Star-Bulletin Features


Monday, April 27, 1998



By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Sabrina and Gordon Freitas pick up awards.



The music played
on and on

At the Hawaii Music Awards

By John Berger
Special to the Star-Bulletin

Tapa

THE show ran overtime but Hawaii Music Awards President Johnny Kai Lorance remained upbeat as he presented the 2nd annual Hawaii Music Awards last night at Hawaii Theatre. More than 81 people from Hawaii, Japan and the South Pacific received kudos.

Damon Williams and Justin Young were both named Most Popular New Artist. Williams also won Best Recording by a Pop Vocalist, was one of two winners for Best Recording by an Island Music Vocalist, and was one of seven winners for "Live" Performance Video. Young got Best Reggae Vocalist and Best Rhythm & Blues Vocalist. Michaelle Edwards, Gordon Freitas, Nightwing, Razed in Black, Tone Deaf Teens and Sudden Rush received two awards each.

Co-hosts Loyal Garner and Rodney Villanueva were brilliant as they kept the crowd laughing despite miscues and technical difficulties. For much of the last hour there was no emcee. Awards presenters introduced themselves and acceptance speeches were curtailed after the show went into overtime.

There were some bright moments. Piano prodigy Sean Kennard earned a standing ovation for his performance. Sudden Rush featuring Tenderoni rocked a dwindling crowd with original Hawaiian rap several hours later. Ogata made the hottest comment of the night when he told the audience to note which politicians hadn't already left!


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Justin performs.



Lorance' biggest contribution has been creating awards for people who are involved in music but not as recording artists. Here are the winners:

bullet Oahu Band Director's Award (2): Michael Nakasone and Kathleen Moana Allen

bullet Teacher in Residence: Annette Johansson

bullet Hawaii Music Teacher's Association Award: Ellen Masaki

bullet Hawaii Music Awards Outstanding Performance Award (2): Sean Kennard and the Department of Education/"Music Factory") KHET

bullet Hawaii Songwriter's Association Award: Nancy Gustafsson and Victor "Lanakila" Rittenband

bullet Hawaii Opera Theatre General Director's Award (3): Jim Becker, Nani Mahoe and Rhinehardt Pua'a

bullet Musician's Association of Hawaii Outstanding Musician: David Choy

bullet Musician's Association of Hawaii Lifetime Achievement: John E.K. Akaka

bullet Governor's Fine Arts Award (2): Sony Corporation and Don Ho


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Kainoa Kamaka rips out the Chuck Berry classic
"Johnny B. Goode" on his ukulele.



bullet "Live" Performance Video (7): Jennifer Barber, Chillum, Razed in Black, Rolando Sanchez, Showdown, Transmutator and Damon Williams.

bullet Best Music Video Production (3): Razed in Black, Marco Rosas and Tone Deaf Teens

bullet Mahalo Awards (5): Nora Fuererstein, Loyal Garner, Hawaii Theatre, Kaanapali Resort, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel

bullet Reggae Vocalist: Justin Young

bullet Seasonal Vocalist: Dennis Kai'imi Keohokalole

bullet Paniolo Vocalist: Gordon Freitas

bullet New Age Vocalist Michaelle Edwards

bullet Country Album: Jimmy Mack & Uncle B

bullet Comedy Album: Mike "Johnny Sweetbread" Victorino

bullet Anthology Album: Nightwing

bullet International Hawaiian Artist: The Birds

bullet Best Recording by a Polynesian Artist: Dennis & Helen Ah Yek

bullet Best Recording by a Polynesian Vocalist: Efiriama Tauofia

bullet Best Recording for a Polynesian Song: Tia Orana E Paria

bullet Best Recording by a Gospel Vocalist (2): Trio of Liann Collazo and Reggie Smith and Lady Love Smith, and Kamele Lindsey

bullet Best Recording by a Gospel Artist: Jonny Kamai

bullet Best Recording by a Rhythm & Blues Vocalist: Justin Young

bullet Best Recording by a Blues Vocalist: Marco Rosas

bullet Best Recording by a Latin Vocalist: Sabrina

bullet Best Recording by a Country Vocalist: Gordon Freitas

bullet Best Recording by a World Music Artist: Bhavahari

bullet Best Instrumental Hawaiian Artist: Ohana O Kauai

bullet Best Recording by a Slack Key Artist: John Keawe

bullet Best Compilation Album: John Valentine

bullet Best Recording by an Island Music Vocalist (2): Ben Vegas and Damon Williams

bullet Best Recording Contemporary Hawaiian Vocalist: Peter Moon

bullet Best Recording Traditional Hawaiian Vocalist: Nolan Ha'o

bullet Best Recording by an Island Artist (2): Cory Oliveros and Wayne Takamine

bullet Best Recording Contemporary Hawaiian Artist (2): Angela Jensen and Walter "Waltah Boy" Tavares

bullet Best Recording by a Jazz Vocalist: Michaelle Edwards

bullet Best Recording by a Jazz Artist: Gabe Baltazar

bullet Best Recording by a Rap Vocalist: Sudden Rush

bullet Best Recording by a Rap Artist: Sudden Rush

bullet Best Recording by a Pop Vocalist: Damon Williams

bullet Best Recording by a Pop Artist (2): Bobby Baniaga and Lance Jyo

bullet Best Recording by a Rock Vocalist: Rommell & Maacho

bullet Best Recording by a Rock Artist (2): Surf Psycho Sexy and Tone Deaf Teens

bullet Special Award: Tom Moffatt

bullet Event of the Year: Pepsi Cola - Rolling Stones

bullet Mayor's Performing Arts Award: Emme Tomimbang

bullet Best Liner Notes (2): John Keoni Fujitani and Nightwing

bullet Best Album Artwork: Chad Asuncion

bullet Best Engineer (3): Pierre Grill, Gaylord Holomalia and Bob St. John

bullet Producer of the Year (2): Todd Adamski and Aaron Kimura

bullet Most Popular New Artist (2): Damon Williams and Justin Young

bullet Album of the Year: Danny Couch



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