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

My Predictions for the 2010 Na Hoku Awards

I’m lucky enough to be able to attend this years Na Hoku Festivals that are starting this week and then concluding with the awards show that will be broadcast on Sunday evening.

Here are some of my predictions for this years awards:

Most Promising Artist(s) of the Year: Most Promising first-recorded effort as a featured artist or group (must be Hawai`i resident).

RODNEY CAZIMERO, Kohala Moon (Heloke)

ANUHEA JENKINS, Anuhea (OneHawaii)

KOLOHE KAI, This is the Life (Go Aloha)

KÜLEWA, Külewa (Oversized)

ALVIN OKAMI, Just Uke and Me (KoAloha)

My Prediction:

Female Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a female artist (must be Hawai`i resident).

NOHELANI CYPRIANO, Pulelehu..My Precious Butterfly (Pulelehua)

AMY HANAIALI`I, Friends and Family of Hawai`i (Ua)

RAIATEA HELM, Raiatea Live! (Raiatea Helm)

LORNA LIM, Polinahe, (Palm)

MAILANI, Mailani (Mountain Apple)

My Prediction:

Male Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a male artist (must be Hawai`i resident). (Two way tie for 5th place.)

BROTHER NOLAND, Hawaiian Man (Mountain Apple)

O`BRIAN ESELU, Aloha E, Aloha E, Aloha E (Hiki No)

ULUWEHI GUERRERO, Uluwehi Sings Nä Mele Hula Aloha (Kaulupono)

UNCLE WILLIE K, Uncle Willie K Live from Mulligan’s on the Blue (Maui Tribe)

KELI`I KANEALI`I, Kaua`i (Mountain Apple)

HENRY KAPONO, The Wild Hawaiian Experience (Eclectic)

My Prediction:

Of course there are a lot of other categories.  You can view all of the finalists here.

Of course since I’ll be wearing different Sig Zane Design shirts throughout the festival,  I’ll be rooting on Kuhao Zane, son of Sig Zane, in the Best Graphics Awards for POLINAHE, Lorna Lim (Palm)

I can’t wait to go and I thank those that are involved in bringing me over!