Cazimeros pace Na Hoku nominations with 6

May 26th, 2009
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Like every other entertainment competition, Hawai'i’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards — see it live June 9 on K5 The Home Team, originating from the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel’s Ballroom — is all about numbers.
Who’s got the most nominations? Who’ll win the most trophies? How many categories this year? How long will the show run?
Here’s the picture, by the numbers:
24 — Number of categories in play this year.
6 — Most nominations logged by The Brothers Cazimero, fueled by their “Destiny” CD.
5 — Second most-nominated act is Pali, for its “...With Aloha” disc, tied with Howard Ai, whose “Kaleihulumamo” CD is right up there with the contenders.
4 — A three-way tie for four nods, with Teresa Bright, for her “Tropic Rhapsody;” Holunape, for its “Ahea? Ano!” CD; and Amy Hānaiali'i, for her “ ‘Aumakua” Grammy nominee.
3 — Number of nominations for Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, for his “Kaumakaiwa” album.
1 — There’s a lone new category this year, Slack Key Album, enabling ki ho'alu strummers a place to compete; in years past, pigeon-holing a instrumentalist who sings, or a singer who strums, was challenging (where depended on how much vocals vs. instrumentals). The new division puts slack key efforts in the right place and spot-on limelight, not competing with, say, 'ukulele players. Ki ho'alu's time has come. And it has nothing to do with the controversy of the Hawaiian Grammy Award winners of the past -- mostly ki ho'alu compilations.
1 — Number of “Amerian Idol” finalist disqualified from the ballot. And no, it’s not Jasmine Trias, it’s Camille Velasco, whose "Guava Jelly," which was listed on the final ballot, has been deemed ineligible because it was a single, not a DVD music video.
10 — Number of competitors on the final ballot for Favorite Entertainer, each nominated in at least one key category; this is the only category with voting input from the general public (all other categories are voted on by members of the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts).
2 — Potential posthumous laurels, to a single act, Israel Kamakawio’ole :& the Mākaha Sons of Ni'ihau for “Unforgettable,” which is vying in two categories, though the awards would go to the producer and engineer.
It’s anyone’s guess as to who’ll corral the most wins, and upsets are always part of the outcome.
As for duration, the Hoku Awards are known to ramble on and on and on.

THE 2009 FINALISTS

Anthology Album:
• “50 Greatest songs of Hawai’i,” various artists (Mountain Apple), Honolulu Magazine, producer
• “Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest Winners, Best of,” various artists (Hula), Don McDiarmid Jr., Don “Flip” McDiarmid III, producers
• “Kamalei: Keali’i Reichel Collection – Two,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele), Keali‘i Reichel, Fred Krauss, Jim Linkner, producers
• “Keys of Love,” Kapena (KDE Records) KDE Records Inc., producers
• “Unforgettable,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and the Mākaha Sons of Ni’ihau (Poki), Tim Mathre, Kata Maduli, Lea Uehara, producers

Christmas Album of the Year
• “Aloha Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Christmas,” Maui Jam (Maui Jam)
• “Christmas Aloha,” various artists (Moutain Apple)
• “E Ola Ke Ali’i: The Na Kama Christmas Collection, Vol. 1,” Na Kama (Makani).
• “Kimo’s Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas,” Jim “Kimo” West (Westernmost)
• “Kohala Christmas,” Kohala (Palm).
• “Winds and Colors of Christmas,” ‘Ilima Rivera (Mahina Mele).

Compilation Album of the Year
• “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Master Series, Vol. II,” various artists (Rhythm and Roots), Chris Lau, Milton Lau, producers
• “Hawaiian Style 5,” various artists (Neos), Pati St. John, producer
• “Live at ‘Iolani School Fair — Vol. 1,” various artists (No Hum Yet), Fred B. Li, producer
• “Love, Love, Love,” various artists (One Hawaii), Alika “Boy” Kalauli, Sherry Kalauli, Shawn Pimental, producers
• “Pink CD,” various artists (Island Soul), Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, producer

Music Video DVD of the Year
• “Kamehameha Schools 2008 Song Contest,” Kamehameha Schools (Mountain Apple Co.)
• “Like Ocean, Like Lace,” Cheryl Bartlett (Akimbo)

