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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!