2011 Hoku Awards nominees announced

Apr. 18, 2011 | 17 Comments


Star-Advertiser File

Amy Hanaiali’i performs at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards at the Hawaii Convention Center.

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

Ledward Kaapana and Amy Hanaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i, two of this year’s five Grammy Award-finalists in the now-defunct Best Hawaiian Music Album category, are again among the front-runners as the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) announces the finalists in 22 categories for the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Kaapana is a finalist in three categories including Male Vocalist of the Year. The sextet — Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Dennis Kamakahi, Elmer “Sonny” Lim Jr., Chino Montero, Cyril Pahinui, and Jeff Peterson — is a finalist in four categories; Peterson is also a finalist in “Song of the Year,” a category where the award goes to the composer rather than the recording artist.

Three Grammy finalists from previous years are also front-runners. Raiatea Helm and Keola Beamer, Grammy finalists as solo artists, are finalists in four categories for last year’s “Keola Beamer & Raiatea,” a spin-off of an earlier Hoku Award-winning music video. Beamer is also up for a solo “Song of the Year” award.

Willie K, a Grammy finalist in 2005 for his duet album with Gilliom, is a finalist in three categories including Male Vocalist of the Year.

The tallies could change when the finalists in the three technical categories – Engineering, Graphics and Liner Notes – are announced later.

The HARA membership determines the winners in 24 categories. The winner in the Favorite Entertainer category is determined by public vote. Winners in two Hawaiian language categories are selected by a panel of specialists in Hawaiian song writing.

The winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 29 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Call 593-9424 or go to www.nahokuhanohano.org.

34th Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

» Where: Kalakaua Ballroom, Hawai‘i Convention Center
» When: 4 p.m. May 29 (no-host cocktails at 4 p.m., dinner at 5:15 p.m., awards presentation begins at 5:30 p.m., live broadcast starts at 7 p.m.)
» Cost: $150 general admission, $135 “kama‘aina” w/ID, $125 HARA members
» Info: (808) 593-9424

2011 Hoku Nominees

Most Promising Artist(s)
» The Green – “The Green”
» Heart & Soul – “Take it Easy”
» CJ Helekahi – “Ka Mahina”
» Michael Keale – “Remember”
» Mark Yamanaka – “Lei Pua Kenikeni”

Female Vocalist of the Year
» ‘Anelaikalani – “E Mau No”
» Kainani Kahaunaele – “Oha Ula”
» Kiani – “Kiani”
» Napua Makua – “Mohalu”
» Sistah Robi – “An Island Christmas”

Male Vocalist of the Year
» Willie K – “Willie Wonderland”
» Ledward Kaapana – “The Legend”
» John Keawe – “Play with Me Papa”
» Kenneth Makuakane – “Kawaipono”
» Mark Yamanaka – “Lei Pua Kenikeni”

Group of the Year
» Keola Beamer & Raiatea Helm – “Keola Beamer & Raiatea”
» Amy Hänaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters – “Amy Hänaiali‘i and the Slack Key Master of Hawai‘i”
» Kumz – “On the Summit”
» Kupaoa – “English Rose”
» Manoa DNA – “Evolution”

Album of the Year (Artist and Producer’s Award)
» Amy Hanaiali‘i and the Slack Key Masters of Hawaii’i – “Amy Hanaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i”
» The Best of Na Palapalai – “Na Palapalai”
» English Rose – “Kupaoa”
» Keola Beamer & Raiatea – Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm”
» Lei Pua Kenikeni – “Mark Yamanaka”
» Ohai Ula – “Kainani Kahaunaele”

Song of the Year (Composer’s Award)
» “Eia Ke Aloha” by Kainani Kahaunaele (from “Ohai Ula”)
» “English Rose” by Kellen Paik (from “English Rose”)
» “Kahealani” by Jeff Peterson (from “Amy Hanaiali‘i and the Slack Key Masters of Hawai’i”)
» “Kaleoonalani” by Mark Yamanaka (from “Lei Pua Kenikeni”)
» “You Somebody” by Keola Beamer (from “Keola Beamer & Raiatea”)

