Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Cecilio and Kapono's "Thirty Years of Friends -- Lifetime Party" is up for several awards, including Na Hoku Album of the Year. The duo was photographed, top, at a reunion concert.

Local talents
vie for Hokus

Keali'i Reichel boasts
10 nominations while Kainani
Kahaunaele makes a strong debut

Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and Willie K are listed on the ballot as a duo rather than as a "female vocalist," and Keali'i Reichel is back with a vengeance, as the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts announces the finalists for the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

The ballot goes out to the HARA membership today. The winners will be announced at the annual awards show in May.

The personable and ever-popular Reichel has a pace-setting 10 nominations for his long-awaited album "Ke'alaokamaile," including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year and Hawaiian Language Performance.

First-time recording artist Kainani Kahaunaele makes one of the strongest debuts of recent memory with seven nominations for her album, "Na'u Oe," including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance and Most Promising Artist.

Local-boy-turned-national recording artist Jack Johnson is nominated in the Rock Album category.

Amy and Willie, who were the focus of controversy in 2000 when a change in HARA rules allowed them to compete and win in the Female Vocalist category a year after they won Group of the Year honors, are finalists in four categories, including Group of the Year.

Two Star-Bulletin staffers are also on the final ballot. Mark Coleman, whose current album, "Outside the Circle," was voted Country Album of the Year at the Hawaii Music Awards earlier this month, is one of five finalists in HARA's Rock Album category. He'll be up against Chance & the Blues Daddies, Jack Johnson, Sugah Daddy and Dave Seawater.

Gary C.W. Chun, features writer and editor of our weekend entertainment section, is a finalist in the Liner Notes category for his annotation of Noel Okimoto's "Ohana" album.

The HARA membership vote determines the winners in 21 categories. A panel of Hawaiian music and language experts selects the final nominees and winners for the Haku Mele and Hawaiian Language Performance awards.

The winner of the Favorite Entertainer Award will be determined by public voting at Borders beginning next month.

The 27th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show will take place May 24 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with part of the proceedings televised live starting 7:30 p.m. on KFVE-TV. Tickets for the dinner and show are $95 per person. Call 235-9424 for reservations.

Amy Gilliom, left, and Willie K are nominated in the Group of the Year category, among others.


Na Hoku 2004 final ballot

Here is the list of nominees for the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards:

Female Vocalist of the Year

>> Anelaikalani, "Among My Souvenirs" (Shaka)
>> Maila Gibson, "More" (808e)
>> Kainani Kahaunaele, "Na'u 'Oe" ('Aha Punana Leo)
>> Azure McCall, "The Gift," (MUSEFX)
>> Tani Lynn, "Tani Lynn" (Aloha Entertainment Group)

Male Vocalist of the Year

>> Danny Couch, "Then & Now" (Danny Couch)
>> Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, "Mo'o'lelo" (Makuakane Music)
>> Weldon Kekauoha, "Kanaka Maoli" ('Ohelo)
>> Martin Pahinui, "Ho'olohe (Listen)" (Dancing Cat)
>> Keali'i Reichel, "Ke'alaokamaile" (Punahele)

Group of the Year

>> Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and Willie K, "Amy & Willie Live" (Blind Man Sound)
>> Cecilio and Kapono, "Thirty Years of Friends -- Lifetime Party" (C&K)
>> Ho'okena, "Cool Elevation" (Ho'omau)
>> Kapena, "Won't Stop Now" (KDE)
>> Maunalua, "Kuleana" (Lokahi)

Most Promising Artist(s)

>> Manny K. Fernandez, "In This Enchanted Place" (Peke Kini)
>> Maila Gibson, "More" (808e)
>> 'Ike Pono, Ka Mano Wai, "The Source of Life" (Ohana)
>> Kainani Kahaunaele, "Na'u 'Oe" ('Aha Punana Leo)
>> Kaumakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka'ole, "Ha'i Kupuna" (Hula)

