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Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’

Hui!  Aloha mai!

Did you guys catch the webcast of the 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards the other night?  Wow! It’s amazing to be able to sit in an apartment 5,000 miles away from the ceremony and still be able to tune in.

(Ok… I’m only a little bit jealous of those of you who actually attended the show.  Only a little bit…)

It’s no secret that I love Hawaiian music.  I value it as an art form.  I believe in its ability to heal a person from the inside out.

I love and respect the artists working so hard perpetuate this incredible musical tradition.

And when all of the year’s greatest Hawaiian artists come together for an award show, it’s unbelievably cool.

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about:

Every year, Hawai’i has its big Hawaiian music awards show, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

(*Note:  Please see comment from Auntie Maria below–she helped me to clarify what I was saying.  Hawai’i and her music/musicians are a diverse crowd, for sure.  And the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards celebrates that diversity.)

Produced by the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts, this beautiful event honors the best in Hawaiian music.  The cream of the crop.

(Note: In Hawaiian, Nā Hōkū means “the stars” and Hanohano means “exalted, glorious, honored, distinguished.”)

The voting members of HARA certainly had their work cut out for them this year.


With all of the jaw-dropping talent that was nominated for awards, I don’t know that I would have been able to choose a winner in every category!  I mean, the talent is STELLAR!

Categories include Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, etc.  (Very similar to some of the award shows I grew up watching here on the mainland.)

And then… they have other categories like Haku Mele of the Year which celebrates a composition written in Hawaiian.  And Hawaiian Language Performance.  And Hawaiian Album of the Year.

I was going to post a list of the winners, but the I realized that our friends at have already done an amazing list–including links to the albums/artists that won!  It’s fantastic.  Truly.  And you can check it out by clicking HERE.

Please continue to support Hawaiian Music and Hawaiian Artists.  We are all working to share some Aloha with the world.

Right on.


Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (2011)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Last night in Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts presented their annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

Not familiar with them?  Think “Hawaiian-style Grammy® Awards.”

A lot of fantastically talented folks were nominated.  And a lot of fantastically talented folks won well-deserved awards.

But you know what?

Nominees and winners, I celebrate each and every one of ʻem.

They’re ALL my heroes.  Their music is the reason I get out of bed in the morning.  They are all working hard to ensure that Hawaiian music continues to flourish.

I remember watching an interview that featured legendary Hawaiian musician (and the grande dame of hula music), Aunty Genoa Keawe.  Someone asked her about Hawaiian music—whether it was a dying art form.  In essence, her response was “As long as I’m alive, Hawaiian music will be alive.”  I’m so thankful for folks like her who’ve dedicated their lives—at least in part—to perpetuating this beautiful music.

Congrats to all of the folks who have contributed to the Hawaiian music scene-both past and present.

I celebrate all of you today.  Mahalo for doing what you do!

Right on!