Single of the Year
» “Hawaiian Cowboy: Hailama Farden’s Tribute to Uncle Sol K. Bright” – Hailama Farden
» “He Lei Kaulana” – Na Palapalai
» “Ka Lei Momi” – Kenneth Makuakäne and Joseph Keola Donaghy
» “Moon Over Diamond Head” – Bryan Kessler featuring Robi Kahakalau
» “This Child” – Kanohowailuku Helm

Extended Play Release of the Year
» “Analogic” – Analogic
» “Band Champ” – JP Band
» “Hawaiian Girls” – Talk to You Music (TTYM)
» “Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop” – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends
» “Ukulele Serenade” – Tyler Gilman

Anthology of the Year (Producer’s Award)
» “The Best of Na Palapalai,” Na Palapalai – Shawn Pimental, producer
» “Island Love,” Various Artists – Jon de Mello, producer
» “Marlene Sai Legacy,” Marlene Sai – Mikihala LLC, producer
» “Music of Chucky Boy Chock Vol. 1, Chucky Boy Chock” – Chucky Boy Chock and Krash Kealoha, producers
» “Pekelo Classics, Pekelo” – Lui Burgess and Tim Mathre, producers

Christmas Album of the Year
» “An Island Christmas with Sista Robi” – Sistah Robi
» “Seasons Greetings from Soul Sound” – Various Artists
» “An Ukulele Christmas” – Various Artists
» “Willie Wonderland” ­– Willie K

Compilation of the Year (Producer’s Award)
» “Kona” – Dave Tucciarone, producer
» “Na Haku Mele: The Hawaiian Songwriters” – Koji Hirai, Kenneth Makuakäne, Aaisuke Yoshime Keli‘i Tau‘ä, Kainani Kahaunaele, Cody Pueo Pata, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Puakea Nogelmeier, Julia Ako, Carlos Andrade, Keawe Lopes, Hailama Farden, Nathan Aweau, Nathan Kalama, Advid Kauahikaua, Keola Donaghy, and O‘Brian Eselu, producers
» “Practicing Aloha: Songs of Cindy Paulos” – Cindy Paulos, Fulton Tashombe, Carl Lange, producers
» “Tribute to Na Lani ‘Eha: Music of the Hawaiian Monarchy” – C.T. Kata Maduli, producer
» “Wahine” – Ululoa Productions, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year
» “Evolution” – Manoa DNA
» “Forevermore” – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson
» “Slackin’ On Dylan” – Stephen Inglis
» “Take It Easy” – Heart & Soul
» “Vamonos De Fiesta (Let’s Go Party)” – Rolando Sanchez

Hawaiian Album of the Year
» “Kawaipono” – Kenneth Makuakane
» “Lei Pua Kenikeni” – Mark Yamanaka
» “Mohalu” – Napua Makua
» “Ohai Ula” – Kainani Kahaunaele
» “On the Summit” – Kumz

Instrumental Album of the Year
» “Hawaiian Steel Vol. 6″ – Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen and Greg Sardinha
» “Hawaiian Style Ukulele 2″ – Troy Fernandez
» “Simply Steel: Songs of Old Hawai‘i” – Alan Akaka
» “Ukulele Nahenahe” – Herb Ohta, Jr.
» “Ukulele Summit” – Kenneth Makuakäne

Island Music Album of the Year
» “Amy Hanaiali‘i and the Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i” – Amy Hanaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i
» “English Rose” – Kupaoa
» “Ka Mahina” – CJ Helekahi
» “Keola Beamer & Raiatea” – Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm
» “Remember” – Michael Keale

Jazz Album of the Year
» “All That Hawaiian Jazz” – Paul Shimomoto
» “Django Would Go” – Hot Club of Hulaville
» “Golden Sun” – Phil & Angela Benoit
» “Live Volume Five” – The Olliephonic Horns
» “Pacific Tinge” – Crosscurrent

R&B / Hip-Hop
» “Aloha from Hawaii” – Angry Locals
» “Beyond Paradise” – I.A.
» “Blue Room” – Siaosi
» “Coconut Wireless” – Kepa Cruse
» “Grown” – Brysen G.

