Hawaii Teen Musicians Win a 55th Annual Grammy Experience for Original Song

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) congratulate Hawaii teens, Colby Benson, a senior at Mililani High School, and Haley Michelle Kagimoto, a student at Punahou, who were selected as second place winners of the third annual GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens! Make Music Contest. The teens were selected for their original song that highlights how those who have struggled with addiction can find hope in recovery. The contest winners were honored during National Drug Facts Week, and are attending the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, a special backstage tour that takes place while artists rehearse for the live GRAMMY Awards, as well as tours of Capitol Records and the Grammy Museum to acquaint teens interested in a career in the music industry.

Haley and Colby

The contest asked young musicians, ages 14 – 18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explored, encouraged and celebrated a healthy lifestyle or accurately depicted a story about drug abuse. Benson and Kagimoto won for their song titled, “Change Who We’ll Become,” inspired by friends and family faced by substance abuse. Their powerful lyrics, “we can rise up once we’ve fallen, change who we’ll become,” highlight how those who have struggled with addiction can find hope in recovery.

First place winners were Vinny Cavalcanti, a senior at West High School, and Nick Miller, a junior at Rowland Hall Academy from Utah, and third place winner was Hannah Rand, a senior at Oak Park River Forest High School in Illinois. The winning entries can be heard at www.drugfree.org/teensmakemusiccontest. Benson and Kagimoto’s music video can be viewed here:

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The DOH recognizes that the more informed young people of Hawaii are regarding addiction and recovery the better able the community will be in reaching out to address substance abuse and its impact on people’s lives. Haley and Colby are a great example of informed teens with a powerful message to share through the language of music.

The DOH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division collaborates and partners with public and private agencies across the state to promote healthy lifestyles and provide prevention, intervention and treatment services for adolescents and adults. All substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services are contracted to non-profit, community-based agencies. For the 2,326 adolescent admissions (five-year average for fiscal years 2008 through 2012), the primary substances cited at admission are marijuana (58 percent) and alcohol (34 percent). For the 3,341 adult admissions (five-year average for fiscal years 2008 through 2012), the primary substances cited at admission are methamphetamine (42 percent), alcohol (33percent) and marijuana (14 percent).

The Creative Industries Division (CID) in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), provides professional development programs to accelerate the growth of Hawaii’s creative sectors through strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares, The Recording Academy and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) to advance opportunities for Hawaii’s emerging artists in the music sector.

About MusiCares.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy®, MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicares and follow MusiCares on Twitter @MusiCares at www.twitter.com/musicares.

 

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.

35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD WINNERS:

Most Promising Artist of the Year

STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)

Female Vocalist of the Year

NATALIE AI KAMAUU, A (Keko)

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

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

2012 TECHNICAL FINALISTS

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)

2012 ADJUDICATED FINALISTS
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)

Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Presents the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival (“the Festival”), May 25-27, at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The Festival events are open to the public, and will include two days of unique workshops and panel discussions led over 60 of Hawaii’s most notable performing artists, kumu hula, and industry professionals, as well as the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (“the Hokus”) on May 27th.  Kamaaina rates are available for all of the Festival events (see ticket information, below, and at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm).


The Festival is the culminating event of Mele Mei 2012 – a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, which kicked off with an Opening Concert and Luncheon at The Willows on April 27th, and has continued to showcase Hawaii’s finest talent at various venues in and around Waikiki.  Please visit www.melemei.com for a schedule of the remaining events – and mahalo for supporting Hawaii’s music!

“On this landmark 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts is especially proud as we continue to celebrate the excellence of Hawaii’s music and recording artists,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “HARA’s mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawaii’s music and recording industry, and with the success of the month-long Mele Mei, the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, and our efforts as an organization all year long, we feel we are fulfilling this important task and plan to continue and grow our efforts into the future.”

Here is a summary of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival workshops and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  Tickets are still available from HARA.

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 25 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 1
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_fri/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 2                          
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:  9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_sat/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 – THE 35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS          
The Hokus honors the best of Hawaii’s recording artists in 27 categories, and features exciting live performances.  You may see the complete list of nominees at http://www.hawaiieventsonline.com/view.php?eventID=19785&ref=%2Fquicksearch.php%3FCatID%3D8%26start_num%3D0%26num_results%3D20.
Venue:  Kalakaua Ballroom, Rooftop, Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    3:30 p.m. – Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. – No-Host Cocktails
5:00 p.m. – Ballroom Doors Open
5:15 p.m. – Welcome Pule/Dinner Served
5:30 p.m. – Pre-Show Awards
7:00 p.m. – Main Show/Life Televised Broadcast
Ticket Info:  Please see below.


NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – TICKET INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, MAY 25 & 26, 2012
   •  All-Day Pass for May 25 & 26 Workshops (unlimited workshops):
•  $100 General Admission
•  $85 Kamaaina
•  $75 HARA Member
•  Individual Workshop (single workshop on May 25 or May 26)
•  $40 General Admission
•  $30 Kamaaina
•  $25 HARA Member

TICKET PRICES – NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS, MAY 27, 2012
   •  $150 General Admission
•  $135 Kamaaina
•  HARA Member

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
    •  Purchase online at www.nahokumusicfestival.com;
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424; or
•  Purchase at the door (workshops, only).

