General Information

  • HawaiiCon is a family friendly event. Content should not go beyond PG-13.
  • Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc.
  • No excessive violence.
  • No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.
  • No nudity—ALL costumes must adhere to the official HawaiiCon rules.\
  • Be clever, not crass! If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.
  • If you have a question about your costume or content, please feel free to ask the HawaiiCon Staff if it is allowable.
  • You may surprise the audience, but NEVER SURPRISE THE CREW.
  • No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.
  • No messy substances—wet, dry, or oily— on stage.
  • No jumping on or off stage—please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
  • Entrants must abide by the Convention weapons policy. All weapons must be peace bonded and approved. Pointing weapons at anyone not in your Cosplay group will NOT be tolerated. The Cosplay Coordinator must approve any actions involving weapons.
  • Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.
  • If, for whatever reason, one contestant is removed from group cosplay competition for any violation, the entire group may be disqualified as well depending on the situation.
  • All decisions made by the Cosplay Coordinator or Programming Director are final and may only be changed by a formal challenge though the HawaiiCon Board.

Contest Eligibility

  • All participants must have a HawaiiCon 2016 badge.
  • All participants must read and agree to follow all rules of the Cosplay Contest.
  • By registering for the Cosplay contest, all participants agree to allow HawaiiCon to use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video. Photographs of winning entries will   be shown on the HawaiiCon website and social media.
  • All convention policies must be upheld during the entirety of the Cosplay competition. Anyone breaking HawaiiCon rules will be disqualified and reported to Operations.
  • HawaiiCon regular staff may enter Cosplay contest as long as staff-related responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • HawaiiCon Board members may not compete in the Cosplay Contest.

How to Enter

  • Sign-up for the HawaiiCon 2016 Cosplay competition will take place at the Registration desk. Sign-ups must be completed by 3:00PM on the day of the contest.
  • The total number of performances that will be allowed this year will be 20 Skits and 20 walk-ons.
  • The total number of Costume Construction contestants will be 15 Individual entrants.
  • Those entered in the Costume Construction category may also be entered in performance categories.
  • All entries are taken on a first come, first served basis. If all entry slots are full, there will be a waiting list for additional entrants who may be called in if anyone drops out or is disqualified.
  • Entrants are required to attend the Pre-Meeting, the Technical Rehearsal, and to show up at the requested time for the contest itself. Costume Construction judging is required if and only if an entrant has chosen to have costume construction judged. Entrants who miss any of these events will be disqualified. The official schedule for times and locations of REQUIRED Cosplay Meetings and activities will be given at the time of registration. All contestants will appear on stage during the contest to show their costumes to the audience.

Judging for Original Star Trek Category

  • All entrants will have a walk-on performance to show their costumes.
  • The judges are free to give as many or as few awards as they choose.
  • Costumes will be judged according to the accurate representation of costume designs worn by characters of the Original Star Trek series.
  • Star Trek uniforms will not be entered for judging.
  • Reference pictures WILL be required. Do not assume judges know your costume or character! You will be required to turn in pictures upon registration.
  • Purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will not be allowed to enter the contest. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume needs to have been constructed by the creator of the costume.

Judging for General Competition

  • All entrants will appear on stage—either a walk-on, a traditional skit or dance skit.
  • Each contestant will appear in only one stage performance.
  • Entrants may enter both the Performance and Costume Construction categories.
  • The judges are free to give as many or as few awards as they choose.
  • "Performance" and "Costume Construction" judging are entirely separate categories.

Performance

  • Performances will be judged based on the performance of the whole group.
  • Performance awards are granted to the entries that have shown excellent stage presentation.
  • There are 2 types of Performances:
  1. Individual skit or dance– For traditional skits in which the main activities include characters talking to each other and acting out a scene, duration may be UP TO 1 minute and 30 seconds. For skits in which most of the performance is dancing, duration may be UP TO 2 minutes.
  2. Group exhibition performance – Group skits or poses are limited to five participants. Skits may be UP TO 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Costumes not entered in the Construction judging do not have to be self-made. See below for Costume Construction requirements.
  • Pre-recorded music and dialogue are preferred and strongly encouraged, but not required
    • HawaiiCon is not responsible for damage to or loss of CDs or any other media.
    • Clearly label your CD or USB stick with group name and Skit Title.
    • One track is preferred; we cannot change tracks or start in the middle of a track.
    • Music and dialogue MUST be clear to hear. The preferred encoding is MP3 format, 128 kbps, 44.1 Khz.
    • We will not play or rip music off portable MP3 players, such as iPods or cell phones.
  • Leave the stage as clean as it was when you set foot on it. Arrange to remove all items you brought on stage at the end of your presentation. If you have a particularly intricate presentation, we recommend you recruit your own stage ninjas.

Costume Construction

  • The Costume construction awards are based on the following factors:
    • Adaptation:
      • Accurate representation of your costume to the character design.
      • Skill in scale and body fit adaptation.
      • Resemblance to character shown in documentation
    • Overall Construction:
      • Use of materials, construction methods and durability.
      • Use of appropriate or innovative methods and applications.
    • Extra points may be awarded at the Judges' discretion for construction done above and beyond the normal effort expected for a costume.
  • All costumes from all genres and media are accepted.
  • Reference pictures WILL be required. The pictures should reveal different views of the character (i.e. front, back, sides). Do not assume judges know your costume or character! You will be required to turn in pictures at registration.
  • Commissioned, purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will not be allowed to enter the Costume Construction portion of the contest. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume needs to have been constructed by the creator of the costume