Carrere, Ho extend win streak


POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Grammy Award-winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho are now 2009 Hawaii Music Award winners as well.

Hawaii Music Awards founder Johnny Kai announced winners in 29 categories shortly after the end of the Grammy telecast on Sunday. The duo's album, “;'Ikena,”; won Contemporary Album of the Year. Ho also won an award for a solo project, “;Sunny Spaces,”; which took top honors in the folk music category.

As in previous years, nominees do not have to be residents of Hawaii, and their nominated work need not have been recorded in Hawaii, released by a Hawaii-based record label or distributed in Hawaii to be eligible.

However, voting participation this year was limited to once per e-mail address rather than once per address per day. Kai reports more than 1.6 million “;hits”; in worldwide voting between Jan. 15 and the close of voting Saturday.

Winners in eight categories will receive Recognition Awards in lieu of regular awards because they were the only nominees in their categories.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at April 4 at Mamiya Theatre. Tickets are $30 to $45. Call 951-6699.



2009 Hawaii Music Award Winners

(more than one nominee in the category)

» Adult Contemporary: Makana, “;Different Game”;
» Anthology: Keali'i Reichel, “;Kamalei”;
» Contemporary Hawaiian: Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho, “;'Ikena”;
» Country: Mihana, “;One Little Dream”;
» Folk: Daniel Ho, “;Sunny Spaces”;
» Hip-Hop: Tassho Pearce, “;The Opening Act”;
» International Hawaiian: Kaulana, “;Nani Ailana”;
» Island Contemporary: Kawao, “;The Bond That Binds”;
» Jazz: Bop Tribal, “;Bop Tribal”;
» New Age: Shawn Livingston Moseley, “;The Storm Before the Calm”;
» Rap: SlappSymphony, “;Landz of da Lost”;
» Reggae: Mana Poly All-Stars, “;Mana Poly All-Stars”;
» Rock: Busekrus, “;On the Rocks”;
» Seasonal: James Kimo West, “;Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas”;
» Single: Camile Velasco, “;Guava Jelly”;
» Ska Music: Upstanding Youth, “;A Sense of Urgency”;
» Slack Key: Doug & Sandy McMaster, “;Hanalei Tradition”;
» Steel Guitar: Duke Kaleolani Ching, “;Hawaiian Steel Volume 5”;
» Traditional Hawaiian: Holunape ,”;Ahea? Ano!”;
» Ukulele: Ohta-san, “;Spotlight”;
» World Music: Jamallad, “;Global Citizen”;

(only one nominee in the category)

» Blues: Keith Scott, “;Piano Azul”;
» Classical: Keith Scott, “;My Favorite Classics”;
» DVD: June Simon, “;Bridge of Time”;
» Exotica: Waitiki (various artists), “;Paradise Lost & Found”;
» Inspirational/Gospel: Anita Hall, “;Send Love”;
» Pop: Tahiti Rey, “;Acoustic Beauty”;
» Rhythm & Blues: Maoli, “;Groovin'”;
» Spoken Word: Katana, “;Kaotica”;