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Thursday, April 26, 2001

Sean Na'auao will be up for five Hoku Awards May 29.

Na Hoku Awards
to be given May 29

Ale'a has the most nominations
among isle musicians, with
6 chances at winning

The nominees

Star-Bulletin staff

Perennially popular Na Leo Pilimehana could add another five Hoku Awards to its collection next month when the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts presents the 24th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 29 in the Sheraton-Waikiki Hawai'i Ballroom.

The trio -- Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales -- have been consistent favorites with the HARA membership since hitting big with the controversial debut single "Local Boys" in 1984, and winning a Hoku for it the following year.

Na Leo is a three-time Group of the Year winner for the albums "Flying with Angels," "Colours" and "I Miss You, My Hawaii." The trio's current album, "Pocketful of Paradise," is a finalist for Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Island Contemporary Album, Song of the Year ("Saving Forever" by Lehua Kalima Heine) and Engineering.

Two of Hawaii's three most impressive new neo-traditionalist Hawaiian groups are also among the front-runners. Ale'a is nominated in six categories including Album, Group, Island Contemporary Album, Most Promising Artist, Liner Notes and Graphics. Maunalua's self-titled debut album also up for Album, Group, and Most Promising Artists awards; it is also a finalist in the Hawaiian Album category. Pai'ea, the third new neo-traditionalist Hawaiian group of note, is also a finalist in the Hawaiian Album category along with Uluwehi Guerrero and previous Hoku-winners Kawai Cockett and Ku'uipo Kumukahi. Another Hawaiian traditionalist also made the ballot this year in teenage falsetto singer Anelaikalani, a finalist for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Geffen Records artist Hoku Ho is this year's standard bearer for contemporary mainstream music. Her self-titled debut album has made her a finalist for Female Vocalist, Contemporary Album, Most Promising Artist and Single of the Year (for "Another Dumb Blonde").

Other artists with multiple nominations include Robi Kahakalau and Sean Na'auao with five each, Henry Kapono with four (including one for his "Home in the Islands" single with Melveen Leed and Keali'i Reichel), and Colon and Uluwehi Guerrero with three each.

Fans of the reggae beat can take heart from the fact that at least one or two Jawaiian and reggae acts did make it as finalists outside the Reggae category.

Ten Feet is a finalist for Group of the Year and Most Promising Artist. O-Shen's "Iron Youth" album made him a finalist for Most Promising as well.

HARA members will vote in 21 categories with results tabulated by an independent accounting firm.

A panel of Hawaiian music and language experts will select the winners in the Hawaiian Language Performance and Haku Mele (Hawaiian-language song writing) categories.

Public voting at Borders Books & Music stores statewide determines the winner of the Favorite Entertainer of the Year award.

Starry, starry night

What: The 24th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
When: 6 p.m. May 29 (TV coverage from 7:30 on K5)
Where: Sheraton Waikiki Hawai'i Ballroom
Tickets: $95, includes dinner
Call: 235-9424

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The Na Hoku
nominees are...

Here are the nominees for the 2001 Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts Na Hoku Hanohano Awards:

Male Vocalist of the Year

Kawai Cockett, "Hula! Hula! Hula!" (Hula)
O'Brian Eselu, "Maka" (Hiki No)
Uluwehi Guerrero, "In My Heart" (Mountain Apple)
Henry Kapono, "Evolution of Poi" (Eclectic)
Sean Na'auao, "Neutralize It" (Poi Pounder)

Group of the Year

Ale'a, "Take Me Home" (Poki)
Colon, "The Groove Machine" (Four Strings)
Kapena, "Electrifying" (KDE)
Maunalua, "Maunalua" (Koa)
Na Leo Pilimehana, "A Pocketful of Paradise," (Na Leo Pilimehana)
Ten Feet, "Island Feeling" (Mass Appeal Enterprises)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Anelaikalani, "Anelaikalani" (Paradise)
Teresa Bright, "A Christmas Season's Delight" (Row's World)
Hoku, "Hoku" (Geffen)
Robi Kahakalau, "All I Want" (Kanai'a)
Ku'uipo Kumukahi, "E Ku'ulei E Ku'uipo" (Ululani)

Most Promising Artist

Ale'a, "Take Me Home" (Poki)
Hoku, for the single "Another Dumb Blonde" (Geffen)
Maunalua, "Maunalua" (Koa)
O-Shen, "Iron Youth" (Cinnamon Red)
Ten Feet, "Island Feeling" (Mass Appeal)

Contemporary Album

"Evolution of Poi," Henry Kapono (Eclectic)
"The Groove Machine," Colon (Four Strings)
"Hoku," Hoku (Geffen)
"Island Feeling," Ten Feet (Mass Appeal)
"Y2J," Jon & Justin (Island Groove)

Hawaiian Album

"E Ku'ulei E Ku'uipo," Ku'uipo Kumukahi (Ululani)
"He Ho'ohanohano," Pai'ea (Kinonui)
"Hula! Hula! Hula!," Kawai Cockett (Hula)
"In My Heart," Uluwehi Guerrero (Mountain Apple)
"Maunalua," Maunalua (Koa)

Island Contemporary Album

"All I Want," Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a)
"Electrifying," Kapena (KDE)
"Neutralize It" Sean Na'auao (Poi Pounder)
"A Pocketful of Paradise," Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana)
"Take Me Home" Ale'a (Poki)

Christmas Album

"A Christmas Season's Delight," Teresa Bright (Row's World)
"Home for the Holidays," Ho'okena (Ho'omau)
"Road to Bethlehem," Raji Abuzalaf (Humble Heart Music)

Reggae Album of the Year

"Getting High," Natural Vibrations (Cinnamon Red)
"Hear we Come," B.E.T. (Galmiche)
"Iron Youth," O-Shen (Cinnamon Red)
"Leave me Some Land," Shilo Pa (Poi Boy)
"One Step at a Time," Butch Helemano (Vaughn)