Reggae Album of the Year
» “Conscious Roots” – Conscious Roots
» “Best of the Typical Hawaiians: Good Times Galore” – Typical Hawaiians
» “Determined” – Kawao
» “The Green” – The Green
» “Kiani” – Kiani
» “Rock Easy” – Maoli

Religious Album of the Year
» “Eyes of a Stranger” – Malia Lee
» “Fixated” – Daniel Lehman
» “Golden Street” – Barrett and Tara Awai
» “Prodigal Sun” – Kenneth Makuakäne
» “Somewhwere Up Ahead: Gospel Hymns of Hawaii, Vol. II” – Ata Damasco
» “Still Standing” – HHB

Rock Album of the Year
» “Dust for Angels” – Friends of Adam
» “Hawk and the Hunter” – Sabrina
» “Respect” – 86 List
» “Revisited” – Donovan Frankenreiter
» “Rumbletone” – Rumbletone
» “Stream Dreams” – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year
» “Hanalei Tradition II: Live at Hale Halawai Ohana o Hanalei” – Doug and Sandy McMaster
» “Kuu Honua Mele” – Patrick Landeza
» “The Legend” – Ledward Kaapana
» “Pine Tree Slack Key” – Pancho Graham
» “Play With Me Papa” – John Keawe

Favorite Entertainer (determined by public vote)
» Amy Hanaiali‘i and the Slack Key Masters
» Troy Fernandez
» Willie K
» Ledward Kaapana
» Kainani Kahaunaele
» Keola Beamer & Raiatea Helm
» Kupaoa
» Napua Makua
» Herb Ohta, Jr.
» Mark Yamanaka

Technical Categories

Graphics
Finalists determined by separate panels of experts; winners determined by HARA members’ vote
» Wailani Artates — “Mohalu,” Napua Makua (Pihana)
» Jon de Mello and Keith Usher — “Keola Beamer and Raiatea,” Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm (Starscape/Raiatea Helm)
» Kamea Hadar and Blaine Mateo — “The Green,” The Green (SheeHandsome Devil)
» B. Kanai’a Nakamura — “Kona,” Various Artists (Ua Mau)
» Sonny Silva — “Django Would Go,” Hot Club of Hulaville (Hulaville)

Liner Notes
Finalists determined by separate panels of experts; winners determined by HARA members’ vote
» J.W. Junker and Chris Orrall — “The Legendary Atta Isaacs Innovative Slack Key Master,” Atta Isaacs (HanaOla)
» Aaron Mahi — “Kona,” Various Artists (Ua Mau)
» Puakea Nogelmeier, Kalikolihau Hannahs-Paik and Kellen Paik — “English Rose,” Kupaoa (Hulu Kupaoa)
» Harry B. Soria Jr. and Lynn Cook — “Django Would Go,” Hot Club of Hulaville (Hulaville)
» Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman — “Ancient Hula Hawaiian Style: Hula Kuahu,” Various Artists (HanaOla)

Haku Mele (Composer’s Award)
Finalists and winners determined by separate panels of experts
» “Aia I Ka Malu” — Ka’enaaloha Hopkins and Michael Casupang, from “On The Summit,” KuMZ (Kauakako)
» “Ka ‘Oiwi Hua Nani Keaukaha” — Manaiakalani Kalua, from “Mohalu,” Napua Makua (Pihana)
» “Kaleionehu,” — Pilahi Paki, Irmgard Farden Aluli and Hailama Farden, from “Na Haku Mele O Hawai’i,” various artists (Makuakane)
» “Ka ‘Ala O Kamaile,” — Puakea Nogelmeier, from “Na Haku Mele O Hawai’i,” various artists (Makuakane)
» “‘Ohai ‘Ula,” — Kainani Kahaunaele, from “Ohai Ula,” Kainani Kahaunaele (Koops2)
» “Pua’ala,” — Kainani Kahaunaele, from “Ohai Ula,” Kainani Kahaunaele (Koops2)