Contemporary Album of the Year
• “Acoustic Beauty,” Tahiti Rey (Rey of Light)
• “Another Rainbow,” Jeff Rasmussen (Fat Katz)
• “‘Aumakua,” Amy Hānaiali’i (Ua)
• “Everyday,” Ten Feet (Ohana)
• “Full Circle,” Titus Kinimaka (no label)
• “Time,” Dave Tucciarone (Dave Tucciarone)

Hawaiian Album of the Year
• “Ahea? ‘Ano!,” Holunape (Roy Sakuma)
• “Destiny,” The Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
• “Kaumakaiwa,” Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole (Mountain Apple)
• “Pili O Ke Ao,” Kupaoa (Kupaoa)
• “Yesterday and Today,” Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i (Sons of Hawaii)

Hip Hop/R&B Album of the Year
• “Alive and Well,” King Kek
ai (Ekahi)
• “Connie,” Connie Cruz (One Hawaii)
• “Hawai‘i and Beyond,” Ryan Hiraoka (Rubbah Slippah).
• “Planet Earth,” Nigel Kauanui (no label)
• “Reborn,” A Touch of Gold (Golden Boy)

Instrumental Album of the Year
• “Contemporary Ukulele Instrumentals,” Kalei Gamiao (Kalei G)
• “From the Heart,” Noly Paa (Pali Winds)
• “Haleakalā,” Jeff Peterson and Riley Lee (Peterson)
• “Kohala Live,” Kohala (Palm)
• “Spotlight,” Ohta-san (Roy Sakuma)

Island Music Album of the Year

• “‘Aina,” Peter Apo (Mamo)
• “Dear Mama,” Darren Benitez (Fat Katz)
• “Force of Nature,” Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa (Jus Press)
• “The White Bathtub,” Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane)
• “...With Aloha,” Pali (PK)

Jazz Album of the Year

• “Aloha Monday,” Aaron Kaleo Agsalda (Esperanza)
• “Hawaiian Jazz,” Stephen Jones and Bryan Kessler (Wire and Wood)
• “Live at the Dragon Upstairs,” Ginai and Pierre (RVR)
• “Tropic Rhapsody,” Teresa Bright (Teresa Bright)
• “The Very Thought of You,” Shea Argel (Argel)

Reggae Album of the Year
• “The Bond That Binds,” Kawao (Jus-Us Kawao)
• “Free Again,” Kontiki (Kontiki)
• “It’s About Time,” Dani Girl (Island Soul)
• “Nothing to Hide,” Rebel Souljahs ( 000000)
• “We’re Coming,” Pohaku (Pohaku)

Religious Album of the Year

• “All for One,” Del Beazley (Mountain Apple)
• “Heaven in Your Heart,” Debra Lynn (Rainbow Rose Press)
• “My Generation,” SRM Worship (no label)
• “Psalms for Healing,” Wesley Taira (no label)
• “Send Love Everywhere but Now,” Anita Hall (Duck House)
• “Tiffa,” Tiffa Garza (One Hawaii)

Rock Album of the Year

• “Admit One,” Pimpbot (Pass Out)
• “Imua,” Imua Garza (One Hawaii)
• “Light You Up,” Kristofer David Gray (no label)
• “Many Classics, Kalapana Plays Their Best,” Kalapana (OTB)
• “A Sense of Urgency,” Upstanding Youth (no label)

Slack Key Album of the Year
• “Hanalei Tradition,” Doug and Sandy McMaster (Aloha Plenty)
• “Hawaii Island...Is My Home,” John Keawe (Homestead)
• “Kaowahi,” Ben P. Kaili Jr. (no label)
• “Paradise on the Ocean,” Doug Fitch (Doug Fitch)
• “Somewhere,” Danny Carvalho (Lava Rock)

Female Vocalist of the Year
• Diana Aki, “Kalihi” (Songbird)
• Teresa Bright, “Tropic Rhapsody (Teresa Bright)
• Amy Hānaiali‘i, “ ‘Aumakua” (Ua)
• Natalie Ai Kamauu, “‘I” (Keko)
• Ku‘upio Kumukahi, “Let’s Hula With Ku‘upio” (Ward)

Male Vocalist of the Year
• Howard K. Ai, “Kaleihulumamo” (Ginger Doggie)
• Del Beazley, “All for One” (Mountain Apple)
• Darren Benitez, “Dear Mama” (Fat Katz)
• Bill Kaiwa, “Na Halia” (Kaiwa)
• Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, “Kaumakaiwa” (Mountain Apple)
• Aaron J. Salā, “Napo‘ona Mahina: the Illusion of Reality” (Hula)