ABOUT MELE MEI
Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, two international hula conferences, and more, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, including the prestigious 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events are being held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

ABOUT THE NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
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, ING Direct, Celebrity Tuxedos, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, 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

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”
  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU for “A”
  • MAILANI MAKAINAI for “Aina”
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO for “Peace, Love, Ukulele”
  • WAIPUNA for “E Hoi Mai”

HOW TO VOTE FOR “FAVORITE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

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).

ABOUT NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
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

Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) presents the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards (“LTA”) on May 5th, at the Ala Moana Hotel, and is proud to honor the following outstanding individuals and groups (in alphabetical order):

THE ALIIS
Since the 1960’s, The Aliis, in all forms, remain as legendary royalty in Hawaii’s musical history.  Through the years, members included Rudy Aquino, Benny Chong, Joe Mundo, Manny Lagodlagod, Al Akana, Carlos Barboza, Bobby King, Danny Couch, and L.D. Cabral.

PUA ALMEIDA
Pua Almeida, hanai son and protégé of prolific composer John Kameaaloha Almeida, was a gifted guitarist, bassist, and steel guitarist, with an exceptional tenor voice.  In Pua’s relatively brief life, he tirelessly performed his beloved Hawaiian music and recorded a musical legacy for future generations to enjoy.

FRANK DELIMA
Since imitating his Chinese babysitter’s Hakkah dialect at the age of 5, Frank Delima has kept the people of Hawaii laughing with his kind-spirited ethnic humor.  In 1980, Delima created the Frank De Lima Student Enrichment Program, combining his comedic ability with his Catholic Youth Organization experience to work with children.

WAYNE HARADA
Countless successes got their first break in the column inches of Wayne Harada’s Showbiz columns.  The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts gratefully acknowledges the lifetime of contributions to Hawaii’s entertainment community by a man who stood at the center of it all for over four decades

ALICE JOHNSON
Many of the anthems that we sing in tribute to Maui island’s majestic mountains, verdant valleys, and brilliant beaches were composed by “Aunty Alice Johnson.”  Known as the “Songbird of Maui,” her lilting soprano voice could soar above both combos and choirs, alike, as she shared her own special songs in praise of the Valley Isle of Maui.

KIMO KAHOANO
The consummate emcee, entertainer, TV and radio personality, and actor, James Halolena Kahoano, Jr. has led a distinguished and unique career that has spanned decades and the globe.  In 1977, Krash Kealoha, Honolulu Skylark, and Kimo Kahoano began the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards as a radio promotion, and 35 years later, the “Hokus” continue to thrive.

MOE KEALE
A full-blooded native Hawaiian born on Niihau, Wilfred Nalani “Moe” Keale is revered as an integral part of the Hawaiian music renaissance and a key player in the rediscovery of Hawaiian values.  He will be remembered as an entertainer, an actor, and a healer.

THE LIM FAMILY
The first version of The Lim Family consisted of Elmer Lim, Sr. (dad) on rhythm guitar, Mary Ann Neula Lim (mom) and Nanette (Nani) on ukulele, Elmer, Jr. (Sonny) on guitar, and Charmaine on bass.  When Charmaine left for college, Lorna was recruited at age 13 to step in on bass.  The Lim Family has excelled in every aspect of Hawaiian music and dance, and gained world acclaim, but continue to represent strong Hawaiian family values.

IHILANI MILLER
Ihilani Miller, “The Voice of the South Pacific,” is remembered as one of Hawaii’s most cherished “aunties” of Hawaiian music.  The talented dancer, singer and composer performed on the mainland for several years, including appearances on “The Ed  Sullivan Show” and “The Perry Como Show,” and also perfomed in Europe and throughout Hawaii.

NALANI OLDS
Nalani-alua Yvonne Olds has distinguished herself as a singer, dancer, musician, composer, producer, director, actress, recording artist, and lecturer on Hawaiian history and culture.  She has sung with Royal Hawaiian Band, performed at Carnegie Hall, and toured nationally and internationally.

BETTY LOO TAYLOR
Nicknamed “Lady Fingers,” Betty Loo Taylor’s parents recognized her gift at the age of 3.  Decades and countless accomplishments and recognitions later, she continues to perform regularly in Waikiki on the weekends, and at special engagements.  She has accompanied local and international jazz greats, such as Jimmy Borges, Ethel Azama, Melveen Leed, Azure McCall, Anita O’Day, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, and many more.

ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND –2012 INDUSTRY AWARD HONOREES
Its history parallels the history of Hawaii itself, from an independent Monarchy, to a Republic, to an American territory, and finally, to the Fiftieth State of the United States of America.  The history of the band and its bandmasters are the foundation of band music in Hawaii.  Today, under the direction of Clark Bright, the Royal Hawaiian Band continues to be the only full-time municipal band in the United States.

