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35th Annual N? H?k? Hanohano Awards Final Ballot Nominees Released

by Billy V posted Apr 10 2012 7:51AM

(Honolulu, Hawaii)  -- Kuana Torres Kahele leads the way with 7 nominations in this yearsʻ Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, not counting nominations for Engineering and Graphics (9 total for the release). Waipuna is next with 7 nominations including one for Liner Notes (8 total of the release), Robert Cazimero with 6 including one for Liner notes (7 total); Hiʻikua and Natalie Ai Kamauu have 5 each. You can actually add one more to all of the above; theyʻre all nominated for Entertainer of the Year!  Hōkū Awards are May 27th at the Hawaii Convention Center.

35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS FINALISTS


Most Promising Artist of the Year

  1. ABRIGO OHANA, Ekahi (Abrigo Ohana) 
  2. KAINALU, Kainalu (Mellowsoul)
  3. STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)
  4. KAWENA, Salty Kisses (Kawena Mechler)
  5. JOHN IOANE KEANAAINA, JR., Na Mele O Ioane Keanaaina (no label)
  6. JOSH TATOFI, This Love (Waiehu)


Female Vocalist of the Year

  1. NATALIE AI KAMAUU, (Keko)
  2. RAIATEA HELM, Sea of Love (Raiatea Helm)
  3. STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)
  4. LEHUA KALIMA, Rising in Love (Kalima)
  5. MAILANI MAKAINAI, Aina (Mountain Apple)


EP ("Extended Play" Release) of the Year

  1. CHRISTMAS FROM HAWAII, Fran Kalb and Glenda Delenstarr (Rising Star)
  2. HOLIDAYS IN HULAVILLE VOLUME 1, Hot Club of Hulaville (Hulaville)
  3. INTIRE PROJECT, THE, The Intire Project (Aumakua) 
  4. NA MELE O IOANE KEANAAINA, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr. (no label) 
  5. SALTY KISSES, Kawena (Kawena Mechler) 


Religious Album of the Year

  1. CHUCKY BOY CHOCK AND FRIENDS, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)
  2. LITTLE PRAYER, Dennis and Christy Soares (Elation)
  3. NOW IS THE TIME – LIVE WORSHIP FROM HOPE CHAPEL WEST OAHU, Hope Chapel West Oahu (Hope Music)
  4. SENT, THE, Kamalei Mark Teves (no label)


Group of the Year

  1. EKOLU, Simply for Love (Waiehu)
  2. HIIKUA, Aia I Hiialo (Kanemakua)
  3. DENNIS KAMAKAHI & STEPHEN INGLIS, Waimaka Helelei (Aumakua)
  4. NUFF SEDD, Life…In a Song (Goofyfoot)
  5. WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)


Hip Hop Album of the Year

  1. DROWN ‘EM IN BEATS – SAVE ‘EM WITH RHYMES, Nocturnal Sound Crew & Slapp Symphony (Slapp Symphony)
  2. ILLNOMADIC, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)
  3. NOW! SERVING FAMILY DINNER – A SPORKFUL OF FUNK!!!, Family Dinner Band (Pass Out)
  4. REFLECTIONS, Tripple Los (Gotthos)


Compilation Album of the Year

  1. HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS, A, Various Artists (HCUCC) Kenneth Makuakane, Jon Brekke, Charles Buck, Lisa Doud, Jeff Orig, and Tasha Tavares-Makuakane – producers
  2. HOALA IAPANA, Various Artists (no label) Dave Tucciarone - Producer
  3. ISLAND STYLE UKULELE, Various Artists (Neos) Bob St. John and Pati St. John - Producers
  4. REBUILDING - YOU GOTTA START SOMEWHERE, Various Artists (Voyager) Kenneth Makuakane – Producer
  5. SOUL SEARCHING – WORLDWIDE COMPOSERS VOL.2, Dennis Soares (Elation) Dennis Soares – Producer                                                                                                                          


