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Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, April 11, 2000

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
At the 1996 Na Hoku Hanohano awards banquet,
Kealii Reichel raked them in.

Familiar names with
multiple disks dominate
Hoku nominee list



Veteran recording (and multiple award-winning) artists Keali'i Reichel, Na Leo Pilimehana, Ho'okena, Fiji and the Makaha Sons grabbed most of the 23rd annual Na Hoku Hanohano nominations in an unusual year that found several recording acts issuing more than one release and therefore finding their CDs competing against each other.

The Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts has announced the nominations for Hawaii's recording industry honors today. The awards will be presented at the Sheraton Waikiki May 21, broadcast live beginning 8 p.m. on KFVE-TV.

Tickets for the formal gala dinner and ceremony are $90 per person and will be available beginning May 1. Call 235-9424 for reservations.

Reichel's "Melelana" CD received the most nominations, with nine.

HARA members will vote in 22 categories, a panel of Hawaiian language and music specialists will select the Haku Mele and Hawaiian Language Performance awards and public voting in May at Borders Books and Music stores around the state will determine the Favorite Entertainer of the Year (among the acts in the year's current releases).

The complete list of nominations:

Bullet Female Vocalist
Darlene Ahuna, "That's the Hawaiian in Me" (Hula)
Amy Hanai'ali'i, Nostalgia (Mountain Apple)
Elodia Kane, "Tribute to Lena Machado" (Respect)
Kawehi Lindsey, "Inside Your Heart" (On the Way Up)
Loke, "Dance to My Music" (JLK)

Bullet Male Vocalist
Fiji, "Grattitude" (Ricochet)
Dennis Kamakahi, "'Ohana" (Dancing Cat)
Weldon Kekauoha, "Hawaiian Man" (A Guava Ding Thing)
Keali'i Reichel, "Melelana" (Punahele)
Willie K, "Willie Kalikimaka" (Mountain Apple)

Bullet Group of the Year
Akoni & Da Palapalai Patch, "Kaona" (Leo Nui)
Ho'okena, "Ho'okena 5" (Ho'omau)
Ho'opi'i Brothers, "Aloha From Maui" (Mountain Apple)
Makaha Sons, "Golden Hawaiian Melodies" (Poki)
Na Leo, "I Miss You, My Hawai'i" (Na Leo Pilimehana)

Bullet Most promising Artist(s)
Weldon Kekauoha, "Hawaiian Man" (A Guava Ding Thing)
Sam Keli'iho'omalu, "Ola Ka 'Oiwi: The Natives Endure" (Hula)
Darrell Labrado, "Shaka the Moon" (Monkeypod)
Pound 4 Pound, "Pound 4 Pound" (Big D)
Tree Plus, "Honey Baby" (Poi Pounder)

Bullet Anthology
"The Best of Hawaiian Style Band," Hawaiian Style Band (Top Flight), Wade Cambern and Bryan Kessler, producers
"History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar," various artists (Hana Ola), Harry B. Soria Jr., producer
"Na Leo," Na Leo (Na Leo Pilimehana), Na Leo Pilimehana and Kenneth Makuakane, producers
"Na Mele Henoheno -- Na Makahiki Mua, Helu 'Ekahi," Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau (Poki), Lea A. Uehara, producer
"Na Mele Henoheno -- Na Makahiki Mua, Helu 'Elua," Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau (Poki), Lea A. Uehara, producer

Bullet Compilation Album
"Brownbags to Stardom -- Stars of the Millennium '99," various artists (Cinnamon Red) Darryl Hill, producer
"Cronies Bar & Grill," Kuhio Blend, Harold Kama Jr. & Kahikina (Oki Leo) Kuhio Blend, Harold Kama Jr. and Kahikina, producers
"Moloka'i Now!," various artists (Monkeypod), Bradley E. Thayne and Robert Pilegg, producers
"Na Kumu Hula: Songs From the Source -- Vol. II," various artists (State Council on Hawaiian Heritage) R-M. Keahi Allen, producer
"Pride of the Islands II," various artists (KCCN) David Daniel's, Mike Kelly, Rhoda Kihikihi, and Kenneth Makuakane, producers