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jacqueline Leilani “Skylark” Rossetti for her extensive work in promoting Hawaiian Music.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

WHO:       HARA 2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREES

WHAT:     HARA 2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

WHEN:     SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012
10:00 a.m.  Doors Open (Media may check in at “Media Check-In” table)
10:15 a.m.  No-host Cocktail Reception
10:30 a.m.  Performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band, 2012 Industry Award Honoree.
11:15 a.m.  Pule and Lunch
11:45 p.m.  Program Begins

  • 11:45 a.m. –  First five LTA tributes and the Royal Hawaiian Band tribute for the Industry Award.(Order:  Royal Hawaiian Band, Alice Johnson, Ihilani Miller, Nalani Olds, Pua Almeida, and The Lim Family)
  • 12:20 p.m. –  Performance by The Lim Family
  • 12:30 p.m. –  Formal presentation of Hoku LTA Award by HARA President and others.
  • 12:45 p.m. –  Performance by Betty Loo Taylor and Friends
  • 12:55 p.m. –  Second set of six LTA tributes (Order: Betty Loo Taylor, Wayne Harada, Frank Delima, Moe Keale, Kimo Kahoano and The Aliis)
  • 1:25 p.m. –  Performance by The Aliis
  • 1:35 p.m. –  Formal presentation of Hoku LTA Award by HARA President and others.
  • 2:00 p.m. –  Hawaii Aloha

WHERE:    Ala Moana Hotel

HOW:       Tickets are $100 General, $85 Kamaaina, $75 HARA Members

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

“We hope the public will join us in honoring these truly great individuals and groups that have made a major impact on Hawaii’s music and entertainment industries.  Tickets are available online or by calling or emailing HARA,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “We also want to say ‘mahalo’ to Hailama Farden for coordinating this special event, and to Ala Moana Hotel for their support and hospitality.”

ABOUT NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Ala Moana Hotel 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

ABOUT ALA MOANA HOTEL
Ala Moana Hotel – The Kamaaina Favorite, is the “Official Hotel of the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and Music Festival.”  Renowned for its exceptional island hospitality, Ala Moana Hotel presents guests with a host of impressive amenities and services.  The upscale property offers a collection of diverse in-house dining options, contemporary meeting and banquet facilities, a relaxing lounge and energetic nightclub, as well as an expansive pool deck, sauna and fitness center.   Centrally located, Ala Moana Hotel is nearby famous Waikiki Beach, adjacent to Ala Moana Center, the largest open-air mall in America, across from the Hawaii Convention Center and a short stroll to picturesque Ala Moana Beach Park.

For more information on Ala Moana Hotel, please visit www.alamoanahotel.com.  Festival participants must call (808) 955-4811 to get the special Na Hoku Hanohano rates – just ask for the “Hokus” rates.  These rates will be honored May 23-30, 2012, only.

ABOUT MELE MEI
Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, and even a Guinness World Record attempt, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events will be held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

Ala Moana Hotel Announced as the Official Hotel for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – After Party Announced

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to announce that Ala Moana Hotel – The Kamaaina Favorite, is “The Official Hotel of the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and Music Festival,” happening May 25-27, 2012, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (“Hokus”) is the culminating event of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, celebrating the unique music of Hawaii.


The celebration will continue as the Ala Moana Hotel’s Pakele Lounge hosts the Hokus After-Party on May 27th, from 10 p.m.~midnight, immediately following the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Ala Moana Hotel is extending special Na Hoku Hanohano room rates starting at $109 in the Kona Tower for anyone who is attending the Hokus or Festival, making the hotel not only convenient, but also an excellent deal.  To qualify for the rates, available May 23-30, 2012, guests must simply show their I.D. badge, ticket or receipt for any of the events to the front desk before checking out.  Room rates are nightly for single/double occupancy, plus tax. Rooms are subject to availability.

“Ala Moana Hotel is proud to be the official hotel sponsor of this prestigious event,” said Marty Milan, Director of Sales and Marketing for the hotel staff is excited and looking forward to extending our hospitality to honorees and the many fans, friends and ohana who will stay with us and extend their support.  I hope they don’t mind if we’re ‘starstruck’.”

“We are extremely honored and grateful to have the Ala Moana Hotel, once again, as a valued partner of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and Awards,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA president.  “We all love staying there – not only for its convenient location, but also for its well-appointed rooms and the gracious hospitality of its staff.”

Ala Moana Hotel was the original home of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 1978.  The big winners that year were Melveen Leed and Cecilio & Kapono.  The Brothers Cazimero, Palani Vaughan and The King’s Own, and Herb Ohta were also winners.  Eventually, the Hokus grew too large for the Ala Moana Hotel.  Its current home is the 35,000 square foot Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center, across the street from the hotel.  The Ala Moana Hotel enjoys this renewed relationship with the Hokus – a kind of “homecoming,” returning to its roots.

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominations Announced

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) has announced the Final Ballot Nominees for the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, per below.  There are 27 categories, including Technical and Adjudicated categories, as well as a brand new category, International Album of the Year, with artists from Japan and Korea among the finalists.

The stage at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS FINALISTS

Most Promising Artist of the Year

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

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU, A (Keko)
  • RAIATEA HELM, Sea of Love (Raiatea Helm)
  • STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)
  • LEHUA KALIMA, Rising in Love (Kalima)
  • MAILANI MAKAINAI, Aina (Mountain Apple)

EP (“Extended Play” Release) of the Year

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

Religious Album of the Year

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

Group of the Year

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

Hip Hop Album of the Year

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

Compilation Album of the Year

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

Single of the Year

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

Male Vocalist of the Year

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

Anthology Album of the Year

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

Instrumental Album of the Year

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

Slack Key Album of the Year

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

Island Music Album of the Year

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

Jazz Album of the Year

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

Contemporary Album of the Year

  • CONTAGIOUS, Kanohowailuku Helm (Anahaki)
  • HENRY, Henry Kapono (Kapono)
  • KAINALU, Kainalu (Mellowsound)
  • MY JOURNEY, LT Smooth (Rhythm and Roots)
  • RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Reggae Album of the Year

