I’m lucky enough to be able to attend this years Na Hoku Festivals that are starting this week and then concluding with the awards show that will be broadcast on Sunday evening.
Here are some of my predictions for this years awards:
Most Promising Artist(s) of the Year: Most Promising first-recorded effort as a featured artist or group (must be Hawai`i resident).
RODNEY CAZIMERO, Kohala Moon (Heloke)
ANUHEA JENKINS, Anuhea (OneHawaii)
KOLOHE KAI, This is the Life (Go Aloha)
KÜLEWA, Külewa (Oversized)
ALVIN OKAMI, Just Uke and Me (KoAloha)
Female Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a female artist (must be Hawai`i resident).
NOHELANI CYPRIANO, Pulelehu..My Precious Butterfly (Pulelehua)
AMY HANAIALI`I, Friends and Family of Hawai`i (Ua)
RAIATEA HELM, Raiatea Live! (Raiatea Helm)
LORNA LIM, Polinahe, (Palm)
MAILANI, Mailani (Mountain Apple)
Male Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a male artist (must be Hawai`i resident). (Two way tie for 5th place.)
BROTHER NOLAND, Hawaiian Man (Mountain Apple)
O`BRIAN ESELU, Aloha E, Aloha E, Aloha E (Hiki No)
ULUWEHI GUERRERO, Uluwehi Sings Nä Mele Hula Aloha (Kaulupono)
UNCLE WILLIE K, Uncle Willie K Live from Mulligan’s on the Blue (Maui Tribe)
KELI`I KANEALI`I, Kaua`i (Mountain Apple)
HENRY KAPONO, The Wild Hawaiian Experience (Eclectic)
Of course there are a lot of other categories. You can view all of the finalists here.
I can’t wait to go and I thank those that are involved in bringing me over!