HARA to honor 23 with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Dec. 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2012 by awarding a precedent-setting total of 23 Lifetime Achievement Awards to nine individuals and the members of two groups in May. The time and place of the awards presentation have yet to be announced but here are the honorees:

The late Moe Keale will be among those honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year by the Hawaii Association of Recording Arts. (Star-Advertiser File)

The late Moe Keale will be among those honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year by the Hawaii Association of Recording Arts. (Star-Advertiser File)

» The Aliis: Showroom entertainers and hit recording artists for two decades. Al Akana, Rudy Aquino, Benny Chong, Manny Lagodlagod and Joe Mundo were the other half of Don Ho & The Aliis at Duke Kahanamoku’s in the 1960s. Carlos Barbosa, LD Cabral, Danny Couch and Bobby King contributed to the group’s success in the ’70s and early ’80s (Don Ho received the Sidney Grayson Award, the predecessor of the current Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1979).

» Pua Almeida: Vocalist, musician (steel guitar), arranger, recording artist.  

» Frank De Lima: Showroom entertainer and recording artist. The most successful local comedian of his generation.

» Wayne Harada: Longtime entertainment journalist who writes the weekly “Show Biz” column for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

» Alice Johnson:  Song writer and recording artist. Sang with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

» Kimo Kahoano: Pioneer “Hawaiian radio” disc jockey, Waikiki showroom entertainer, recording artist (“Aloha Friday”), “Hawaii Stars” host and celebrity golfer. Also known for his show-stopping rendition of “Boy From Laupahoehoe.”

» Moe Keale: Vocalist, musician, showroom entertainer, recording artist and film and television actor. One of the great Hawaiian voices of the 20th century. Received a HARA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for his work as a member of the Sons of Hawaii.

» The 
Lim Family: Hoku Award-winning family group from Kohala: Elmer Lim Sr., his wife, Mary Ann, and their children, Elmer “Sonny” Lim Jr., Nani and Lorna Lim. Lorna and Sonny have enjoyed success as solo recording artists. Sonny received a HARA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his work as a member of the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau. 


» ‘Ihilani Miller: Vocalist, song writer, choreographer and recording artist. Sang with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

» Nalani Olds: Vocalist, recording artist, dancer and cultural resource. 


» Betty Loo Taylor: Jazz pianist best known for her musical partnership with Jimmy Borges at Trappers and other
jazz venues.

The Sidney Grayson Award for lifetime achievement in the Hawaii recording industry was created along with the regular Na Hoku Hanohano Awards by KCCN “Hawaiian radio” in 1978 and named in honor of KCCN owner Sidney Grayson. The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) took over administration of the Hoku Awards in 1982 and removed Grayson’s name from the award five years later. It has been the Lifetime Achievement Award ever since.
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John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for nearly 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

  • Anonymous

    A great honor among all the entertainers over many decades in Hawaii’s entertainment, recording and journalist! Saturday May 5th 2012 at the Ala Moana Hotel!
    Mahalo to Hawaii Academy Recording Arts.
    Manny LaGod/Original Alii/Bassist/Vocalist