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

Hawaiian Album of the Year

  • A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  • AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple)
  • HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Rock Album of the Year

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

Album of the Year

  • A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko) Dave Tucciarone, Iolani Kamauu and Natalie Ai Kamauu – Producers
  • AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple) Dr. Trey and Jon de Mello – Producers
  • E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki) Kale Chang and Waipuna – Producers
  • HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello and Robert Cazimero – Producers
  • KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers

Song of the Year

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

Favorite Entertainer of the Year

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO
  • RAIATEA HELM
  • HI`IKUA
  • WIILIE K
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE
  • LEHUA KALIMA
  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU
  • MAILANI MAKAINAI
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO
  • WAIPUNA

2012 TECHNICAL FINALISTS

Graphics Award

  • JON de MELLO AND ROBERT CAZIMERO, for HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • JON de MELLO AND KEITH USHER, for AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple
  • NEAL IZUMI, KAUILA BARBER, AND ESTHER SADA, for SALT, Starr Kalahiki (Kipuka)
  • GRANT MIYASAKI, for SEA OF LOVE, Raiatea Helm (Raiatea Helm)
  • KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes Award

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO, for HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • KAMA HOPKINS, for AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • STEPHEN INGLIS, for WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)
  • 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

  • KUONOONO, by Puakea Nogelmeier from E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  • KUU HOA HIIKUA, by Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • WAIKAHULI, by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, by Rev. Dennis Kamakahi from WAIMAKA HELELEI (Aumakua)
  • WAIMANU I KA LAUOHA, by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (KuanaTorres Kahele)

Hawaiian Language Performance

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)
  • HI`IKUA, Aia I Hiialo (Kanemakua)
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU, A (Keko)
  • WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Engineering Award

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

International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

  • HAWAIIAN MUSIC FOR HULA, Kapalili (Studio 273)
  • KA PILINA, Park Sang Eon (Gois, Inc.)
  • KAYO HULA, VOL. 2, ASIAN MELE HULA, Various Artists (Maunaloa)
  • MY SWEET LEI, Na Lei (Amane)
  • OHANA, Kaulana (Kaulana)

The 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in the Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center.  It is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and other partners, and will be telecast live on KFVE.  Tickets are $150 General Admission, $135 Kamaaina, and $125 for HARA members.  For tickets, please contact (808) 593-9424, or purchase online at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm.  For more information, please visit www.nahokumusicfestival.com.

ABOUT NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) 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.  For event and registration information, please go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com, call (808) 593-9424 or email info@nahokumusicfestival.com.

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

ABOUT MELE MEI
Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, and even a Guinness World Record attempt, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events will be held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

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Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Announces the 2nd Annual Mele Mei

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, in May 2012. Events include workshops, concert performances, and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival and Awards.

Working in partnership with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to attract visitors in April and May, when tourism numbers tend to be lower, HARA reached out to various non profit organizations with Hawaiian music related events in May, to create Mele Mei as a month-long destination event. Some events are already well-established, like the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, while others are new. All of the events, however, share the same mission as HARA, which is to promote Hawaiian music.

When the final list of events is confirmed, Mele Mei will encompass more than 30 festivals and events which will culminate with the 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on May 27th.

The exciting calendar of events, to date, are, as follows.

MELE MEI 2012 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DATE – EVENT

  • April 27, 2012 Media Premiere Luncheon
  • May 1-31 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Events at hotels and shopping centers
  • May 1, 2011 “Lei of Stars” Dinner
  • May 5, 2012 HARA Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon
  • May 5, 2012 International ‘Ukulele Jam
  • May 5-6, 2012 Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival
  • May 6, 2012 Steel Guitar Concert
  • May 12, 2012 Mele Mei Mother’s Day Concert
  • May 11-13, 2012 Waikiki International Hula Conference
  • May 19-20, 2012 Maiki Aiu Hula Festival
  • May 20, 2012 Slack Key All-Stars Concert
  • May 25-26, 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival Workshops
  • May 25-26, 2012 Hula I Ke Kai
  • May 27, 2012 The 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

*More detailed information on these and additional Mele Mei events will be announced soon.

We also hope to include several neighbor island events for Mele Mei 2012.

HARA is scheduling meetings with Waikiki hotels and shopping centers on event venues. Anyone interested in being an event partner should contact HARA at (808) 593-9424, or info@melemei.com.

ABOUT MELE MEI

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Hawaiian Airlines, and Kintetsu International, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawai’i. It encompasses over 30 events, including workshops, concert performances, award ceremonies, and other activities throughout May. The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival, including the 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, is the finale of Mele Mei.

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For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

All media requests for Mele Mei may be directed to Mona Wood-Sword at (808) 218-5546, or ikaikacomm@hawaii.rr.com.

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Contestant Submissions Now Being Accepted for the 27th Annual “Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian Music Competition

Media Release:

The HAWAIIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME is proud to announce the 27th Annual “Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian music competition on Saturday, August 27th, at the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu.

Ka Himeni Ana, founded by Richard M. Towill, features amateur Hawaiian music groups performing in the “nahenahe” style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form characterized by sweet vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments.

Applications and recordings will be reviewed by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and contestants selected from the applications received on or before July 15th.

Ka Himeni Ana rules:
1.      Competition is open to amateur Hawaiian music groups containing 2 – 5 members (no solo acts).
2.      At least half of the group must perform with and play an instrument.
3.      Instruments shall be “acoustic”—no electric or amplified instruments, except Hawaiian steel guitar may be electric and use a small amplifier.
4.      No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.
5.      Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.
6.      Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945, or if post 1945 or new original composition, shall be in the “nahenahe” style.
7.      Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests, individual singers may participate as members of other groups.

