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Monday, November 22, 1999

Winning roster at
Hawaii Music Awards

By John Berger
Special to the Star-Bulletin


Johnny Kai's 3rd Annual Hawaii Music Awards at Blaisdell Arena last night added up to five hours of often unpredictable musical entertainment and commentary.

Paul Ogata and Greg Hammer distinguished themselves as co-announcers for a good chunk of the rambling and often improvised proceedings prior to intermission. Loyal Garner and Melveen Leed dominated the podium to good effect later in the evening.

The Ka'ala Boys, Reality & THC, Vaihi, Koa Uku, Tim Couch, Darrell Labrado, Sonny Mcguire, Masami Sato, Heiari i Amaru and Crystal Mateo & The Kamehameha Schools Children's Choir, provided musical interludes.

Kalapana -- Malani Bilyeu, Gaylord Holomalia, and D.J. Pratt -- closed the event with a short tribute to Mackey Feary.

Here are the winners:

Bullet World Music Album: "Banana Boat Rider" by Greg McDonald
Bullet New Age Album: "Whale Cry of the Ocean" by Pierre Grill & Lisa Leung
Bullet Country Album: "Dreaming Beyond Aboriginal Art" By Gordon Freitas
Bullet Island Music Album: "Grattitude" by Fiji
Bullet Latin Music Album: "Hawaii Latino" by Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
Bullet Pop Album: "Kim Char Meredith" by Kim Char Meredith
Bullet Reggae Album: "Movin' On" by Reality
Bullet Rap Album: "In the Mix" by SKI & The Swing Flava Family
Bullet Jazz Album: "Get Stung" by Alex B
Bullet Oahu Band Directors Award: Dennis Kaneshiro (Kalani)
Bullet Teachers in Residence Award: Rosy Wong
Bullet Hawaiian Traditional Music Album (2): "Folk Songs of Hawaii" by Nohelani Kanoho and "So Sweet" by Ku'uipo Kumukahi:
Bullet Mahalo Awards -- Maui: Old Lahaina Luau and Maui Music Festival
Bullet Inspirational Music Album: "Treasures From Home" by Crystal Mateo
Bullet Rhythm & Blues Album: "Hands of Time" by Chant
Bullet Rock Album: Michael Piranha: "Silhouette Artist"
Bullet Compilation Album (producer's award) (2): "Peter Moon Presents Juicy Fruits" by Peter Moon and "Hawaiian Born" by Bob St. John
Bullet Comedy Album: "Mental Oriental" by Paul Ogata
Bullet Hawaii Music Teachers Award: Alex Briguglio
Bullet Mahalo Awards -- Oahu: Steck's, Chai's Island Bistro, Honolulu Zoological Society, Mai Tai Bar, Don Ho's Island Grill
Bullet Hawaiian Instrumental Album: "Duo" by Herb Ohta
Bullet Variety Show Album: "Every Facet of My Heart" by Matt Yee
Bullet Seasonal Album: "Hawaiian Christmas Day" by various artists
Bullet Children's Music Album: "Muffin's The Colors of A Rainbow" by Aaron Kimura, Ben Vegas, Darla Short
Bullet Hawaiian Contemporary Album: E&S Hawaiian Band: "Friends in Music"
Bullet Mayor's Performing Arts Award: Irngard Farden Aluli
Bullet International Hawaiian Music Album: "Masami" by Masami Sato
Bullet Best Music Video: Waka/One-Fu Steve Banfill ("Beach Ball")
Bullet Showcase of the Year Award: Magic of Polynesia
Bullet Entertainer of the Year: John Hirokawa
Bullet Event of the Year (3): Miss Universe, "Destination Stardom," "Baywatch Hawaii"
Bullet Polynesian Music Category (2): Dennis Ah Yek, Maeora
Bullet Special Mahalo Award: 'Olelo Community Television
Bullet Hawaii Songwriters Association Songwriter Entertainer Award: Stan Rubens
Bullet Hawaii Musicians Association Local 677 Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin Denny
Bullet Studio Musicians of the Year Awards: Guitar: Zanuck Kapala Lindsey (guitar); David Inamine (bass); David Choy (instrumentalist); Pierre Grill (keyboards); Ginai (studio vocalist); Noel Okimoto and Jess Gopen (drums)
Bullet Arranger: Marvic Esquibil
Bullet Most Popular New Artist 1999: Pure Heart
Bullet Most Popular Album 1999: "Grattitude" by Fiji
Bullet Governor's Fine Arts Award: Al Masini

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