Hawaii Music Awards

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - January 30, 2009
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For the past 11 years, the Hawaii Music Awards, which aim to recognize Hawaii’s best musicians, has honored mainstay local talent and has introduced new names to the industry as well.

Recognized as the people’s choice awards for Hawaii’s music, HMA continues its efforts to perpetuate local music. This year’s nominees once again illustrate the talents of Hawaii artists offered in just about every genre.

“This year we have the usual popular people like Daniel Ho, Keali’i Reichel and Danny Couch,” says Johnny Kai, executive director of the Hawaii Music Awards. “But the wonderful thing, because of our system, is we get to see the new people like spoken-word artist Katana, and that’s one of the great things about the Hawaii Music Awards.”

The voting period has begun, and the public has until Feb. 7 to support their favorite musicians. Voting is easy - log on to www.hawaiimusicawards.com and click on Vote Now. And the rules are simple: only one vote per e-mail address.


“Before we allowed everyone to vote every day,“explains Kai. “We used that method to maximize the exposure to the artists, but some of the nominees felt it was harder because they had to vote every day. So now there’s more control.”

The winners will receive their awards at the winners banquet April 4 at Mamiya Theatre. Tickets cost $30 and $45. and include a buffet dinner.

“At the Mamiya Theatre we are able to drop the cost for tickets and the cost of food because we are bringing in a caterer,” says Kai. “We’re trying to address the economy and make it more affordable for the musicians to bring their families.”

Here is the list of nominees

Adult Contemporary
Makana-Different Game
Greg & Junko MacDonald-Sweet Dreaming Vol. II
Daniel Ho-Skies of Blue
Candes Meijide Gentry-Come What May
Kohala-Kohala Live
Kristofer David Gray-Light You Up


Kapena-Keys of Love
Keali`i Reichel-Kamalei
Agnes Kimura-Ho’i Mai ‘O Agnes

Keith Scott-Piano Azul

Keith Scott-My Favorite Classics

Contemporary Hawaiian
Wapaduzi-Tropical Swingin’ Revie
Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho-‘Ikena
Keith Scott-Hawaiian Piano
Ricky Hana-My Hawaii
Danny Couch-I’ll Remember You
Kalae Miles-Ho’opono
S & S-Na Po Makole-The Night Rainbows


Mihana -One Little Dream
Marco Catracchia-Diary of a Recluse

June Simon-Bridge of Time

Waitiki (various artists)-Paradise Lost & Found
Daniel Ho-Sunny Spaces
Doug Fitch-Paradise on the Ocean
DYB/Dave Young Band-Out of the Blue

Hip Hop
Lo-Boy-The Re-Mix
Justice Moon-Moonshine
Tassho Pearce-The Opening Act

Anita Hall-Send Love

International Hawaiian
Kaulana-Nani Ailana

Mamina Koga, Ryuji Maki-E Ala A’e


Island Contemporary
Ryan Hiraoka-Hawaii and Beyond
Ten Feet-Everyday
Kawao-The Bond That Binds
Rebel Souljahz-Nothing To Hide
Na Koho-Set Me Free
Hawaiian Time-Life Goes On

Jason Ho-Tropic Dreams
Jeff Gaeth-Paradise Park
Joey Caldarone-I Am What I Am
Stephen Jones/Bryan Kessler-Hawaiian Jazz
Bop Tribal-Bop Tribal
Keith Scot-Latin Jazz Piano
Dan Freedman-Art Attack
Alec Briguglio-The Different Flavors of Alec B

New Age
Keith Scott-Songs For Costa Rica
Shawn Livingston Moseley-The Storm Before The Calm

Tahiti Rey-Acoustic Beauty

I.A. The Kama’aina Classic-Another Day In The H.I.
SlappSymphony-Landz Of Da Lost

Kontiki-Free Again
Buckz Boyz-Simmer Down
Pohaku-We’re Comin
Dani Girl Waring-It’s About Time
Three Houses Down-Dreadtown

Rhythm & Blues
Mana Poly All-Stars-Riddim + Blues

Busekrus-On The Rocks
New Hippie Mafia-Dive On In

Na Kama-E Ola Ke Ali’i: The Na Kama Christmas Collection
Maui Jam-Aloha Kalikimaka
June Simon-A Northern Christmas with June
Kohala-Kohala Christmas
Jim Kimo West-Kimo’sHawaiian Slack Key Christmas

Aloha Joe & Brenda-Happy Aloha Friday TGIAF
Lovechile-Blood Red Moon
Camile Velasco-Guava Jelly
Ginai and Pierre-Unexpected Changes
Allison Chu-Ave Maria
Cordell Keith Haugen-Trucker’s Lament

Ska Music
Upstanding Youth-A Sense of Urgency
Pimpbot-Admit One

Slack Key
John Keawe-Hawaii Island IS MY Home
Doug & Sandy McMaster-Hanalei Tradition
Various Artists: George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kama-The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Agnes Kimura-Agnes Kimura’s Slack-Key World
Various Artist-Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol.2
Friends of Aloha-Hawaiian Style Lullabies

Spoken Word

Steel Guitar
Kay Das-Shadows on Steel
Duke Kaleolani Ching-Hawaiian Steel Volume 5
Henry Kaleialoha Allen-Mauna Kea

Traditional Hawaiian
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett-Honehone i ka Poli
Blaine Kamalani Kia & Kekaniwai-MOEA
Holunape-Ahea? Ano!

John Valentine-Uke ‘n’ Surf
Herb Ohta, Jr. & Daniel Ho-2 to Three Feet
Kalei Gamiao-Kalei Gamiao Ohta-San-Spotlight

World Music
Ruia-12:24-Tekau Ma Rua: Rua
Tekau Ma Wha

Jamallad-Global Citizen


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