Contestants vie for 6 cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200.

To apply as a contestant, groups (no solo acts) with 2 – 5 members must submit a Ka Himeni Ana contestant information form and a cassette tape or CD recording to: P.O. Box 30337, Honolulu, HI 96820 or dropped off at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Roof Deck Suite #6A-1, Honolulu, HI 96814. Mark it:  Attention:  Ka Himeni Ana 2011.  Contestant application can be downloaded from this link: Contestant Application.

For questions or more information, please emailchimaine@hawaiipacificentertainment.com or debbie@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.  Contestant submission deadline is July 15th. To follow us on Twitter, please visit twitter.com/kahimeniana.

Mission Statement of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame:  To promote, preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.

Best Dressed Award at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Goes to… Kainani Kahaunaele

The 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards was last week and folks from throughout the Hawaii Islands came out in their best outfits.  While Sig Zane Designs was popular among many folks in attendance there was this one dress that kept catching my attention and that was the dress that was worn by Kainani Kahaunaele.

Kainani Kahaunaele

Kainani smiles for the press outside the Hawaii Convention Center Main Ballroom

The previous day Kainani was one of the speakers on a panel at the Hawaii Convention Center that was conducted completely in Hawaiian called “Ma La Olelo Hawaii” (Thinking in and writing from a Hawaiian perspective)

Haku Mele

Haku Mele Breakout panel conducted in Hawaiian. From Left - Kamaka Fernandez, Kainani Kahaunaele, Anuenue Punua and Larry Kimura

Kainani won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards that evening one for the “Haku Mele” Award and the other for Hawaiian Language Performance of the year.

Kainani Kahaunaele

Winning two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

I was totally fascinated by her dress and had seen nothing like it before so when she was on the awards platform the media got to ask her questions and the only thing I could think of at the time was where did she get that dress.  So I asked… “Kainani, can you tell us about that dress?”

Kainani Kahaunaele

Kainani answering questions from the press

Kainani replied that it was a Hawaiian Kapa Cloth design by her cousin artist/practitioner/farmer/kumu hula/fashion designer Micah Kamohoali’i.

Micah Kamohoali’i

Micah Kamohoali’i and a kapa print similar to Kainani's Dress

After the awards I wanted to know more information about the dress so I asked her on facebook for more information about the dress and found out the name given to the ONE OF A KIND dress was “Kaiʻihilena“.

Dezigns by Kamohoaliʻi share foundational values of Hawaiian culture to its audience through art and design. Created by Micah Kamohoaliʻi, this line of clothing strives to educate in the ways of Hawaiian designs, metaphoric imagery, cultural significance with strong symbolisms and interpretations.

Dezigns by Kamohoaliʻi encompass all of Hawaiʻiʻs natural environments and honor the excellence and brilliance of the Hawaiian race. Micahʻs passion for art and design led him to produce a line of Kīkepa, and his passion for Kapa led him into fashion. While merging these two elements the birthing of this company was formed. We honor the breath of life from our Kupuna and perpetuate our culture through the designs we wear on our clothing. Releasing in the winter of 2011 get ready to lose yourself in the layered sheets of Kapa. Stay tuned!

“He liʻi i ka ʻohe kāpala a he nui i ke kiʻi”
A little bamboo stamp can make a big picture

I was happy to see Kainani winning a couple Na Hoku Hanohano awards this year, but what is even more cool is that she is a Big Island wahine that is really kind and giving to everyone that she meets.  It was great to catch her in the workshops and if you ever have a chance to see her perform… I highly suggest it.  I’m glad I got to catch her in a few workshops!

Haku Mele Panel

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy announces the panel from left to right: Moon Kaukahi, Kainani Kahaunaele, Puakea Nogelmeier and Keali'i Reichel

You can learn more about Kainani and her music at her website: Kainani Kahaunaele

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… And the Winners Are!

The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaii Convention Center last night and I just want to say that the Big Island of Hawaii was well represented and came away with many Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this evening.

Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was impressed with the amount of awards Big Island recording artists received.

The following artists won awards for their hard work that was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Most Promising Artist:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year:

NAPUA MAKUA – Mōhalu

Male Vocalist of the Year:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year:
KUMZ – On the Summit

Christmas Album:

Willie K -Willie Wonderland

Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I –
Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i

Song of the Year:
KALEOONĀLANI by Mark Yamanaka from LEI PUA KENIKENI

Single of the Year:

HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai

Extended Play Release of the Year

SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award:

BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award:
KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year:

FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson

Haku Mele -composer’s award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant

Kainani Kahaunaele – ‘Ohai ‘Ula

Hawaiian Album of the Year:

MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua

Hawaiian Language Performance:

Kainani Kahaunaele -Ohai ‘Ula

Instrumental Album of the Year:

‘UKULELE NAHENAHE – Herb Ohta, Jr.

Island Music Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I
– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters

Jazz Album of the Year:

DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville

R&B / Hip Hop:

COCONUT WIRELESS – Kepa Kruse

Reggae Album of the Year:

GREEN, THE – The Green

Religious Album of the Year:
SOMEWHWERE UP AHEAD – GOSPEL HYMNS OF HAWAII, VOL. II
– Ata Damasco

Rock Album of the Year:

STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year:

PLAY WITH ME PAPA – John Keawe

Favorite Entertainer:

NAPUA MAKUA

Engineering Award:

Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James – Hawaiian Girls

This years winners as well as previous winners:

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The 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) presented the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

2011 HARA & Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

Musicians and family members began filling up the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom around 10:30 this morning.

