Amy Hanaiali’i Returns to Kahilu Theatre

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents the award winning, and much beloved, Hawaiian Singer-Songwriter Amy Hānaiali‘i.

Amy Hānaiali‘i is the aloha state’s top selling female vocalist of all time, and her success as a recording artist speaks for itself as evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Hānaiali‘i has also won a range of Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, which showcases her varied musical depth.

Amy Hanaiali'i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Over the years Hānaiali‘i won the in following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her diverse success, with cultural responsibility, provides clear recognition by Hawai‘i’s music community and Amy’s fans that her musical appeal is universally accepted. Hānaiali‘i’s albums have consistently been placed at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.

Hanaiali’i’s talent emerges from a disciplined blend of classical training, fusing powerhouse vocalists, and honoring her family through her worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.

Amy Hanaiali

Amy Hanaiali

Amy has played for sold out crowds in Europe, Japan, China, all across America, and French Polynesia. She also has performed live and opened for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many more.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd. Undoubtedly her world famous falsetto training and strict pronunciation lessons gave Amy a beloved respect of Hawaiian Culture and Music, making her grandmother Nāpua one of Hānaiali’i’s most influential people in her life.

Aside from the music community, Hānaiali’i has garnered accolades from Pacific Business News as their “40 under 40 Business Person of the Year” award, recognizing not only Hānaiali’i’s talent, but also her business acumen needed to market her talent. Hānaiali’i has recently launched the Hānaiali’i Collection featuring a line of children’s clothing, inspired by her daughter, with legendary Hawai’i retailer Hilo Hattie. In addition to the clothing line, she has also launched a line of wines, as well as releasing a CD called Chardonnay; created to be enjoyed with her signature libations.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

The Kahilu Theatre performance is made possible by sponsorship from Nancy Lematta and Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel.

The Kahilu 2015/2016 Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by KAPA Radio and Kona Brewing Company.

Amy Hanaiali’i Christmas Concerts in Kealakekua, Kamuela and Hilo

Amy Hānaiali’i will perform three Christmas Concerts on the big island, on Wednesday December 18 at 7pm at the Aloha Theatre in Kealakekua, on Thursday December 19 at 8pm at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela, and on Friday December 20 at 7pm at The Palace Theater in Hilo.

Amy Hanaiali'i for Friends and Family of Hawaii

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Tickets are available in advance from, or from Kiernan Music for the Kealakekua show; from, or 885-6868 for the Kamuela show, and via or 934-7010 for the Hilo show.  Tickets for the Palace and the Aloha Theatre are $30 general admission, with $25 discount price for students and seniors.  At the door all tickets will be $35.  Tickets for the Kahilu Theatre show are reserved seating, ranging from $20 to $65, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members.

Amy’s band will include Kamuela Kimokeo, Steve Jones, and Darryl Pellegrini.  The shows are produced by Tim Bostock Productions – long time Honolulu promoter recently moved to the Big Island, and since September the Artistic and General Manager of the Kahilu Theatre.

Amy Hānaiali’iis Hawaii’s top selling female vocalist of all time. She is a 5 time Grammy Nominee and a 17 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner. All 11 of her albums have been in the top ten World Billboard Charts.

While Hānaiali’i received years of formal musical and theatrical training, it was Tutu Jennie who ultimately inspired her to grow in Hawaiian music. Recognizing her natural vocal abilities, Tutu arranged for a meeting between the legendary Genoa Keawe and her granddaughter. It was Aunty Genoa that introduced Amy to the ha’i falsetto music. Amy’s talent of ha’i brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today.

Amy Hānaiali’i has opened for numerous acts such as: Joe Cocker, Diana Krall, Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Skaggs, and Carlos Santana and recorded an acclaimed duet with Willie Nelson on her Friends and Family CD. Hānaiali’i has performed numerous times with the Honolulu Symphony Pops and made her debut with the Nashville Symphony.  She will cross over to Oahu following the big island concerts to play the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with the new Hawaii Symphony.

Her Christmas Concert is a beautiful blend of traditional Christmas songs, sung in Hawaiian and English.  This show is a tribute to her childhood (growing up in a Hawaiian Church), while holding true to her classic hits that have made her so popular. Amy Hānaiali’i lives on her home island, Maui, where she raises her daughter Madeline.


2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… The Winners

I had a great time at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and was honored to be asked to take pictures of the winners after they had received their awards.

The winners are:

Best Graphics:

Kuhao Zane for the Design on the cover of Mailani's album Polinahe

Best Instrumental Album:

"Live" by Jake Shimabukura

Best Slack Key Album:

"Maui on My Mind" by Jeff Peterson

Best Jazz Album of the Year:

"Girl Talk" by the Hula Honeys

Haku Mele:

"Hanohano Helumoa" by Ho'okena - Manu Boyd, Composer

Hawaiian Language Performance:

"Nani Mau Loa - Everlasting Beauty" by Ho'okena

Hawaiian Album:

"Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha" by Uluwehi Guerrero

Reggae Album:

"Ekolu Music II: Anthem" by Ekolu

Contemporary Album:

"Anuhea" by Anuhea Jenkins

Island Music Album:

"Ku'uipo E Hula Mai Me A'u" by Ku'uipo Kumukahi

R&B/ Hip Hop Album:

"Before My Last Breath" by Ryan Hiraoka

Best Rock Album:

"Acoustic-Me" by Kona

Group of the Year:


Most Promising Artist:

Anuhea Jenkins

Male Vocalist of the Year:

(Uncle Willie K – Maui Tribe [NOT PRESENT])

Song of the Year:

"Polinahe" Composed by Lorna Lim & Wailau Ryder. Kuhao Zane (right) won a Na Hoku Award earlier in the night for Graphics Design on this Album.

Female Vocalist of the Year:


Album of the Year:

Amy Hanaiali'i for Friends and Family of Hawaii