Compilation Album

Producer's award for best album of newly released material by a minimum of three distinct artists
>> "Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners IV," various artists (Hula); Donald P. "Flip" McDiarmid III, William Baba Alimoot and Steve Kramer, producers
>> "Girl Scouts Greatest Hits, Vol. 6 -- Little Happy Camper," various artists (Legend); Melinda Carroll, producer
>> "I Mua E Na Poki'i," various artists (Hawaiian Cultural Center/KSBE); Randie & Jamie Fong, Kenneth Makuakane and Tasha Tavares, producers
>> "Our Ohana's 1st Christmas," various artists (Ohana); Carole Baguio and Diane Sunada Koshi, producers
>> "Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2," various artists (Palm); Charles Michael Brotman, producer

Anthology Album

Producer's award -- best album of previously released material
>> "All the Best of Darlene Ahuna, Vol. 1," Darlene Ahuna (Hula); Donald P. "Flip" McDiarmid III, producer
>> "The Dean of Hawaiian Music," John Kameaaloha Almeida (Hana Ola); Harry B. Soria Jr., producer
>> "Ho'ulu'ulu 'Ekahi," Ku'uipo Kumukahi (Ke'alohi); Ku'uipo Kumukahi and Karen Aiu, producers
>> "Nina," Nina Keali'iwahamana (Mountain Apple); Jack de Mello, producer
>> "Pride of Punahele II," various artists (Punahele); Keali'i Reichel, Fred Krauss and Jim Linkner, producers

Christmas Album

>> "Another Island Christmas," Randy, Gay & Andrew Hongo (Christian Vision)
>> "Mele Kalikimaka," Allison (Kina)
>> "Mele Kalikimaka from Kanilau," Kanilau (Nani Lawai)
>> "A Real Steel Christmas," Greg & Junko MacDonald (GMM)
>> "Shaka Kalikimaka," Imua (808e)

Religious Album

>> "At This Fork in the River," Inventory Man
>> "For an Audience of One," Rupert Tripp Jr. (L & L)
>> "Hosana," Na Leo Ho'onani (Un 2 One)
>> "In the Midst," Jan Kaeo
>> "Warriors Come Home," June Mataia (Warriors Come Home)

Contemporary Album

>> "The Gift," Azure McCall (MUSEFX )
>> "More," Maila Gibson (808e)
>> "Then & Now," Danny Couch (Danny Couch)
>> "Thirty Years of Friends -- Lifetime Party," Cecilio & Kapono (C&K)
>> "Won't Stop Now," Kapena (KDE)

Rock Album

Mark Coleman: Nominated in the rock album category for "Outside the Circle"

>> "Deaf Dog Blues," Chance & the Blues Daddies (Manawa)
>> "On and On," Jack Johnson (Enjoy)
>> "Outside the Circle," Mark Coleman (Kekela Sounds)
>> "Sugah Daddy," Sugah Daddy (Daddy Leopard)
>> "Two Hearts," Dave Seawater (MSE Studios)

Reggae Album

>> "The Circle," Natural Vibrations (Natural Vibrations)
>> "Forward," Kahiau (Poi Pounder)
>> "Reggae Soul," Butch Helemano (NEOS)
>> "Stay With Me," Norm (NEOS)
>> "Take You to the Jam," Ho'onu'a (Feel Good)

Jazz Album

>> "Dreams do Come True," Janine Alondres (Honu)
>> "Message from Puna," Mark Mallory (Bamboo)
>> "Ohana," Noel Okimoto (Roy Sakuma)
>> "Ordinary Man," Bob Bangerter (Don't Stop Music)
>> "Sounds of the City," Honolulu Jazz Quartet (HJQ)

Instrumental Album

>> "Cool Breeze," Kohala (Palm)
>> "Crosscurrent," Jake Shimabukuro (Four Strings)
>> "Keaweualani," John Keawe (Homestead)
>> "Manuela Boy," Ohta-san (M & H Hawai'i)
>> "Ukulele Romance," Herb Ohta Jr. (Roy Sakuma)