Hawaiian Language Performance (Artist Award)
Finalists and winners determined by separate panels of experts
» Kainani Kahaunaele — “Ohai Ula” (Koops2)
» KuMZ — “On The Summit” (Kauakoko)
» Kupaoa — “English Rose” (Hulu Kupuna)
» Napua Makua — “Mohalu” (Pihana)
» Kenneth Makuakane — ‘Kawaipono” (Makuakane)
» Mark Yamanaka — “Lei Pua Kenikeni” (Huly Kupuna)

Engineering
Finalists and winners determined by separate panels of experts
» Milan Bertosa — “Evolution,” Manoa DNA (ASFI)
» Kenneth Makuakane — “Kawaipono,” Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane)
» Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James — “Hawaiian Girls,” TTYM: Talk To You Music (TTYM)
» Rolando Sanchez and Dave Tucciarone — “Vamonos de Fiesta (Let’s Go Party),” Rolando Sanchez (RSCD)
» Dave Tucciarone — “Lana’i I Ka Hanohano,” Na Palapalai (Hula Kupuna)

  • http://twitter.com/salsahawaii1 Rolando Sanchez

    IM very honored to have my New CD “Vamonos de Fiesta” Nominated for comtemporary album of he year…Mahalo!!!

  • Cyril

    Lookin forward to seeing everyone there! I’ll be wearing Pikaki….Maybe I can out do Kuana Torres Kahele and Kapulanakehau Tamure – Na Palapalai……this year… What was that 30 strands????

  • Cyril

    E kalamai forgot the pic…..

  • Melegirl

    Wow, So Many Talented Hawaiian Artists to Cheer For !

  • Eagle_kehopu

    dis is fo cj helekahi or as we kno him as BOOMBOOM! haha luv u brada i always knew you had da gift! big props from me kehopu an ur classmates of 91 hana high!

  • Kaleolani Fitzgerald

    This array of Hawai’ian talent will show that in each catagory , unlike those awards given out in L.A. , that the many hard working locals will blow out the lights on the night of the Hoku’s. Justice will be done and all of Hawai’i ‘s hoku’s will shine brightly and receive recognition that is due them.

    Kaleolani F.

  • Paul Shimomoto

    So honored that my CD “All That Hawaiian Jazz” is nominated for Jazz Album of the Year! Very blessed and privileged to be among the best in Hawaiian music! See you all there!!!

  • Paul Shimomoto

    So honored that my CD “All That Hawaiian Jazz” is nominated for Jazz Album of the Year! Very blessed and privileged to be among the best in Hawaiian music! See you all there!!!

  • Makana

    Kepa Kruse – Coconut Wireless for best R&B/Hip Hop album!!! Cheehee!!!

  • Sonny Silva

    Aloha,
    I never ever imagined being anywhere near a Na Hoku Hanohano event award… Always just watching it on TV or in the papers. Certainly to be nominated and then to be a finalist in the Jazz Album of the Year for the Hot Club of Hulaveille’s “Django Would Go!” is a script I could never have dreamed… Just getting to be in the same program with all my heroes is a thrill and honor that cannot be explained…

  • Cameronsantacruz

    Rumbletone rocks! With the island freshness, warmth of the Hawaiian sun, and the true spirit of rock and roll. Good luck to all of the nominees.

  • Gillyala

    I’d vote for Troy Fernandez anytime. This guy kept the ukulele prominent when it wasn’t cool to do so. He deserves a lot of credit for this in addition to his awesome talent.

  • Alula85

    what about the haku mele category?

  • Friendsofthewhiteman

    racist

  • Sonny Silva

    I don’t understand that last comment… It must be out of context…

  • Bbax2001

     keola and raiatea’s album is unbelievable  especially the song to his mom,  wake up! this album was from the heart

  • http://twitter.com/aluckygrrl Alexis

    loving this girl:)http://anuheajams.com/photos.asp