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STAR-BULLETIN FILE / 2002
Jake Shimabukuro's still a favorite with Hawaii music fans. He's picked up three Hawaii Music Awards People's Choice wins, in categories of Entertainer of the Year, and Album and Instrumental Hawaiian Album of the Year for "Cross Current."


Hawaii Music Awards
continue to grow


Winners in the 7th annual Hawaii Music Awards People's Choice voting ballots, Special Recognition Awards and Music Education Honors were announced early today, with winners to be recognized during a ceremony taking place 6 p.m. April 4 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tropics Showroom.

The public is invited to attend the dinner and show, with tickets priced at $60. Proceeds from the event will benefit Music Foundation of Hawaii Scholarship Program and the Hawaii Music Awards.

For more information, call 951-6699.

This year's awards go to:

Internet Radio Artist of the Year: Danny Couch

Entertainer of the Year: Jake Shimabukuro

Female vocalist: Maila Gibson

Male vocalist: Keali'i Reichel

Group: Kawaihae

Engineer: Bob St. John

Producer: Dr. Trey

Song: Zacc Kekona

New artist: Zacc Kekona

Album: "Cross Current" by Jake Shimabukuro

Studio musician: (2) Noel Okimoto and Daniel Ho

Loyal Garner Award: (2) Inter FM Corporation and Honolulu Festivals Foundation

Event: Honolulu Jazz Festival

Adult Contemporary Album: "Dreams Do Come True" by Janine Alondres

Anthology: "To You, Sweetheart Aloha" by Nina Kealiiwahamana

Blues Album: "Deaf Dog Blues" by Chance & The Blues Daddies

Children's Music Album: "A Pocket of Tunes" by Dr. Mac

Comedy Album: "Silver Anniversary: Da Complete Collection" by Frank Delima

Compilation Album: "A Place Called Hawaii 2" by Aloha Joe & Michael Cord

Country Album: "Outside the Circle" by Mark Coleman

Folk Album: "But it Was on Sale" Can't Sing Records

Hawaiian Contemporary Album: "30 Years of Friends" by Cecilio & Kapono

Hip Hop Album: "React For Him" by Kutmaster Spaz

Inspirational Album: "The Bride to the Bridegroom" by Carolyn Vargas

Instrumental Hawaiian Album: "Cross Current" by Jake Shimabukuro

Island Contemporary Album: "In This Enchanted Place" by Manny K. Fernandez

Jazz Album: "Hana" by Noel Okimoto

Latin Album: "Umores de Hawaii" by Internacionales Pasteles

New Age Album: "Cool Breeze" by Kohala

Patriotic Album: "Patriotic Slack Key" by Friends of Aloha

Polynesian Album: "Tabu" by Polynesia

Pop Album: "More" by Maila Gibson

Punk/Ska Album: "Kam Highway Catharsis" by Upstanding Youth

Rhythm & Blues Album: "Urban Warriors 'Set Us Free'" by Simplisity

Rap Album: (tie) "Implosion" by OriginAL, and "The Project" by Big Break

Reggae Album: "Stand Tall" by Kontiki

Rock Album: "e'hawaiian rock band" by SUGahDADDY

Seasonal Album: "A Real Steel Christmas" by Greg and Junko MacDonald

Single Record: "I Want My Island Girl Maxi" by Darrell Labrado

Slack-Key Album: "Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar: The Complete Collection" by Daniel Ho

Soundtrack: "Ki Ho'alu" by Keola Beamer

Traditional Hawaiian Album: "Na'u 'Oe" by Kainani Kahaunaele

World Music Album: "Honor Bound" by Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra

Music education honors

Music Educator: Mr. George Poliahu, Kailua Intermediate Band, 36 years

Hilo High School music students Natasha Taketa and Tiffany Mendoza

Honokaa High School music students Bango Gancinia, Gary Washburn, Ala Ablao and Cecily Ballio

Leilehua High School music students Gerado Rodriguez, Morris Anderson and Lyndsey Correia

Punahou High School music students Emily Hodges, Justin Furuta and Wil Tafolo



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