Ala Moana Hotel Contest Celebrates the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Kama’aina have the opportunity to win a free two-night stay at Ala Moana Hotel

As the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Ala Moana Hotel will present its own prize envelope to three lucky people that correctly predict the winners of three Na Hoku award categories. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members are invited to enter for a chance to win a free two-night stay in a sleek one-bedroom, ocean-view suite at Ala Moana Hotel.

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Photo Credit: Poi Planet

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
Photo Credit: Poi Planet

“Ala Moana Hotel is proud to be the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards,” said Marty Milan, Ala Moana Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “To celebrate Hawaii’s biggest night in music, our island residents are encouraged to stop by and take a guess at who might bring home the gold for a chance to win a two-night stay here at Ala Moana Hotel.”

“And the Winner is…”

The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, May 25. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members have until Friday, May 24 to correctly guess the winner in three categories of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and be entered to receive a free two-night stay at Honolulu’s Landmark Hotel. All eligible entry forms with three correct guesses in the categories of ‘female vocalist of the year,’ ‘male vocalist of the year’ and ‘group of the year,’ qualify for the random drawing that will determine the three prize recipients.

Qualified entrants must be 21 years or more at the time of entry and legal residents of the State of Hawaii or Pacific Business Connection guests. Participants may pick up a form at the front desk and can vote once per day. All completed forms must be returned to the front desk by midnight on Friday, May 24. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 31. No purchase necessary to participate in this sweepstakes. Official contest rules for the “And the Winner is…” contest are available upon request at the Ala Moana Hotel front desk. 

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Na Palapalai in Concert Sunday at the Sheraton Keauhou

Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Na Palapalai in Concert Sunday at the Sheraton Keauhou:

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, 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”
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO for “Peace, Love, Ukulele”
  • WAIPUNA for “E Hoi Mai”


Go to 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

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).

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,, 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
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail

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