Group of the Year
• Brothers Cazimero, “Destiny” (Mountain Apple)
• Holunape, “Ahea? ‘Ano!,” (Roy Sakuma)
• Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa, “Forces of Nature” (Jus Press)
• Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i, “Yesterday and Today” (Island Sounds)
• Pali, “...With Aloha” (PK)

Most Promising Artist of the Year
• Anita Hall, “Send Love Everywhere but Now” (Duck House)
• Hapa Folk, “Good Fun” (no label)
• Kupaoa, “Pili O Kea Ao” (Kupaoa)
• Mānoa Voices, “A University Hawaiian Combo” (Hula)
• Dave Tucciarone, “Time” (Dave Tucciarone)

Album of the Year
• “Ahea? ‘Ano?,” Holunape (Roy Sakuma), Holunape, producer
• “‘Aumakua,” Amy Hānaiali‘i (Ua), Matt Catingub, producer
• “Destiny,” Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple), Jon de Mello, producer
• “Kaumakaiwa,” Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole (Mountain Apple), Shawn Pimental, Kaukaiwa Kanakaole, producers
• “...With Aloha,” Pali (PK), D.J. Pratt, Pali Ka‘aihue, producers

Song of the Year

• “Dear Mama,” by Darren Benitez, from “Dear Mama,” Darren Benitzez (Fat Katz)
• “Island Days,” by Pali T.W. Ka‘aihue, from “...With Aloha,” Pali (PK)
• “Ka ‘Imi Loa,” by Snowbird Bento and Roland Cazimero, from “Destiny,” Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple Co.)
• “Maka Ua,” by Myrna and Eddie Kamae, from “Yesterday and Today,” Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i (Hawai'i Sons)
• “Waiaka,” by Olana and Howard Ai from “Kaleihulumamo,” Howard K. Ai (Ginger Doggie)

Entertainer of the Year
• Howard K. Ai, “Kaleihulumamo” (Ginger Doggie)
• Darren Benitez, “Dear Mama” (Fat Katz)
• Teresa Bright, “Tropial Rhapsody” (Teresa Bright)
• Brothers Cazimero, “Destiny” (Mountain Apple)
• Amy Hānaiali‘i, “‘Aumakua” (Ua)
• Holunape, “Ahea? ‘Ano!” (Roy Sakuma)
• Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa, “Force of Nature” (Jus Press)
• Natalie Ai Kamauu, “‘I” (Keko)
• Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, “Let’s Hula With Ku‘uipo” (Ward)
• Pali, “...With Aloha” (PK)

Graphics
• Linda Ching and Toni Drake, “From the Heart,” Noly Paa (Pali Winds)
• Debbie Chock and Lori Nuha, “Napo‘ona Mahina: the Illusion of Reality,” Aaron J. Sala (Hula)
• Alfredo Garma, “Kaleihulumamo,” Howard K. Ai (Ginger Doggie)
• Stacey Leong Design, “‘Aina,” Peter Apo (Mamo)

Engineering
• Milan Bertosa, D.J. Pratt and Gaylord Holomalia, “Many Classics: Kalapana Plays Their Best,” Kalapana (OTB)
• Kit Ebersbach, “Tropic Rhapsody,” Teresa Bright (Teresa Bright)
• Fred Li and Eric Kop, “Bob Tribal,” Bop Tribal (Pass Out)
• Shawn Livingston Mosley, “Altar Natve,” Millicent Cummings (Jai Ma)
• Shawn Livingston Mosley, “White Bathtub,” Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane)

Liner Notes

• Olana Ai, “Kaleihulumamo,” Howard K. Ai (Ginger Doggie)
• Robert Cazimero and Roland Cazimero, “Destiny,” Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
• Gerald Kahula Hirata, “Aloha ‘Anianiau,” Leilani River Bond (Leilani)
• Kahauanu Lake, “E Hula Mai Kakou,” Na Leo (One Hawaii)
• Puakea Nogelmeier, Fred Krauss and Keali‘i Reichel, “Kamalei: Keali‘i Reichel Collection — Two,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele)

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards
6 to 11 p.m. June 9
Hawaii Ballroom, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
$115 for HARA members, $125 for non-members; $200 VIP seats available
593-9424
www.nahokuhanohano.org

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