected to arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, June 12, 2022.  

ACCOMMODATION:  AIPF will provide hotel accommodation to competitors invited to Honolulu from arrival on June 12, 2022, until date specified by AIPF.  Food, local transportation, and a grand piano for practice will be provided by AIPF.  Entrants eliminated in Round I must vacate the hotel two days after the announcement of the result.  i.e.: entrants eliminated in Round I must vacate the hotel on June 17, 2022, and entrants eliminated in the semifinal round must vacate the hotel on June 21, 2022.  AIPF will cover the cost of airline change fee should such fee incur to entrants leaving Honolulu earlier than their originally scheduled departure date.  Competitors wishing to arrive before June 12, 2022, will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation, practice venue and costs relating to accommodation, food, and transportation.  

TRANSPORTATION:  Competitors are financially responsible for their round-trip air travel to and from Honolulu.


  • All applicants invited to the Competition are responsible for their own travel documents: visas, passports, etc. Please ask the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate for required documents to enter the United States. It may take several weeks to obtain proper travel documents.  If requested, AIPF will provide a letter of invitation for the purpose of obtaining a visa.  
  • Show proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All contestants must give credit in all future publicity for all awards won in the 2022 Ke’alohi International Piano Competition.