Around 11:00 the President of HARA, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, welcomed the musicians and family members to the ceremony.

Kumukahi introduced the Mistress of the Ceremony Karen Keawehawai’i to the audience.

An opening Pule (Hawaiian for prayer) was said by the former HARA President.

Lunch consisted of beef brisket, chicken, steamed vegetables and rice with furikake.

After lunch was served the awards program and entertainment began by having Mihana Aluli Souza present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill “Tappy” Tapia who wasn’t present, but did send in a video of a recent show that he did on the Mainland.

Uncle Bill “Tappy” Tapia (born January 1, 1908) is an American musician, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, of Portuguese parents. At age 10, Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.

In his long career beginning in Vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.

The next lifetime achievement award was presented by President Kumukahi to Harriet Daisy Kawai’ala Ka’oionapuaopi’ilani Stevens-Poire.

Napua Stevens Poire (born Harriet Daisy Kawaiala Kao’ionapuapi’ilani Stevens, August 31, 1918 – January 7, 1990) was a well-known Hawaiian entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author. Noted for her hits such as “Beyond The Reef” and “Hawaiian Hospitality” in the late 1940s, she performed as a Hula dancer in the group The Coral Islanders in the 1950s and later embarked upon a successful media career as a radio DJ for her own show KTRG and presenting her own TV cooking show Napua’s Kitchen in the 1960s. She made two guest appearances in the popular series Hawaii Five-O and also presented the Aloha Week and Kamehameha Day hula shows.

The next Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ernest and Freddie Tavares and was presented by their niece Tasha Tavares.  His son Terry Tavares along with Alden Levi, Kenneth Makuakane and Alan Akaka put on a performane to honor Ernest and Freddie.


Freddie Tavares (1913 – 1990) was an American musician and inventor. Born in Hawaii, Tavares is perhaps best known for his role in designing the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender instruments and amplifiers, although he was a virtuoso on the steel guitar, playing on many hundreds of recording sessions, radio broadcasts and movie soundtracks. The signature steel guitar swoop at the beginning of every Warner Bros.Looney Tunes theatrical short was played by Tavares. His other credits include work with Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Sons of the Pioneers, “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Lawrence Welk, and Henry Mancini.

The next lifetime achievement award went to Jacqueline Leilani “Skylark” Rossetti for her extensive work in promoting Hawaiian Music.

You can check out a recent interview of Skylark with Leslie Wilcox here.

The final Lifetime Achievement Award went to the group Kalapana for their many years of great Hawaiian music.

They played a few songs for the audience that got everyone in the house grooving!

In 1973, childhood friends David John (DJ) Pratt and Carl James Malani Bilyeu auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono. Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck’s in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ’s grandfather’s garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word “Kalapana” is “sprouting money”. Kirk said the meaning was “beat of the music”, but he wanted “Dove” anyway. DJ thought it meant “Black Sand”. Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai.

They became a regular band at a club called “The Toppe Ada Shoppe”. They opened concerts for Earth, Wind & Fire, Batdorf & Rodney, The Moody Blues, Sly & The Family Stone, and Cecilio & Kapono. They released their first, self-titled album, Kalapana, which included Jackie Kelso on sax and flute, Bill Perry on bass and Larry Brown on drums.

Kalapana performed a three–concert event at the Waikiki Shell during the span of June 25–27, 1976, where 25,000 people attended. In 1977, they helped select the entrants for the “Home Grown” album project.

Kalapana won several Nani Awards, the predecessor to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. They were nominated for four categories and received “Best Performance by a duo or group”, and “Best Male Vocalist” for Mackey, who had split from the group and joined Billy Kaui (Country Comfort).

The group reorganized to include Randy Aloya, replacing Mackey, who was pursuing a solo career, DJ, Malani, Kirk, Michael and Alvin. The reorganized group included Kimo Cornwell (formerly with Beowolf and later with Hiroshima) on keyboards, toured in Japan and released “Kalapana Live In Japan” (Sun Plaza), “Northbound”, and “Kalapana Alive at Yokohama”. DJ, as Kalapana, also released “Hold On” and a solo LP “Branded”.

In Hawaii, Mackey & Malani regrouped and recorded “Kalapana Live Reunion”, a concert at the Waikiki Shell. The group changed members over the next few years while each pursued solo and duo efforts.

For me the most touching part of the afternoon was when the only son and grandchild of Mackey Fearey took the stage and addressed the audience on behalf of his deceased father.

As usual you can click on the pictures below for a larger view and don’t forget to tune into KFVE tomorrow for the live broadcast of the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show.

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival – Friday Workshops

Today was the first day I was able to attend the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival and it was basically a workshop day today with some jam sessions at the end of the day.  Here are some of the things that happened today:

It started with a panel that featured Līhau & Kellen Paik, Shawn Pimental, and Brett Ortone discussing how to just basically “Get Started” in the industry.

At the same time in another room there was a Haku Mele Panel Featuring: Puakea Nogelmeier , Dennis Kamakahi, Moon Kaukahi, Julian Ako, and Keali`i Reichel

There were up to five separate workshops going on at anytime through out the day in different rooms of the convention center.

