On The Scene
HARA 2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards
It was deja vu for Robert, left, and Roland Cazimero at the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts' 2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon on March 15 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The brothers, headliners at the Royal from 1982 to 1994, became the seventh group to receive HARA's recognition for career accomplishments -- in their case, first as members of Sunday Manoa in the early 1970s and then as the Brothers Cazimero. Robert thanked Peter Moon, founder of Sunday Manoa, for helping them "step out of the box" of being backing musicians and added that the best thing about being back at the Royal was seeing some of the old-time staff.
Mahi Beamer, one of two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients in 1991, talked with HARA Vice President Ku'uipo Kumukahi. Among other past recipients present were Nina Keali'iwahamana, 1992; George Chun, 2000; Ka'upena Wong, 2004; Palani Vaughan, 2006; Rene Paulo, 2007; and Joe Stevens, Bernie Ching and Pat Sylva of the Surfers, 2007.
Willy Paikuli, left, Jerry Santos, Haunani Apoliona and Wally Suenaga posed for a group shot before being honored as members of Olomana. The award recognized the success of Santos and the late Robert Beaumont in the late 1970s and the continuing success of the quartet formed after Beaumont's death in 1981. The group capped their performance with "E Ku'u Sweet Lei Poina 'Ole."
2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Edna Farden Bekeart, center, was congratulated by Marion "Aunt Buddy" Vasconcellos and HARA President Hailama Farden, her great-nephew, at the end of the program. Bekeart, 90, the youngest daughter of Annie and Charles Kekua Farden, was honored for her contributions to Hawaiian music as a composer, musician, teacher and recording artist.
Hawaii-born jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges, left, another 2008 honoree, relaxed backstage with musicians Matt Catingub, Steve Jones and Noel Okimoto after he entertained the crowd with a swinging set of pop standards spiced with improvisational comedy. Although not often thought of as a Hawaiian recording artist, Borges is a world-class entertainer, and his acceptance speech epitomized professionalism and class.