Contemporary Hawaiian Album

>> "Among my Hawaiian Souvenirs," George Na'ope (Duck Pond)
>> "Amy & Willie K Live," Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom & Willie K (Blind Man Sound)
>> "Kanaka Maoli," Weldon Kekauoha & Tapa Groove ('Ohelo)
>> "Ki Ho'alu: Journey of Hawaiian Slack Key," Makana (Punahele)
>> "Mohala Hou, Music of the Hawaiian Renaissance," Keola Beamer ('Ohe)
Veteran performer George Na'ope is up for the Hawaiian Contemporary Album award.

Hawaiian Album

>> "Cool Elevation," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
>> "Ho'olohe (Listen)," Martin Pahinui (Dancing Cat)
>> "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
>> "Kuleana," Maunalua (Lokahi)
>> "Ululani," Richard Ho'opi'i (Mountain Apple)

Song of the Year

Composer's award -- best achievement in creating a first-time recorded song
>> "E Pili Mai" by Puakea Nogelmeier from "Two Voices, One Heart," Hema Pa'a (Hula)
>> "Hanalei in the Moonlight" by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett from "Mo'o'olelo," Kawaikapuokalani Hewett (Makuakane Music)
>> "Ka Nohona Pili Kai" by Keali'i Reichel & Puakea Nogelmeier from "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
>> "More" by Maila Gibson and Ben Vegas from "More," Maila Gibson (808e)
>> "Na'u 'Oe" by Kainani Kahaunaele from "Na'u 'Oe," Kainani Kahaunaele ('Aha Punana Leo)

Album of the Year

Artist(s) and producer(s) award for best release of the year
>> "Amy & Willie Live," Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and Willie K (Blind Man Sound); Willie K, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Jim Linkner and World Sound, producers
>> "Cool Elevation," Ho'okena (Ho'omau); Ho'okena, producers
>> "Ho'ulu'ulu 'Ekahi," Ku'uipo Kumukahi (Ke'alohi); Ku'uipo Kumukahi and Karen Aiu, producers
>> "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele); Keali'i Reichel, Fred Krauss and Jim Linkner, producers
>> "Na'u 'Oe," Kainani Kahaunaele ('Aha Punana Leo); 'Aha Punana Leo, producer

Technical awards


Best achievement in album cover design
>> Design Logix for "I Mua E Na Poki'i," various artists (Hawaiian Cultural Center/KSBE)
>> Kevin Hughes for "Ki Ho'alu: Journey of Hawaiian Slack Key," Makana (Punahele)
>> Scott Johnson for "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
>> Craig Okino for "One," Jon Yamasato (808e)
>> Brian Onaga for "Mo'o'olelo," Kawaikapuokalani Hewett (Makuakane Music)


Best achievement in engineering
>> Milan Bertosa for "Ohana," Noel Okimoto (Roy Sakuma)
>> Troy Gonzalez for "Cool Elevation," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
>> Gaylord Holomalia for "Thirty Years of Friends -- Lifetime Party," C&K (C&K)
>> Jim Linkner for "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
>> Dave Russell for "Ordinary Man," Bob Bangerter (Don't Stop Music)

Liner Notes

Best achievement in album annotation
>> 'Aha Punana Leo for "Na'u 'Oe," Kainani Kahaunaele ('Aha Punana Leo)
>> Gary Chun for "Ohana," Noel Okimoto (Roy Sakuma)
>> Randie Fong for "I Mua E Na Poki'i," various artists (Hawaiian Cultural Center/KSBE)
>> Fred Krauss, Puakea Nogelmeier and Keali'i Reichel for "Ke'alaokamaile," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
>> Harry B. Soria Jr. for "The Dean of Hawaiian Music," John Kameaaloha Almeida (HanaOla)

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