Wahiawa resident wins Bruno Mars photo contest

Apr. 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Wahiawa resident Madeline Mendes' winning image of Bruno Mars on stage at Blaisdell Arena. (Courtesy Madeline Mendes)

Wahiawa resident Madeline Mendes’ winning image of Bruno Mars on stage at Blaisdell Arena. (Courtesy Madeline Mendes)

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Last weekend was a “blessing” for Wahiawa resident Madeline Mendes, who not only got to see Bruno Mars perform live at Blaisdell Arena — she got to see the Hawaii-born pop superstar twice, scoring tickets for concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights.

The streak of good fortune continues this week for Mendes, 55, who was picked at random on Tuesday to win the Pulse’s Bruno Mars photo contest. She will receive a $100 PF Chang’s gift card after sending in her favorite photo of Mars on stage at the Blaisdell, a simple shot of the singer onstage with his guitar, basking in the adoration of his hometown fans.

“OMG this is awesome!” she said via email after being notified she won. “What a blessing to win, but it was also a blessing to be able to see Bruno Mars.

“It was my daughter’s 18th birthday, so it was go big or go home … best concert ever!”

Here are a few more select photos submitted by Pulse readers:

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  • Nardia McPhee

    All of them should’ve been winners great pics!