Hoku vs. Grammy Awards ...
The 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards season begins this week, when eligible contenders must submit entries by this Saturday to qualify for this year’s awards.
The 2009 Grammy Awards — with local finalists already selected — will be revealed Feb. 8 in a CBS televised ceremony originating from the Staple Center in Los Angeles.
The awards leagues apart, but the local music community will be watching with eager eyes and ears. The outcome of the Na Hoku could trigger continued exposure in next year’s Hawaiian Grammy award, since eligibility period overlaps for some product.
So: if you’re an Island recording artist, producer or techie with releases issued in the 2008 calendar year ending last Dec. 31, now’s the time to toss your hat into the race for the Hoku Awards. This the homegrown entity with a long history.
For an entry form and details, go to the Website of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, www.nahokuhanohano.org.
Prospects must have been released in stores or via digital retail services (such as iTunes and Amazon.com) by last Dec. 31.
The date for the Hoku event has not yet been announced.
Neither has the date been confirmed for the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awards, when the following will be honored:
• Keola and Kapono Beamer, known for their signature hit, “Honolulu City Lights,” and pioneering work in contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music.
• Cecilio and Kapono, another landmark contemporary Island musical duo.
• Eddie Kamae & the Sons of Hawai i, prolific exponents of traditional Hawaiian music.
• George Helm, noted falsetto singer and Hawaiian activist.
• John Pi‘ilani Watkins, kumu hula and prolific Hawaiian composer.
The 2009 Hawaiian Grammy nominees are:
• “Ikena,” by Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho.
• “‘Aumakua,” by Amy Hanaiali‘i.
• “Force of Nature,” by Ledward Ka‘apana and Mike Ka‘awa.
• “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings: Master Series Vol. II,” by various artists.
• “The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key,” by various artists.
So which of the awards are you more emotionally or culturally attached to, the local Na Hoku or the national Grammy — and why?