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Uplifting and Inspiring Ukulele Vibes from the Aloha State

This 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Spotlight sets its sights on a duo from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. The pair performed an original song titled “Bruddas,” a catchy, upbeat tune you’re likely to find yourself humming along to, possibly even hours after you’ve finished listening.

The duo chose to keep the focus of the performance on the strumming hand of the ukulele player, the melodic voice of the singer offscreen, yet equally captivating.

“An amazing message about brotherhood, and how it fuels your fight to keep going,” commented one Selection Committee member, giving the performance top scores for creativity and talent.

Another member clearly found the song hit the right notes for the both the season and the tropical island home of the talented duo, calling it a “summer ’22 vibe!”

We thank this creative pair for sharing their talent and congratulate them on being selected as finalists.

Watch the video here.

The annual PbS Kids Got Talent Contest invites all young people in PbS facilities and programs across the country to submit their talents for a chance to show off their skills. This year, Performance-based Standards (PbS) received 55 entries from 63 young people in 8 states and 22 different facilities. After careful consideration, 12 finalist performances were selected and shared with the Kids Got Talent Selection Committee.

Each of the 12 performances will be featured in the 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight blog over the coming weeks as our committee determines a solo winner and a group winner. The winners will be selected based on creativity, stage presence and talent. The winning soloist will perform live at the PbS Awards Night in August.


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About the author

Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy is a program assistant for the PbS Learning Institute. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has extensive experience in writing, editing, and content creation for private, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. A published novelist with three book club favorites from Simon & Schuster, Lisa’s writing can be found in numerous literary journals, print, and online publications.

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