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2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – And The Winners Are…

The 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists was held last night at the Hawaii Convention Center to a sold out ballroom and broadcast live state-wide on KFVE.  Big Islands Mayor, Billy Kenoi, even got into the action and presented an award.


Most Promising Artist of the Year


Female Vocalist of the Year


EP (“Extended Play” Release) of the Year

NA MELE O IOANE KEANAAINA, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr. (no label)

Religious Album of the Year

John Demello accepted the award on his behalf

CHUCKY BOY CHOCK AND FRIENDS, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)

Group of the Year

WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Hip Hop Album of the Year

ILLNOMADIC, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)

Single of the Year

AINAHAU, Waipuna (Poki)

Male Vocalist of the Year

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Instrumental Album of the Year

PEACE LOVE UKULELE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Slack Key Album of the Year

  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)

Island Music Album of the Year

E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)

Jazz Album of the Year (TIE)

SALT, Starr Kalihiki (Kipuka) and  UKULELE JAZZ LIVE IN CONCERT HILO, HAWAII, Benny Chong (no label)

Contemporary Album of the Year

RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Reggae Album of the Year

SIMPLY FOR LOVE, Ekolu (Waiehu)

Hawaiian Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Rock Album of the Year

WAREHOUSE BLUES, Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers

Song of the Year

NA VACQUEROS by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA

Favorite Entertainer of the Year



Graphics Award

KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes Award

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

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

Haku Mele

KUU HOA HIIKUA, by Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)

Hawaiian Language Performance

ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)

Engineering Award

  • WENDELL CHING for Lover’s Race (Afflatus)
  • WENDELL CHING, BRAD WATANABE, AND JP KENNEDY for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatus)

International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

OHANA, Kaulana (Kaulana)

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