Bullet Hawaiian Album
"Aloha from Maui," Ho'opi'i Brothers (Mountain Apple)
"Ho'okena 5," Ho'okena (Ho'o- mau)
"Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
"Nostalgia," Amy Hanai'ali'i & Willie K (Mountain Apple)
"That's the Hawaiian in Me," Darlene Ahuna (Hula)

Bullet Island Contemporary Album
"Golden Hawaiian Melodies," Makaha Sons (Poki)
"Hawaiian Man," Weldon Kekauoha (A Guava Ding Thing)
"I Miss You, My Hawai'i," Na Leo (Na Leo Pilimehana)
"Kapena Is Da Crew," Kapena (KDE)
"Namahana," Hapa (Coconut Grove)

Bullet Contemporary Album
"Down in the Valley," Ekolu (Dinosaur Mountain)
"Grattitude," Fiji (Ricochet)
"Honey Baby," Three Plus (Poi Pounder)
"Pure Heart 2," Pure Heart (Four Strings)
"Together," Na Wai Ho'olu'u O Ke Anuenue (Way Out West Enterprises)

Bullet Instrumental Album
"Duo -- I'll Keep Remembering," Ohta-san (M & H Hawai'i)
"Four Hands Hot & Sweet," Cyril Pahinui & Bob Brozman (Dancing Cat)
"Harmony," Daniel Ho (Aire Music)
"Paradise," Daniel Ho (Aire Music)
"Pure and Simple," Herb Ohta Jr. (Koa)

Bullet Comedy Album
"Best of the Hanohano Room," Perry & Price (Mountain Apple)
"Live at the Captain's Table," Frank De Lima (Pocholinga)
"Saving Ryan's Privates," Hawaiian Ryan (Afterthought Entertainment)

Bullet Christmas Album
"A Christmas Promise," Jeff Rasmussen & Kenneth Makuakane (Puna)
"Local Divas' Christmas," Local Divas (LD)
"Merry Christmas From Kapena," Kapena (KDE)
"Pure Heart 2.5," Pure Heart (Four Strings)

Bullet Religious Album
"Hymns of Hawaii," George Kahumoku Jr. & Daniel Ho (Aire Music)
"Lord You Are My God," Jarren Lea (Suite)
"The Solid Rock," Kapena (KDE)
"Through Your Eyes," Lurline Fernandez (Roseanna)
"Treasures From Home," Crystal Mateo (C&B Music)

Bullet Rock Album
"American Soul," Dave Brier (Big Pineapple)
"Monday Night Live!", Potato Cannon (Pacific Monograph Music)
"Starfish,"Jah Ska (DCL Music)
"Strength of Many," Theocracy A.D. (Theocracy A.D.)

Bullet Reggae Album
"In a Positive Vibrations," Typical Hawaiians (Dinosaur Mountain)
"Reggae Suite," Marty Dread (Five Corners)
"See Again," Native Roots (Tropical Jam)
"Soul Free," Soul Free (Onipa'a)
"Strictly Reggae," Butch Helemano & Players of Instruments (Hula Records International)

Bullet Jazz Album
"Aloha From Kona," Berne Hal-Mann (Aloha From Kona Hawaii)
"Blue Groove," Bob Bangerter (Don't Stop Music)
"Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers," Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers (Black & Tan)
"Jungle Jazz," Brian "Papa B" Wittman (Global Entertainment)
"'Til Further Notice," Rich Crandall Trio (Music Formats)

