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Free Kalani Peʻa Show in Kailua Village

Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Kalani Peʻa will perform a free show as part of the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The show will be across from the Huliheʻe Palace from 5 to 6 p.m.

Peʻa’s first CD came out on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, which hit No. 1 on iTunes on the World Music Charts and No. 11 on the Billboard Music World Charts. Most recently, Peʻa released Kanakaloka a new Christmas single that’s available on digital media platforms.

Peʻa’s debut album, E Walea, just received a coveted and honorable Grammy Award in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album Category” during the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Pe‘a composed and co-composed seven haku mele (Hawaiian music compositions) and performed five of his favorite covers on the award-winning debut album.

Peʻa is the first Native Hawaiian singer/songwriter to win a Grammy in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album Category” since the “Best Hawaiian Music Album Category” dissolved in 2011.

Learn more about Kalani Peʻa online or by email at kalanipeamusic@gmail.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):

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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, “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-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.

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.

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.




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.”


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

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.

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.

Public Invited to the Mele Mei 2012 Opening Luncheon and Concert Performances

The public is invited to the Opening Luncheon for Mele Mei 2012 at the Willows Restaurant on Friday, April 27th from 11:00 – 3:00.

General Admission is $60.00 and  $52 for HARA Members.

Month Long Celebration of Music in Hawaii – 2nd Annual Mele Mei

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (“HTA”) are excited to announce live concert events featuring Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and nominees at premiere Waikiki hotels as part of the 2nd Annual Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of the music of Hawai‘i, from April 27 through May 29, 2012.

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These concerts will be held at Halekulani, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, The MODERN Honolulu, The Royal Hawaiian, and Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Find out more about our hotel partners and the artists, below.

A summary of the concert events is, as follows, by venue, in alphabetical order.


• Tuesday, May 8, 2012 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Halekulani Presents the New Generation – featuring WAIPUNA

• Tuesday, May 15, 2012 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Halekulani Presents the New Generation – featuring MAILANI MAKAINAI

• Tuesday, May 22, 2012• 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Halekulani Presents the New Generation – featuring KUPAOA

• Tuesday, May 29, 2012 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Halekulani Presents the New Generation – featuring MARK YAMANAKA

Halekulani Ticket Information: Free
Halekulani Parking: Valet
Halekulani Event Information: Tel. (808) 923-2311


• Friday, April 27, 2012 • 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Presents Na Hoku Hanohano All-Stars – featuring ROBI KAHAKALAU, NAPUA MAKUA and AMY HANAIALII

• Friday, May 18, 2012 • 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Presents Na Hoku Hanohano All-Stars – featuring MAUNALUA, CYRIL PAHINUI, and JOHN CRUZ

Hilton Ticket Information: $20 General. $50 VIP. $600 VIP Table for Six (includes food & beverage); Food & beverages available for purchase; All proceeds benefit the 34th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk (www.charitywalkhawaii.org).
Hilton Parking Information: $5 Self-Parking. $13 Valet.
Hilton Event Information: Tel. (808) 949-4321 or www.hiltonhawaiianvilllage.com/mele


• Saturday, May 26, 2012 • Time: TBA
The Modern Honolulu Presents Island Rock Pool Party – featuring THE THROWDOWNS and PIMPBOT

The MODERN Ticket Information: TBA
The MODERN Parking: Valet
The MODERN Event Information: Tel. (808) 943-5800

Thursday, May 24, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Royal Hawaiian Concert Event: Na Wahine Hanohano – featuring TERESA BRIGHT and NATALIE AI KAMAUU

The Royal Ticket Information: $42 Pre-Sale. $49 at the Door (includes parking validation)
The Royal Parking: Valet (see above)
The Royal Event Information: Tel. (808) 923-7311


Moana Surfrider Presents the Sounds of Waikiki
(All Moana Surfrider event information TBA)

Please visit www.melemei.com for all event updates and ticket information.


Nominations For 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Being Accepted

To all Hawai‘i labels, recording artists, producers and distributors: we have opened the nomination process for the 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. In order to be eligible for the 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, releases must be available for purchase by December 31, 2011. Please note that it is not enough to upload them to iTunes, TuneCore or other services by December 31, 2011–they must be available for sale by that date.

And the winner is...

We encourage members to use the online entry form to make submissions, though we have posted both the nomination forms and guidelines for the 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, and they are now available for download here and from our Scribd.com account. We encourage members who already have releases out in 2011 to enter them as soon as possible. Your prompt action will assist us in processing all entries in a timely manner.

Be sure to read the guidelines carefully, and you may also want to consult the document on our Scridb.com site that documents the changes to various category and criteria for 2011 entries. The HARA office must receive all entry forms for the 2012 Awards no later than January 31, 2012. No exceptions will be made.

*Editors Note* Here are pictures from the 2011 winners.

First Annual Na Palapalai Song Contest