Yamanaka, Kukona, The Green win big at Hokus

May. 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COMMARK YAMANAKA ACCEPTS THE NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD FOR SINGLE OF THE YEAR ON SATURDAY. HE WAS JOINED ON STAGE BY HIS DAUGHTER, RYANE, AND NEPHEW DYLAN YAMANAKA.

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MARK YAMANAKA ACCEPTS THE NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD FOR SINGLE OF THE YEAR ON SATURDAY. HE WAS JOINED ON STAGE BY HIS DAUGHTER, RYANE, AND NEPHEW DYLAN YAMANAKA.

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

Mark Yamanaka, Kamaka Kukona and The Green were the big winners as the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts hosted the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show Saturday in the Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Yamanaka, a top Hawaiian artist since his solo debut album, “Lei Pua Kenikeni,” won album and male vocalist of the year in 2011, won a pace-setting four Hokus, including for Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Hawaiian Music Album of the Year.

For the first time in 30 years, there were two winners for Male Vocalist of the Year — Yamanaka tied with first-time recording artist Kamaka Kukona, who also won Most Promising Artist of the Year and became the sixth person in Hoku Awards history to win for both Male Vocalist and Most Promising Artist in the same year.

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COMKAMAKA KUKONA SPEAKS AFTER WINNING THE AWARD FOR MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR WITH MARK YAMANAKA, THIRD FROM LEFT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS THAT TWO NOMINEES SHARED THE AWARD.

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KAMAKA KUKONA SPEAKS AFTER WINNING THE AWARD FOR MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR WITH MARK YAMANAKA, THIRD FROM LEFT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS THAT TWO NOMINEES SHARED THE AWARD.

The Green made history with the band’s win for Group of the Year; it was the first time a reggae group has captured that major category. The Green was also voted Favorite Entertainer of the Year in the only category open to public voting.

Kupaoa, the duo of Kellen Paik and Kalikolihau Hannahs Paik, won two Hokus for their album, “Bumbye,” with a third going to songwriter Puakea Nogelmeier for writing the album’s title song. The husband-and-wife performers won individual awards as producers of Yamanaka’s album, and Kalikolihau Paik won another for her work on Yamanaka’s liner notes.

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COMHENRY KAPONO AND JAKE SHIMABUKURO PERFORM TOGETHER DURING THE 37TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS ON SATURDAY.

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HENRY KAPONO AND JAKE SHIMABUKURO PERFORM TOGETHER DURING THE 37TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS ON SATURDAY.

Napua Grieg’s controversial decision to have her album, “Lei Kulaia,” removed from the Female Vocalist of the Year after the five finalists were announced paid off big for her mother, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey, who was also a finalist in the category. Lindsey’s album, “A He Leo Wale No E,” was a finalist in four categories, but scored a win only in the contest for Female Vocalist.

Grieg had won the category with both of her two previous albums; this year she won for Christmas Album of the Year for “Lei Kulaia.”

The HARA membership determines the winners in 28 categories. Favorite Entertainer of the Year is determined by public vote. Winners in the two Hawaiian language categories (Haku Mele and Hawaiian Language Performance) are selected by a panel of Hawaiian songwriting specialists. The Engineering Award is selected by a panel of mainland studio engineers who do not work in the Hawaii recording industry.

The International Album Recognition Award is also adjudicated; award criteria and the qualifications of the adjudicators were not made public.
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John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COMYOZA AND WILLIE K PERFORM TOGETHER DURING THE 37TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS ON SATURDAY.

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YOZA AND WILLIE K PERFORM TOGETHER DURING THE 37TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS ON SATURDAY.

2014 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS WINNERS


Album of the Year

“Lei Maile,” Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kupuna); Kale Chang, Mark Yamanaka, Kellen Paik and Kalikolihau Hannahs Paik, producers

Alternative Album of the Year

“Just Dream,” Amanda Frazier (Amanda Frazier)

Anthology Album of the Year (Producer Award)

“Eia,” Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko); Dave Tucciarone, Iolani Kamauu and Natalie Ai Kamauu, producers

Christmas Album of the Year

“Lei Kulaia,” Napua (Pihana)

Compilation Album of the Year (Producer Award)

“The Haumana Soundtrack,” Various Artists (Koops2); Shawn Pimental and Keo Woolford, producers

Contemporary Album Of The Year

“Cast Your Cares,” Kapena De Lima (KDE)

Engineering Award

Lawrence Yurong for “Na‘auao,” Sean Na‘auao (Mountain Apple)

Extended Play (EP) Release of the Year

“Napili,” Waipuna (Poki)

Favorite Entertainer of the Year

The Green

Female Vocalist of the Year

Hulu Lindsey, “A He Leo Wale No E” (Kahulu)

Graphics Award

Daryl Fujiwara for “Hanu ‘A‘ala,” Kamaka Kukona (Hanu)

Group of the Year

The Green, “Hawai‘i ‘13″ (Easy Star)

Haku Mele (Composer Award)

“Bumbye,” Kupaoa (Hulu Kapuna); Puakea Nogelmeier, composer

Hawaiian Language Performance

Kupaoa, “Bumbye” (Hulu Kupuna)

Hawaiian Music Album of the Year

“Lei Maile,” Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kapuna)

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

“The Akira Project,” The Akira Project (‘Aumakua)

Instrumental Album of the Year

“Stainless: Steel Guitar Stylings of Greg Sardinha,” Greg Sardinha (Keala)

Instrumental Composition of the Year (Composer Award)

“Napili Bay,” by David Kamakahi and Herb Ohta, Jr. (Poki)

International Album Recognition Award

“Moe‘uhane,” Hoene (Hoene)

Island Music Album of the Year

“Bumbye,” Kupaoa (Hulu Kupuna)

Jazz Album of the Year

“A Hui Hou: Until We Meet Again,” Hula Honeys (Community)

Ki Ho’alu Foundation Legacy Award

Yuuki “Alani” Yamauchi

Liner Notes

Kale Chang and Kalikolihau Hannahs for “Lei Maile,” Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kupuna)

Male Vocalist of the Year (Tie)

Kamaka Kukona, “Hanu ‘A‘ala” (Hanu) and Mark Yamanaka, “Lei Maile” (Hulu Kupuna)

Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award for Community Service

Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti

Most Promising Artist of the Year

Kamaka Kukona, “Hanu ‘A‘ala” (Hanu)

Music Video/DVD

“Let’s Play Music: Slack Key With Cyril Pahinui & Friends,” Various Artists (Pacific Islanders/‘Oiwi)

R&B Album of the Year

“Yoza,” YOZA (Yoza)

Reggae Album of the Year

“Hawai‘i ’13,” The Green (Easy Star)

Religious Album of the Year

“Hope is Alive,” New Hope Oahu with Pastor Wayne Cordeiro (Dream)

Rock Album of the Year

“Dangerous Crossing,” Stuart Hollinger (Keala)

Single of the Year

“Maui Under Moonlight,” Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kupuna)

Song of the Year (Composer Award)

“E Ku‘ulei, My Love” by Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Ukulele Album of the Year

“Pure ‘Ukulele,” Herb Ohta, Jr. (Lele)

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