Single of the Year

  1. AINAHAU, Waipuna (Poki) 
  2. AMAZING GRACE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)
  3. HIDEAWAY, Kapena (featuring Kalena Ku) (KDE)
  4. I FOUND MY LOVE IN WAIKIKI, Brad Kawakami (Lele)
  5. WALK AWAY, Bruddah Waltah (Rubbah Slippah)


Male Vocalist of the Year

  1. ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)
  2. SHAWN ISHIMOTO, John Valentine Presents Shawn My Kine of Music V.3 (Studio Valentine)
  3. WILLIE K, Warehouse Blues (Maui Tribe)
  4. KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  5. HENRY KAPONO, Henry (Kapono)


Anthology Album of the Year

  1. ISLAND IN YOUR EYES, Various Artists (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello - Producer
  2. JOURNEY OF LIGHT…THE EARLY YEARS, Leiohu Ryder (Ululoa) Leiohu Ryder and Jake Rohrer – Producers
  3. KEKUMUWAI, Pandanus Club (Makuakane) Kenneth Makuakane, Chris Keliiaa, and Tash Tavares-Makuakane - Producers
  4. LIVE A LITTLE…HAWAIIAN STYLE Vol. 2, Various Artists (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello – Producer
  5. TROPICS, Henry Kapono (Kapono) Henry Kapono and Lezlee Kaaihue – Producers

                                                                                                                                                                    
Instrumental Album of the Year

  1. HAWAIIAN AT HEART – UNIQUE UKULELE ARTISTRY, Harold Uchino (He-U) 
  2. MYSTICAL SOUL, Dennis Soares (Elation)
  3. OPEN TUNING IMPROVISATIONS, Dennis Soares (Elation)
  4. PEACE LOVE UKULELE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)
  5. REJECTS FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY IMAGINARY MOVIE, David Kauahikaua (Tiki)
  6. UKULELE ISLAND, Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane)


Slack Key Album of the Year

  1. IN MY HEART – HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR & UKULELE INSTRUMENTALS, Doug and  Sandy McMaster (Aloha Plenty)
  2. KAMAALUA, Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
  3. NA LANI O MAUI – MAUI SKIES, TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR, James Kimo West (Westernmost)
  4. WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)
  5. WAO AKUA (THE FOREST OF THE GODS) HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS, George Kahumoku, Jr. (Daniel Ho)


Island Music Album of the Year

  1. E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  2. EKAHI, Abrigo Ohana (Abrigo Ohana)
  3. MYSTICAL MOLOKAI, Eddie Akio Waimakanui Tanaka, Jr. (Mystical Molokai)
  4. NO KUUIPO, Ahumanu (Ululoa)
  5. SEA OF LOVE, Raiatea Helm (Raiatea Helm)


Jazz Album of the Year

  1. SALT, Starr Kalihiki (Kipuka)
  2. SENTIMENTAL SWING – VIOLIN, Duane Padilla (no label)
  3. TONE COLORS, Les Peetz, Dean Taba, and Noel Okimoto (OK No Name)
  4. UKULELE JAZZ LIVE IN CONCERT HILO, HAWAII, Benny Chong (no label)
  5. WE GO TO HILO, Glen Goto and Friends (Sweet Brown Pitbull)


Contemporary Album of the Year            

  1. CONTAGIOUS, Kanohowailuku Helm (Anahaki)
  2. HENRY, Henry Kapono (Kapono)
  3. KAINALU, Kainalu (Mellowsound)
  4. MY JOURNEY, LT Smooth (Rhythm and Roots)
  5. RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)


Reggae Album of the Year 

  1. FEELING GOOD, Micah G (HI Finest)
  2. GOT THIS MUSIC, Natural Vibrations (GO Aloha)
  3. LOVE TOWN, Kolohe Kai (GO Aloha)
  4. SIMPLY FOR LOVE, Ekolu (Waiehu)
  5. WAYS & MEANS, The Green (Easy Star)


Hawaiian Album of the Year

  1. A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  2. AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  3. AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple)
  4. HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  5. KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Rock Album of the Year