Bullet Single of the Year
"Enjoy The Ride," Rushpack (Sudden Rush)
"I Ku Mau Mau: An Anthem Of Unity," Kulia I Ka Pono (Mark A. Goto))
"It's Christmas Time," Pomai & Loeka (Morning Star Recordings)
"Paddle Into The Rising Sun," 'Elua Kane (Hula)
"These Islands," Danny Couch (Danny Couch)

Bullet Song of the Year
"Come, A'ama Crab," Lloyd J. Longakit from "Dancing All Night," Pomai & Loeka (Morning Star)
"I Miss You, My Hawai'i," by Kenneth Makuakane from "I Miss You, My Hawai'i," Na Leo (Na Leo Pilimehana)
"Ipo Lei Momi," by Keali'i Reichel from "Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
"Melelana," by Puakea Nogelmeier from "Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
"You Don't Remember," by Lehua Kalima from "I Miss You, My Hawai'i," Na Leo (Na Leo Pilimehana)

Bullet Album of the Year
"Grattitude," Fiji (Ricochet), Fiji and Brett Fovargue, producers
"Ho'okena 5," Ho'okena (Ho 'omau), Ho'omau, Inc., producers
"Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers," Hula Joe & The Hutjumpers (Black & Tan), Zanuck Kapala Lindsey, Ginai Johnston, Marvic Esquibil, and Ray Flores, producers
"I Miss You, My Hawai'i," Na Leo (Na Leo Pilimehana), Na Leo Pilimehana and Kenneth Makuakane, producers
"Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele), Keali'i Reichel, Fred Krauss, and Jim Linkner, producers

Bullet Graphics
'Aha Punana leo for "'Ina 'I," 'Aha Punana Leo ('Aha Punana Leo)
Joanie Chan for "'Ohana," Dennis Kamakahi (Dancing Cat)
Craig Okino for "Shaka The Moon," Darrell Labrado (Monkeypod)
Preston Terada for "Pure Heart 2," Pure Heart (Four Strings)
John Tsukano for "Grattitude," Fiji (Ricochet)

Bullet Engineering
Milan Bertosa for "Nostalgia," Amy Hanai'ali'i & Willie K (Mountain Apple)
Tom Hall, Milan Bertosa and Dave Knight for "Playin' The Right Thing," Bob Bangerter (Don't Stop Music)
Rick Keefer, Dave Knight and Charley Lukea for "Heart Jams," Bryan Kessler (Wire & Wood)
Jim Linkner for "Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
Kenneth Makuakane for "Namahana," Hapa (Coconut Grove)

Bullet Liner Notes
'Aha Punana Leo for 'Ina'I, ('Aha Punana Leo)
Alan L. Akaka and Harry B. Soria Jr. for "History Of Hawaiian Steel Guitar," Various Artists (Hana Ola)
Manu Boyd for "Ho'okena 5," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
Jay W. Junker for "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters Collection Volume 2," various artists (Dancing Cat)
Keali'i Reichel and Puakea Nogelmeier for "Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)

Bullet Haku Mele
"Aloha Honaunau" by Kihei de Silva and Manu Boyd from "Ho'okena 5," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
"No Ka Moku Kiakahi Ke Aloha" by Keali'i Reichel from "Melelana, "Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)
"Nou E Keali'i" by Auli'i Heine Punua and Manu Boyd from "Ho'okena," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
"'Opi'opi'o," by Ida Pakulani Long from "Three Generation -- 'Ekolu Hanauna Nei," 'Ikaika Brown & Three Generations (Pepeiao)
"Pua A'ali'i," by Lee Ann Anuenue Punua from "Ho'okena 5," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)

Bullet Hawaiian Language Performance
"'Aha Punana Leo for 'Ina'i, ('Aha Punana Leo)
Darlene Ahuna for "That's The Hawaiian In Me," (Hula)
Akoni & the Palapalai Patch for "Kaona" (Leo Nui)
Ho'okena for "Ho'okena 5" (Ho'omau)
Keali'i Reichel for "Melelana," Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)

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