The inaugural RAWards in Honolulu, sponsored in part by Nonstop Honolulu and thrown by the local branch of the RAW:natural born artists movement, went off in a big way at Aloha Beer on Saturday night. Part of a national competition, with 54 shows across the nation on the same night, the event consisted of indie artists from the local community competing in seven category types: Visual Art, Fashion, Accessories, Music, Photography, Performing Art and Hair & Makeup to win the right to represent Honolulu in the RAWards national finals. The top 3-5 nominees, in each craft were voted on by attendees and a panel of three local judges.
Congratulations to the winners!
Visual Artist of the Year: Melissa Rivera
Fashion Designer of the Year: Wonderhoodz
Accessories Designer of the Year: Anchor My Love
Hair & Makeup Stylist of the Year: Face Art Beauty
Musician of the Year: Da Push-O-Verse
Photographer of the Year: Kari Geha Photography
Performing Artist of the Year: Blank Canvas dance crew
Winners will travel to Los Angeles to take part in the national finals, and get some valuable career-boosting prizes, like placement in boutiques and galleries, products and services that will boost their exposure and consultations with the judges.
For more info on RAW:natural born artists, visit their website at www.rawartists.org/honolulu.
Photos by Tracy Chan and Eric Baranda.