Kapena won the Hawaii Music Award for best anthology. The group, shown at last year's USO Hawaii "A Salute to Our Troops," consists of band members Kapena De Lima, left, his sister, Kalena, father Kelly De Lima and Kainoa Delo.
Isle music awards show March 23
Singers and musicians representing 29 genres of music will be honored next month when Johnny Kai and his Music Foundation of Hawaii present the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Winners Banquet March 23.
Unlike the Grammy Awards or their Hawaii counterparts, the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, winners of the Hawaii Music Awards are announced well ahead of time.
HAWAII MUSIC AWARDS
Tenth annual event, presented by Johnny Kai and the Hawaii Music Foundation:
When: 7 p.m. March 23
Place: Tropics Showroom, Hilton Hawaiian Village
Cost: $75, includes dinner and awards show
Voting is open to the public via e-mail. Kai reports receiving 48,663 votes in 30 categories, with votes received from 59 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Latvia, Nigeria and Saipan. Voting on the field of 146 entries began Jan. 15 and ended Feb. 12.
Nominees need not be Hawaii residents, and their nominated work doesn't have to be recorded in Hawaii, released by a local label or even distributed here to be eligible.
Categories come and go. Seven of last year's 32 categories -- blues, children's music, film score, new age and rap among them -- are missing this year; four new ones -- comedy, dancehall reggae, exotica and ska -- have been added.
In past years Kai and the foundation have selected winners of additional "people's choice" and "legacy" awards, normally announced sometime before the awards show.
Keali'i Reichel received an award for best seasonal.
HAWAII MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:
Manoa DNA, "Follow Me"
Anthology: Kapena, "Kapena Collection Vol. 3"
Classical: John Carollo, "Ampersand"
Comedy: Lanai & Augie, "Back on the Throne"
Compilation: Aloha Joe, "Aloha from Paradise"
Contemporary Hawaiian: Pali, "Tribute"
Country: Ernie Cruz Sr., "Classic 'Only Better'"
Dancehall reggae: Zulu, "Riddum Killah"
DVD: Makaha Sons, "Live At the Hawaii Theatre"
Exotica: Waitiki, "Charred Mammal Flesh"
Folk: Peter Apo & the Rainbow Nation Band, "My Back Pages, the Folk Years"
Hip hop: Afatia, "5:54"
Inspirational/gospel: Misaki, "Misaki"
International Hawaiian: Luka Kauhola & Kainoa Kaoru, "Kainoa Blues Band"
Island contemporary: Kawao, "The Secrets Out!"
Jazz: Ginai, "Jazz Island"
Polynesian: Island Breeze, "Gathering of the Kings"
Pop: Keahiwai, "Changing"
Reggae: Ooklah the Moc. "Koko Meets Ooklah the Moc"
Rhythm & blues: Lei, "Lyrics from the Heart"
Rock: Mark Coleman, "Tunes with Love"
Seasonal: Keali'i Reichel, "Maluhia"
Single: Steve Zuwala, "Toes In the Sand"
Ska: Upstanding Youth, "Still"
Slack key: Ledward Kaapana, "Grandmaster Slack Key Guitar"
Steel guitar: Various artists, "Legends of Hawaiian Steel Guitar: Past Present and Future"
Traditional Hawaiian: Manny K. Fernandez, "Hawaiian Memories"
Ukulele: Brittni Paiva, "Brittni"
World music: Emile Simon & Pierre Grill & L'Escargot, "True Love"
New Artist: Steven Espaniola