• Registration Info

    Cosplay contest sign-ups open Saturday morning and will
    continue until Sunday at noon! The contests will be held on Sunday afternoon.


    The  Division will be broken into 3 categories by age:

    Kids 0-12 years of age

    Teens 13-18years of age

    Adult 18+  years of age



    Contestants will be judged in the following criteria: workmanship, Overall appearance, originality and stage presence.


  • Prizes:

    - There will only be 1st place winners for each division. 1st place winner prize will be $100

    - Best in show overall will be the grand prize that all three divisions compete for. If a person gets nominated for first place in any division they cannot get nominated for best in show overall. Best in show overall should be kept for the person who is the best of them all. Best in show will get $200 and a trophy.



All participants must be registered attendees of Hawaii Pop Con 2023 

All costumes must conform to convention, jurisdiction, and state guidelines for public decency. Shoes are required.

Profanity and obscene and/or lewd gestures are simply not allowed.

Costumes and presentation shall not be used as a political, religious, etc. statement.

Surprises are not allowed. Participants shall not jump off the stage.

Participants must complete the registration form and sign the waiver to participate.

Hawaii Pop Con! reserves the right to have the final word on all decisions.


Costumes larger than a standard door frame require pre-approval. 

Only one entry allowed per person.

Participation includes going before judges during a scheduled time slot as well as walking across the stage during the Anime Magic! Cosplay Contest event.

Do not wear or use anything that will damage, destroy, or ruin the costume(s) of other attendants. 

Costumes must be self-contained. No connections to electricity, water, amps, projection, PA’s, etc. will be provided nor available.

Primarily store-bought or commissioned costumes will not be considered.

Contestants are encouraged to notify Hawaii Pop Con if their costume has restricted movement, vision, or is otherwise bulky so we can best accommodate you.

Contestants are also encouraged to inform Hawaii Pop Con if they themselves have any physical or visual impairments that would require accommodations for
walking on stage.

Cosplay contest staff reserve the right to disqualify or remove anyone for any logical reason, including but not limited to: cheating, inappropriate behavior at the convention, and offensive cosplays.



Those found to be in violation of these rules will be reprimanded.

Live steel is not allowed. This includes real swords, knives, blades, guns, etc. Prop blades must be fake and dull.

No real weapons whatsoever, including airsoft guns. Prop weapons must be obviously fake. Prop firearms must have an orange tip with no projectiles
loaded. All ranged weapons may not be tightly strung. Ammunition may not be carried onstage.

Live projectiles are not allowed. Objects may not be thrown into the audience. 

Replicas may not be pointed in the direction of another human being. 

Fire, flames, explosives, flash powder, smoke, lasers, etc. are not allowed.

Electronic flashes are only permitted with pre-approval.

No smoke or vapor of any kind will be allowed.