Rock Album

"Big iIsland Rock," Joe Battery Band (Joe Battery)
"The Charm," Sunburn (MRC)
"Liquid," liquid (liquid)
"Saints," Beano Shots (Black Hermit Beans)

Religious Album

"From the Valley of the Throne," Ata (Ululoa)
"N Himeni Ho'omaikai'i I Ke Akua," 'Ane Kanahele & Ohana ('Aha Punana Leo)
"A Tribute to my King," Native Roots (Tropical Jam)
"We Celebrate," Chucky Boy Chock (Dream Tech)
"Who is to Come," Jan Shima (7th Sign Music)

Jazz Album

"Herb Ohta Meets Pete Jolly," Herb Ohta & Pete Jolly (M & H Hawai'i)
"Live! Vol. II," Olliephonics Horns (Duck Pond)
"Sax for Christmas ," Michael Paulo (Noteworthy)
" Sax Hawaiian Style," Gordon Samuelson (Samuelsongs)
"Third Degree," Third Degree (Kings Street)
"To the Good Life!," George Tavoularis (Crystal Castle)

Instrumental Album

"Beyond Blue," Daniel Ho (Daniel Ho Creations)
"Black Sand," Ledward Ka'apana (Dancing Cat)
"Flying," Kohala (Palm)
"Maui Morning," Riley Lee & Jeff Peterson (Hula Records International)
"Taste the Music," Daniel Ho (Daniel Ho Creations)

Anthology of the Year

"The Best of Kaleo O Kalani Vol. 2," Kaleo O Kalani (Ku'umele) Ku'umele Productions, producer
"The Best of the Brothers Cazimero , Vol. III," Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple), Jon de Mello, producer
"Billy Gonsalves & the Paradise Serenaders," Billy Gonsalves & The Paradise Serenaders (Hana Ola), Harry B. Soria, Jr., producer
"Collection," Hapa (Mountain Apple) Hapa and Jon de Mello, producers
"Legends of Falsetto," Various Artists (Hana Ola) Harry B. Soria, Jr., producer
"The Uncle in Me," Willie K (Mountain Apple) Willie K and Jon de Mello, producers

Compilation Album

"Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners," Various Artists (Hula) William Baba Alimoot, Steve Kramer and Donald P. "Flip" McDiarmid III, producers
"Island Warriors," Various Artists (Hobo House on the Hill) Ronnie Esteban, Lawrence and Roni Yurong producers
"Mele Hula Vol. 2," Various Artists (M & H Hawai'i) Michiko Urata and Kazue Kurebayashi, producers
"Na Keiki O Kamehameha" Various Artists (Mountain Apple) Marsha Bolson, producer
"Pride of the Islands III," Various Artists (KCCN) David Daniels, Mike Kelly and Rhoda Kihikihi producers

Single of the Year

"Another Dumb Blonde," Hoku (Geffen)
"Home in ihe Islands 2000," Henry Kapono, Melveen Leed & Keali'i Reichel (Eclectic)
"Kuahiwi Nani (The Haleakala Hula)," Darlene Ahuna (Hula)
"Mama ... For Giving Me Love," Pomai & Loeka (L&L/Star)
"Raised on Rice," Ellsworth Simeona (Kinonui)

Song of the Year

"All I Want is You," by Dave Tucciarone from "All I Want," Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a)
"Beautiful thing," by Henry Kapono from "Evolution of Poi," Henry Kapono (Eclectic)
"In My Heart," by Uluwehi Guerrero from "In My Heart," Uluwehi Guerrero (Mountain Apple)
"Kapilina," by Frank Kawai Hewett from "Neutralize It," Sean Na'auao (Poi Pounder)
"Saving Forever," by Lehua Kalima from "A Pocketful of Paradise," Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana)

Album of the Year

"All I Want," Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a) Dave Tucciarone and Robi Kahakalau, producers
"Maunalua," Maunalua (Koa) Maunalua and Dave Tucciarone, producers
"Neutralize It," Sean Na'auao (Poi Pounder) Sean Na'auao and Poi Pounder Records, producers
"A Pocketful of Paradise," Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana) Na Leo Pilimehana and Kenneth Makuakane, producers
"Take Me Home," Ale'a (Poki) Kata Maduli, producer


Nelson Makua for Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas, Various Artists (Dancing Cat)
Brian Onaga for "Take Me Home," Ale'a (Poki)
Preston Terada for "The Groove Machine" Colon (Four Strings)
Preston Terada for "Ho'oulu I Ka Na'auao," Sonny Ching (Four Strings)
Preston Terada for "Paddle to the Rising Sun," 'Elua Kane (Hula)


Milan Bertosa and Howard Wolen for "A Pocketful of Paradise," Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana)
Wendell Ching, Sean Na'auao and Milan Bertosa for "Neutralize It," Sean Na'auao (Poi Pounder)
Lester Gantan for "Native Blend," Native Blend (Flyin' Hawaiian)
Rick Smith for "Furthermore," Chilum (Moon Surfer)
Dave Tucciarone for "All I Want," Robi Kahakalau (Kana'ia)

Liner Notes

Sonny Ching and Nohea Kawahakiu for Ho'oulu I Ka Na'auao, Sonny Ching (Four Strings)
Neil J. Hannahs for "Take Me Home," Ale'a (Poki)
Jay Junker for "Hui Aloha," Hui Aloha (Dancing Cat)
Billy Rose for "Club Nisei," Various Artists (Hana Ola)
Harry B. Soria, JR. for "Billy Gonsalves & The Paradise Serenaders," Billy Gonsalves & The Paradise Serenaders (Hana Ola)

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