Hawaii Music Awards honor Hanaiali'i, slack key

February 13th, 2011
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Amy Hanaiali’i and a compilation of Hawaiian slack key music are among the winners in the 2011 Hawaii Music Awards, an interactive “People’s Choice” competition conducted online.
An awards banquet will be held April 11 to honor the victors and nominees.
The Hawaii Music Awards — open to Hawaiian music artists locally, nationally and internationally — attract both established acts and newbies and enable them to get recognition and acknowledgment via its website. The competition — established in 1996 — is open to all, without membership dues, and is an alternative to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, which feature a people’s choice slot but otherwise restrict voting to dues-paying members of the local recording community. So performers, like Hanaiali'i, emerge on all eligible music competitions, including The Grammy's Hawaiian Music category.

The winners:

Adult Contemporary —The Waitiki 7, “New Sounds of Exotica”

Anthology —Dennis Soares, “Worldwide Composers Vol. 1”

Children's Music —Tia Carrera, “Huana Ke Aloha”

Classical Music — Kool Hand Luke, “Classical Ukulele Masterpieces”

Compilation Album — “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Vol. 3,”
George Kahumoku, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim

Contemporary Hawaiian — Amy Hanaiali'i, “Slack Key Masters of Hawaii”

Dancehall Reggae ( Recognition Award Category) — HaleAmonO, “Haleamano House of Sharks”

DVD —Typical Hawaiians, “Honolulu City Life”

Exotica Music —Tiki Joe's Ocean, “Under the Midnight Sun”

Film Score (Recognitions Award Category) — L.M. Azpiazu, “Film Noir: The Musical”

Folk Music — Stephen Inglis, “Slackin' on Dylan”

Hip Hop — Yung Tunez, “InVasion”

Inspirational/Gospel Music — Cindy Paulos, “Practicing Aloha”

Island Contemporary — Heart & Soul, “Take It Easy”

Jazz — Paul Shimomoto, “All That Hawaiian Jazz”

Latin Music (Recognition Award Category) — Rolando Sanchez, “Vamonos de Fiesta (Let’s Go Party)”

New Age — Shawn Livingston Mosely, “Karmatic Contracts”

Polynesian Music — Te Vaka, “Haoloto”

Pop Music —Hana & Satchwell, “Chillaxin’”

Rap Music— I.A., “Beyond Paradise”

Reggae —The Green, “The Green”

Rhythm & Blues — Brysen G., “Grown”

Rock — Allright Family Band

Seasonal Music — John Tussey, “Christmas Impressions”

Single — J. Boog, “Let’s Do It Again”

Ska Music ( Recognition Award Category) — My Peoples, “Light Up”

Slack Key (tie) —Doug & Sandy McMaster, “Hanalei Tradition;” Patrick Landeza, “Kuu Honua Mele (My Music World)”

Steel Guitar — Alan Akaka, Casey Olson, Greg Sardinha, “Hawaiian Steel, Vol. 6”

Traditional Hawaiian — Napua Makua, “Mohalu”

Ukulele Music —Herb Ohta, Jr., “Ukulele Nahenahe”

World Music — Angela Crandall, “Malaika”

15th Annual Hawaii Music Awards
Winners and Nominees Banquet

6 to 10 p.m. April 11
Manoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center
$75 dinner and show; pupus from 6 to 7 p.m., buffet and show, 7 to 10 p.m.
951-6699, www.thehawaiimusicawards.com

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