COURTESY ALOHA INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
Evan Lin, left, Ray Cheng and son Scottie Cheng listen to comments from Steven Graff, a judge at the piano festival.
Previous winners of Aloha Piano Competition take top spots again
Winners of the Aloha International Piano Competition were Evan Lin at the high school level and Irwin Jang at the college level.
Both Evan, 13, an eighth-grader at Punahou School, and Irwin, 17, a recent Saint Louis High School graduate, won their age divisions last year, so this year had to compete in the next-highest age level.
Evan studies with Joanna Fan; Erwin with Ellen Masaki.
Other winners in the June 14 competition:
Level A (ages 6 to 8): Lauren Nguyen, first; Preston Ku, second; Clarise Huang, third; Josette Huang and Eugene Son, honorable mention
Level B (ages 9 to 11): Kiana Canicosa-Miles, first; Kai Wong, second; Lawrence Ong, third; Sophia Benz and Andy Lam, honorable mention
Junior Level (ages 12 to 14): Mayu Koshio, first; Annie Kwock, second; Tyler Ramos, third; Scottie Cheng and Harrison Oshiro, honorable mention
High School Level (ages 15 to 18): Alda Lam and Benjamin Watkins, second; Laura Bleakly, third; Rachel Stanton, honorable mention
Young Artist (college age): Heejin Kang, second