On the Scene
Hawaii Music Awards, Part 2
SINGING ABOUT 'SUFFEREIGNTY':
Mat Kalani Souza, left, and Darrell Aquino featured songs from their current album, "Suffereignty," as they led SUGahDADDY through one of the most impressive performances at the 2006 Hawaii Music Awards show in the Tropics Showroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Saturday. It was the fourth and final day of 2006 HMA events, and although about half of this year's winners either sent representatives or ignored the event entirely, the program moved smoothly and ran almost as scheduled. Most of the recipients kept their comments short and to the point, and a only a few overstayed their welcome at the podium or as performers. It was by far the best-produced event in the history of the Hawaii Music Awards.
ONE FOR TRADITION:
Manny K. Fernandez and his wife, BettyJo, savored his win in the Contemporary Hawaiian category. HMA spokesman Aloha Joe said that Fernandez's album, "My Island Paradise," received the most votes of any nominee in any category.
FOR THE FAMILY:
HMA winner Aziel Toeaina, third from left, partied with David Katna, left, his brother, Alez Toeaina, and his record producer, Won Kim.
BEAUTIFUL HAWAIIAN MUSIC:
A short set by HMA winners Holunape -- Kawai'a Nakamura, left, Kama Hopkins and Kekoa Kaluhiwa -- was an early musical highlight. The trio's debut album, "He 'Olu," won in the Traditional Hawaiian category.
BRITTNI WINS AGAIN:
Brittni Paiva, left, celebrated with her mother, Leann, after she led an all-star band in playing selections from her current album, "Hear...". Pavia's debut album was also an HMA winner.
John Gruhler III, left, prepared to immortalize the moment after Nathan Aweau received the trophy in the Jazz Album category. Aweau's album, "Jazz Etude," is a great display of what an electric bass can do.
HMA emcee Sonya Mendez, left, talked with Allison Chu as the show was winding down. This was a big year for Mendez. She also received an HMA Legacy Award and won in the Single category.