  1. DEEP WATER, Allan Thomas (Black Bamboo)
  2. INVENT, Sing the Body (Aumakua)
  3. LEGS OF OUR OWN, The Throwdowns (The Throwdowns)
  4. PIMPBOT, Pimpbot (Pass Out)
  5. WAREHOUSE BLUES, Willie K (Maui Tribe)


Album of the Year

  1. ANatalie Ai Kamauu (Keko) Dave Tucciarone, Iolani Kamauu and Natalie Ai Kamauu - Producers
  2. AINAMailani Makainai (Mountain Apple) Dr. Trey and Jon de Mello - Producers
  3. E HOI MAIWaipuna (Poki) Kale Chang and Waipuna - Producers
  4. HULARobert Cazimero (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello and Robert Cazimero - Producers
  5. KAUNALOAKuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers


Song of the Year

  1. E IKE I KA NANI AO POLIAHU by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett from E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  2. KUU PUA PAKALANA by Natalie Ai Kamauu from A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  3. NA VACQUEROS by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  4. NAU HOOKAHI by Robert Cazimero from HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  5. RISING IN LOVE by Lehua Kalima from RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)


Favorite Entertainer of the Year

  1. ROBERT CAZIMERO
  2. RAIATEA HELM
  3. HI`IKUA
  4. WIILIE K
  5. KUANA TORRES KAHELE
  6. LEHUA KALIMA
  7. NATALIE AI KAMAUU
  8. MAILANI MAKAINAI  
  9. JAKE SHIMABUKURO
  10. WAIPUNA



2012 TECHNICAL FINALISTS

Graphics Award

  1. JON de MELLO AND ROBERT CAZIMEROfor HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  2. JON de MELLO AND KEITH USHER, for AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple
  3. NEAL IZUMI, KAUILA BARBER, AND ESTHER SADA, for SALT, Starr Kalahiki (Kipuka)
  4. GRANT MIYASAKIfor SEA OF LOVE, Raiatea Helm (Raiatea Helm)
  5. KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Liner Notes Award

  1. ROBERT CAZIMERO, for HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  2. KAMA HOPKINS, for AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  3. KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  4. STEPHEN INGLIS, for WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua) 
  5. NEIL J. HANNAHS, for E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)



2012 ADJUDICATED FINALISTS
Note:  Each of these categories is voted on by a separate panel of judges.

Haku Mele

  1. KUONOONOby Puakea Nogelmeier from E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  2. KUU HOA HIIKUAby Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  3. WAIKAHULIby Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  4. WAIMAKA HELELEIby Rev. Dennis Kamakahi from WAIMAKA HELELEI (Aumakua)
  5. WAIMANU I KA LAUOHAby Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Hawaiian Language Performance

  1. ROBERT CAZIMEROHula (Mountain Apple)
  2. HI`IKUAAia I Hiialo (Kanemakua)
  3. KUANA TORRES KAHELEKaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  4. NATALIE AI KAMAUUA (Keko)
  5. WAIPUNAE Hoi Mai (Poki)


Engineering Award

  1. WENDELL CHING for Lover’s Race (Afflatus)
  2. WENDELL CHING, BRAD WATANABE, AND JP KENNEDY for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatus)
  3. JEFF GAETH for Shoestrings, Jeff Gaeth (Puna)
  4. MATTHEW HONDA, TATSUYA SATO, AND JAY FRANCO for Drown ‘Em in Beats – Save ‘em with Rhymes, Nocturnal Sound Krew & Slapp Symphony (Slapp Symphony)
  5. SHAWN PIMENTAL AND MICHAEL GRANDE for Rising in Love, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)


International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

  1. HAWAIIAN MUSIC FOR HULAKapalili (Studio 273)
  2. KA PILINAPark Sang Eon (Gois, Inc.)
  3. KAYO HULA, VOL. 2, ASIAN MELE HULAVarious Artists (Maunaloa)
  4. MY SWEET LEI, Na Lei (Amane)
  5. OHANAKaulana (Kaulana)
04/11/2013 12:31AM
35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Final Ballot Nominees Released
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