At 10:00 there was a workshop on Promoting and Marketing your CD via both traditional methods and via new media that was put on by John Aeto, Ryan Ozawa, and Mona Wood-Sword.

Puakea Nogelmeier, Jon Osorio, Kalehua Krug, Kainani Kahaunaele, abd  Moon Kaukahi led a Haku Mele Panel that focused on Visualization, the senses and inspiration.

Kaleo Trinidad leads a hula workshop presented by Kinetsu that was translated in to Japanese for the Japanese speaking folks in attendance:

Also ongoing at 10:00 was a presentation by Steve Grimes who has designed some of guitars for the industries biggest names. Those that understand how important the slack key guitar is to Hawaiian music can appreciate these fine guitars.

Yamaha was also on hand and they demonstrated some of their latest instruments as well.

I took a break for about an hour and a half and had lunch at the All you can eat Buffet Hello Kitty Restaurant Makittii where I loaded up on crab legs, roast beef, sushi, oysters… etc…

I can’t believe how inexpensive it was and I just have no idea how they can stay in business with these type of prices!

After lunch I went back to the convention center and scoped out a few more workshops.

Getting your CD Online: MP3, iTunes, etc and how to get your songs online and other markets was presented by the President of CDBaby Brian Felsen and local online guru Ryan Ozawa.

Taylor Guitars brought in there representatives in the afternoon session

Taylor Guitars has become a regular for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and once again brought their latest line of guitars that were for sale.

Hula performance workshop with Kumu Hula Karen Aiu was done in the afternoon which was also translated into Japanese for the Japan visitors.

Around 3:30 Top Roland Sound engineers, designers and performers, Scott Tibbs, John Hernandez and Robert Marcello  presented some of Roland’s latest equipment and jammed away.

I’ll be checking more things out tomorrow and on Sunday so stay tuned and see who wins this year Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on Sunday evening.

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) Presents the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and Awards are open to the public and will take place primarily at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival (“NHHF”), May 26-29, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  The exciting calendar of events is open to the public (see ticket information, below), and includes an opening event, unique workshops, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and, of course, culminates in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 29th.  Kama‘aina and student rates are available for the workshops, and there is also a Kama‘aina rate for the Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon on May 28th.

Boyce Rodrigues

Boyce Rodrigues at the 2010 Life Time Achievement Awards

The Festival would not be possible with the support of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines, Kintetsu International Hawaii, and other sponsors and individuals who support Hawaiian music and musicians.  We offer a big mahalo nui to all of them!

Kuhao Zane

2010 Na Hoku Award winner Kuhao Zane

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 26 – OPENING EVENT*
Monarch Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
10:00 a.m.~2:00 p.m.
Tickets**:  $100 General; $75 HARA Members

This brunch and concert by past Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners will open the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – WORKSHOPS, DAY 1
Hawai‘i Convention Center
9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Fees for May 27 & 28 Workshops**:  $40 General Admission, Single Workshop; $100 General Admission, All-Day Pass; $30 Kama‘aina, Single Workshop; $90 Kama‘aina, All-Day Pass; $25 HARA Member or Student (with I.D.), Single Workshop; $75 HARA Member or Student (with I.D.), All-Day Pass.

Cas Haley and I

Cas Haley from America's Got Talent at one of last years workshops

•  Workshop Course 1: Music…The Business
This course set outlines the business side of being a recording artist/professional musician. It offers pointers and information for beginners as well as insight for established artists.

•  Workshop Course 2:  Manufacturers
We’re very happy to welcome a number of manufacturers both from here and abroad. These represent some of the biggest brand names in the music industry.

•  Workshop Course 3:  Extended Study
Not fitting in the conventional 50 minute time slot, we’ve added a ‘extended’ study set of workshops. Workshop 3 focuses on Hard Disk recording, Composition, songwriting and arrangement, and a storytellers session featuring some of the icons of the industry.

•  Workshop Course 4:  Hawaiian Language/Haku Mele
In order to give enough time to learn more about Hawaiian language usage, how to compose in Hawaiian as well as individual/group original composition review, we’ve created this extended series of workshops.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 – WORKSHOPS, DAY 2
Hawai‘i Convention Center
(Please see above for fees.)

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy with Kenny Loggins

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy with Kenny Loggins

•  Workshop Course 1:  Instrumentation
The instrumentation workshop is broken out by specific instrument/voice categories.

•  Workshop Course 2:  Music… the Business II
A continuation of Friday’s Music, the Business workshops. It offers pointers and information for beginners as well as insight for established artists

•  Workshop Course 3:  Extended Instrumentation
Our extended workshops for instrumentation provides a ‘201’ level instruction, tips and performances. For musicians that know the basics, or for fans of these performers.

•  Workshop Course 4:  Hawaiian Language/Haku Mele
In order to give enough time to learn more about Hawaiian language usage, how to compose in Hawaiian as well as individual/group original composition review, we’ve created this extended series of workshops.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Hawai‘i Convention Center
10:00 a.m.~2:00 p.m.
Tickets**:  $100 General Admission; $85 Kama‘aina; $75 HARA Member

Ida Keli‘i Chun

Ida Keli‘i Chun in red holding her 2010 Lifetime Achievement award

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon and concert will honor the following distinguished recipients:
•  Kalapana
•  Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti
•  Napua Stevens-Poire
•  Bill and Ernie Tavares
•  Bill Tapia

SUNDAY, MAY 29 – THE 34TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS
Kalakaua Ballroom, Hawai‘i Convention Center
Tickets**:  $150 General Admission; $135 Kama‘aina; $125 HARA Member

The 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiianairlines.com), and will be telecast live on KFVE.  The Awards honor the best of Hawai‘i’s recording artists in 26 categories, and features exciting performances.

