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Vote for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts “Favorite Entertainer of the Year”

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) invites the public to vote for this year’s “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” at http://www.hara-vote.com/, from among ten extremely talented finalists, as follows, in alphabetical order.

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO for “Hula”
  • RAIATEA HELM for “Sea of Love”
  • HIIKUA for “Aia I Hiilalo”
  • WILLIE K for “Warehouse Blues”
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE for “Kaunaloa”
  • LEHUA KALIMA for “Rising in Love”
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO for “Peace, Love, Ukulele”
  • WAIPUNA for “E Hoi Mai”


Go to http://www.hara-vote.com/ and Learn about each of the finalists. Make your selection by clicking “Vote” in your favorite artist’s box. You may only vote once.

Click to vote for your favorite entertainer of the year

All votes are final. Deadline to vote is May 15, 2012.

The winner of “Favorite Entertainer of the Year,” by public vote, will be announced at the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 27, 2012, 5-10 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center.  The main program, including the announcement of this award, will be telecast live from 7-10 p.m. locally on KFVE, and via live streaming at www.k5thehometeam.com.

All artists who released a CD in 2011 were eligible for the preliminary ballot.  The top ten, as voted by HARA members, advanced to the final ballot.  (Artists in Compilation and Anthology categories are not eligible, and non-resident artists in the Hawaiian, Island Music, Slack Key, and International categories are also ineligible.)

Past winners of this prestigious award have included Napua Makua (2011), Jake Shimabukuro (2010), and Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa for Force of Nature (2009).

Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Kintetsu, Ala Moana Hotel, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alaska Airlines, Star-Advertiser & MidWeek, KZOO Radio, Hawaii.com, and other partners, this music festival offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions, as follows:

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

For Na Hoku Hanohano event and ticket information, please:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

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