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Kahuku-born Iam Tongi crowned ‘American Idol’ winner

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                                “American Idol” Iam Tongi throws the shaka after performing on the show.
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“American Idol” Iam Tongi throws the shaka after performing on the show.

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                                Tongi’s mother, Lillie Tongi, was emotional when emcee Ryan Seacrest interviewed her during the break.
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Tongi’s mother, Lillie Tongi, was emotional when emcee Ryan Seacrest interviewed her during the break.

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                                Family, friends and fans react after Iam Tongi wins the “American Idol” contest during a Sunday watch party held in Hauula.
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Family, friends and fans react after Iam Tongi wins the “American Idol” contest during a Sunday watch party held in Hauula.

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 16
                                “American Idol” contestant Iam Tongi, performs for the huge crowd gathered for his hometown parade and concert at Turtle Bay after being named one of the Top 3 finalists.
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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 16

“American Idol” contestant Iam Tongi, performs for the huge crowd gathered for his hometown parade and concert at Turtle Bay after being named one of the Top 3 finalists.

COURTESY ABC
                                “American Idol” Iam Tongi throws the shaka after performing on the show.
COURTESY ABC
                                Tongi’s mother, Lillie Tongi, was emotional when emcee Ryan Seacrest interviewed her during the break.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Family, friends and fans react after Iam Tongi wins the “American Idol” contest during a Sunday watch party held in Hauula.
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 16
                                “American Idol” contestant Iam Tongi, performs for the huge crowd gathered for his hometown parade and concert at Turtle Bay after being named one of the Top 3 finalists.