The schedule for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be, as follows:
3:30 p.m.   Doors Open
4:00 p.m.   No-Host Cocktail Reception
5:15 p.m.   Dinner
5:30 p.m.   Pre-Telecast Program
7:00 p.m.   Show and Live Television Broadcast

The theme of this year’s awards show is “Our Music, One Heart, Our Hawaii.”

“The theme captures the thought that the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts celebrates the excellence of commercially recorded music of and by Hawai‘i’s music recording artists, and fully conscious of the economic growth and sustainability of Hawai‘i’s music industry,” said Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “We hope to see everyone interested in Hawai‘i’s music and the industry at all of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival events.  Our mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawai‘i’s music and recording industry.”

** For event and registration information for all Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival events:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

ABOUT THE NA HOKUHANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Hawaiian Airlines, and Kintetsu International, this 4-day music festival, May 26-29, 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.

Summary of Events:
Thursday, May 26            Opening Event                               Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Friday, May 27                 Workshops, Day 1                         Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28             Workshops, Day 2                         Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28              Lifetime Achievement Awards     Hawai‘i Convention Center
Sunday, May 29                Na Hoku Hanohano Awards         Hawai‘i Convention Center

ABOUT MELE MEI
Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawai’i. It encompasses a large number of daily workshops, concert performances, and award ceremonies.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.  Media may contact Huy Vo at Bright Light Marketing at (808) 275-3014, or by e-mail at huy@brightlightmarketing.com.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA, Opens for Five for Fighting at the Royal Kona Resort

Last night was the Five for Fighting concert at the Royal Kona Resort and I just thought I’d write a quick post on Barry Flanagan, the guy that opened the concert for Five for Fighting.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

Local boy Barry Flanagan of the group HAPA put on acoustic show that was awesome!  The weather was beautiful and the sun was just setting making for a great concert vibe.

Barry Flanagan opens for Five for Fighting at the Royal Kona Resort

A gorgesou Kona sunset

The Royal Kona Resort was the host of this great concert with Barry Flanagan and Five for Fighting and the amphitheater area of the resort was packed with folks.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

The crowd settles in for the concert

He talked to the crowd in between the songs and one thing he mentioned, was that when his group HAPA was touring recently… Sendai, Japan was the last stop of their tour so the Japan Tsunami has really affected him.

Leanne

I spy a Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort worker in the crowd!

I caught him backstage after he opened and he was very emotional about doing his first solo performance in front of such a large crowd as he normally performs with the entire band.  He had the following to say about the Japan Tsunami disaster and is obviously still emotional about it:

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Here is more information from his biography:

Barry Flanagan is an American singer-songwriter and musician and founder of the internationally acclaimed and award winning World Music group HAPA. Flanagan is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocal performances and ocean awareness projects. Born in New York City and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Flanagan came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1980 to study and explore the Art of Kiho Alu, or Slack-Key Guitar, and Haku Mele, Hawaiian poetic song composing. Flanagan heard the recordings of Ry Cooder and Hawaiian Slack Key icon Gabby Pahinui while living in Colorado, which inspired Flanagan’s first visit and eventual move to Hawaii. Flanagan immersed himself in Hawaiian Culture and Art, seeking out Native speakers, Teachers and Composers of Hawaiian Poetry along with legendary Hawaiian Slack key players, passionately studying all the indigenous art forms with Hawaii as the backdrop. An “eternal wellspring of inspiration for Artists and Writers from around the globe” is how Flanagan describes Hawaii.

A prolific composer and performer, and one of Hawaii’s most respected and celebrated Recording Artists and Producers, Barry Flanagan has composed some of Hawaii’s popular songs of the last three decades. In 1994, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts honored Flanagan, and Hawaiian Language Professor S.H. Kiope Raymond, with the prestigious “Haku Mele” award, an acknowledgement for Excellence in the Art of Song Composition in the Native Hawaiian Language. In 2004, Flanagan co-composed a song with friend Kenny Loggins for his Grammy nominated “More Songs from Pooh Corner” release. The song, entitled “Hana Aluna Lullaby” includes a chorus in the Hawaiian language, making this the first song utilizing Hawaiian lyrics to receive that distinction.

HAPA’s benchmark self-entitled first release in 1994 still remains the number one selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music, sweeping all six categories it was nominated for at the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy’s. “HAPA” was Produced, Composed, and Arranged by Flanagan, with supporting vocal performances by Grammy Award winning singer Kenny Loggins and Guitar performance by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Stephen Stills.

All follow up HAPA recordings, 1997’s “In The Name of Love”(“The year’s best album”-Honolulu Advertiser); 1999’s  “Namahana”(“A Masterpiece”-The San Francisco Chronicle) and 2005’s “MAUI”debuted in Billboard Magazine’s World Magazine’s Top Ten.

Currently, HAPA’s music can be heard in the Adam Sandler Movie “Just Go With It”, released in theaters Febuary 2011.

Director Dennis Dugan also featured HAPA as “the band” in the movie’s supper club scene shot on Maui in May 2010.

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