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Thursday, April 9, 1998


Na Hoku Hanohano


Na Hoku adds jazz,
rock categories

By John Berger
Special to Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Two new categories -- Jazz and Rock -- are the big news this year as the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts prepares for the 21st Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremonies in May. Recordings by local jazz and rock artists have been ignored by the HARA membership in years past even in the Contemporary and Instrumental categories. The addition of separate categories finally gives Hawaii's many jazz and rock artists their due.

Elsewhere on the ballot it's music business as usual. Perennial HARA favorites Na Leo Pilimehana and Keali'i Reichel top the list. Na Leo has six for "Colours," including a Song of the Year nomination for "Rest Of Your Life,." Reichel has five for "E O Mai," including a Song of the Year nomination for the title track.

Other artists with multiple nominations include Fiji (5), Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom (4), Robi Kahakalau (3), Sean Na'auao (4), and first-timer O'Brian Eselu (4).

The unusually large field of seven finalists for Group of the Year reflects the current diversity within Hawaiian music. The extremes are represented by 'Elua Kane (traditional hapa-haole) to Sudden Rush (Hawaiian rap). The Brothers Cazimero, Hapa, Makaha Sons, Na Leo Pilimehana and the Valley Boys represent intermediate points on the spectrum.

The Makaha Sons may have a first in Hoku history by having two albums of new recordings on the ballot: "Christmas Day In Hawai'i Nei" and "Makaha Sons Live On The Road."

Winners of the HARA Lifetime Achievement Award and two adjudicated Hawaiian language awards will be announced during the awards program May 17-18 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Tickets are $95 per person. Call 235-9424.

The final ballot includes:

Female Vocalist

bullet Teresa Bright, Quiet Nights
bullet Rocky Brown, In Character
bullet Amy Gilliom, Hawaiian Tradition
bullet Robi Kahakalau, Keiki O Ka 'Aina
bullet Ku'uipo Kumukahi, Na Leo Kama'Aina O Ku'u Ho'oheno

Male Vocalist

bullet Danny Couch, Almost Paradise
bullet O'Brian Eselu, Ke Kumu
bullet Fiji, Born and Raised
bullet Sean Na'auao, Fish & Poi
bullet Keali'i Reichel, E O Mai

Group

bullet Brothers Cazimero, 20 Years of Hoku Award Winning Songs
bullet 'Elua Kane, Ukulele Boy
bullet Hapa, In the Name of Love
bullet Makaha Sons, Christmas Day in Hawai'i Nei
bullet Na Leo Pilimehana, Colours
bullet Sudden Rush, Ku'e
bullet Valley Boys, Valley Boys

Most Promising Artist(s)

bullet Baba B, Big Boy in Love
bullet Chant, from single "Something to Give"/"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
bullet Keao Costa, Whee-Ha!
bullet O'Brian Eselu, Ke Kumu
bullet Valley Boys, Valley Boys

Anthology

bullet Hawaiian Legends Series Vol. 3--Hawaiian Song Bird--Lena Machado, Lena Machado, Harry B. Soria Jr., Producer
bullet Island of Dreams, various artists, John Kahale Chang, Producer
bullet The Kapena Collection--Vol. II, Kapena, Kelly DeLima, Phil Galaura, Pierre Grill, Ken Thompson, Dave Tucciarone and leolani DeLima, Producers
bullet Na Mele Henoheno, Ho'opi'i Brothers, Keith Haugen, Producer
bullet Shower of Hits II, Willie K, Willie K and Pierre Grill, Producers

Hawaiian Album

bullet E O Mai, Keali'i Reichel
bullet From Deep Within ... Mai Ka Na'au Kuhohonu, John Kaimikaua
bullet Hawaiian Tradition, Amy Gilliom
bullet Ho'opomaika'i, Gary Halemau
bullet Na Leo Kama'aina O Ku'u 'Aina Ho'oheno, Ku'uipo Kumukahi )

Island Contemporary Album

bullet Fish & Poi, Sean Na'auao
bullet Ke Kumu, O'Brian Eselu
bullet Keiki O Ka 'Aina, Robi Kahakalau
bullet Makaha Sons Live on the Road, Makaha Sons
bullet 20 Years of Hoku Award Winning Songs, Brothers Cazimero

Contemporary Album

bullet Almost Paradise, Danny Couch
bullet Born and Raised, Fiji
bullet Colours, Na Leo Pilimehana
bullet E Ho'i Mai, Jon, Randy and Steve
bullet Walking in the Light, Ben Vegas

Instrumental

bullet Hawaiian Sunset Music-Vol. I, Raymond Kane Band
bullet Ka Hanauna Hou, Herb Ohta Jr.
bullet Kikakila Meets Ki'ho'alu, Bob Brozman & Ledward Ka'apana
bullet Mauna Kea: White Mountain Journal, Keola Beamer
bullet Surf Madness, Hapa

Comedy Album

bullet Adventures of Leimomi, Frank B. Shaner
bullet Da Krank, Da Krank
bullet Ethnicology 101, Frank De Lima
bullet Hawaii's Comedy Stars, various artists
bullet Hawaii's Most Wanted, Bu La'ia )
bullet Living in Parodies, The Muu Muus & the Pupus

Religious Album

bullet Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi, Kekapa Lee
bullet Circle of Friends, Ken Makuakane
bullet Faith, Hope & Love, Teddy and Nanci Tanaka
bullet Lei of Dreams, various artists
bullet Revelations, Malani Bilyeu

Rock Album

bullet Breaking the Chains, Marco Rosas & the Rose of Sharon Band

bullet Breaking the Curse, Tweaked
bullet Hawai'i Hempfest '96, various artists
bullet 1%, Tone Deaf Teens
bullet This Ain't No F*#@!N Luau, various artists

Jazz Album

bullet The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki, Don Tiki
bullet Gabe, Gabe Baltazar Quartet
bullet Live! at the Blue Dolphin, The Olliephonics Horns
bullet Live at the Contemporary Cafe, Shoji Ledward
bullet Miss You, Mr. Mercer, Shari Lynn

Single

bullet "Don't Blame the Youth," Sudden Rush
bullet "Juliet," Sunland
bullet "Something to Give"/"Will You Still Love me Tomorrow," Chant
bullet "Ten Feet Away," Kolea
bullet "Ukulele Boy," 'Elua Kane

Song

bullet "E O Mai" by Keali'i Reichel from E O Mai, Keali'i Reichel
bullet "Fish & Poi" by Sean Na'auao and Charmaine Ocasek from Fish & Poi, Sean Na'auao
bullet "Hale Alii O Waimaka" by Amy Gilliom and Willie K from Hawaiian Tradition, Amy Gilliom
bullet "Hanaiali'i Nui La Ea" by Amy Gilliom and Willie K from Hawaiian Tradition, Amy Gilliom
bullet "Rest of Your Life" by Lehua Kalima from Colours, Na Leo Pilimehana

Album

bullet Born and Raised, Fiji
bullet Colours, Na Leo Pilimehana
bullet E O Mai, Keali'i Reichel
bullet Fish & Poi, Sean Na'auao
bullet Hawaiian Tradition, Amy Gilliom



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