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.

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