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The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Photos, video, and results of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano music awards gala

Posted May 26, 2013 by Melissa Chang

More than 1,300 people turned out for the sold-out, 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano music awards gala last night at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hokus, as you may know, are the Hawaii equivalent of the Grammy Awards, so entertainers from around the state were a big part of the crowd.

The big winners this year were Na Hoa, a trio comprised of Keoni Souza, Ikaika Blackburn, and Halehaku Seabury, who walked away with four Hokus: most promising artist, album of the year, group of the year and Hawaiian music album of the year. Other musicians who won multiple awards include Amy Hanaiali’i, Brittni Paiva, Kuana Torres Kahele, Dennis Kamakahi, Weldon Kekauoha, Nathan Aweau, and Manu Boyd.

Top awards:

  • Album of the year: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa and Dave Tucciarone, producers
  • Song: “Uhiwai,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
  • Favorite entertainer: Weldon Kekauoha
  • Group: Na Hoa
  • Female vocalist: Amy Hanaiali‘i, “My Father’s Granddaughter” (UA)
  • Male vocalist: Weldon Kekauoha, “Pilialoha” (‘Ohelo)
  • Most promising artist: Na Hoa, “Na Hoa” (Na Hoa)

Albums of the year:

  • Alternative: “Contrast,” Sing the Body (‘Aumakua)
  • Contemporary: “My Father’s Granddaughter,” Amy Hanaiali‘i (UA)
  • Hawaiian music: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa (UA)
  • Hip-hop: “Live From Soul Sound,” Evasive Species (‘Aumakua)
  • Instrumental: “Steel’n Love,” Bobby Ingano (Kui‘ou‘ou)
  • International: “Noho Aloha,” Maika‘iloa (no label)
  • Island music: “‘Io,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
  • Jazz: “I Wish You Love,” Melveen Leed (ML Records)
  • Reggae: “The Change I’m Seeking,” Mike Love (Love Not War)
  • Rock: “The Blinding Speed of Trust,” Piranha Brothers (‘Aumakua)
  • Ukulele: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva (Brittni Paiva)

Other winners:

  • EP (extended-play release): “Wahi Mahalo,” Kamakakehau Fernandez (Kamakakehau)
  • Graphics: B. Kanaiʻa Nakamura for “Ha‘a,” Na Palapalai (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • Liner notes: Manu Boyd, Robert Cazimero and Shawn Livingston Moseley, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music,” Manu Boyd (Hui Waianuhea)
  • Engineering: Wendell Ching and Kapena De Lima for “Shame on You,” Kimie (Kimie Miner)
  • Music video/DVD: “The Hawaiian Legends: Live in Concert,” various artists (Kuleana)
  • Christmas: “Hilo for the Holidays,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • Single: “Merry Christmas Darling,” Waipuna (Poki)
  • Anthology: “A 20 Year Collection of The Mana‘o Company,” The Mana‘o Company (Dan Pa)
  • Compilation Album: “Lana‘i Slack Key Festival — Live Kiho‘alu at Ke‘ele,” various artists (Jazz Alley)
  • Religious Album: “Glory to God on High,” Jeff Rasmussen and James Rubin (Glory to God)
  • Slack key Album: “Slack Key Huaka‘i,” Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
  • Haku mele: “Kaka‘ako Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha,” Kaiponohea Hale, from “Ho‘ola Lahui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Aina: Vibrant People, Thriving Lands,” various artists (Kamehameha Schools)
  • Hawaiian language performance: Manu Boyd, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music” (Hui Waia­nuhea)
  • Instrumental composition: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva
  • Ki Hoalu Foundation Legacy Award: Dennis Kamakahi
 Mo Keale “Aloha Is”
  • Award for Community Service: Kuuipo Kumukahi
  • Maiki Aiu Steel Guitar Legacy Award: Jerry Byrd

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Na Hoku Hanohano 2013

—Photo by Melissa Chang

If you want to listen to some of the performances from last night while you browse our photos, just click on the videos below. Many of the performances were collaborations between artists who had never played together before, sometimes from different genres.

Ukulele All Stars Taimane Gardner, Kalei Gamiao and Brittni Paiva together on stage:

Nathan Aweau and Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui had not only never played together on stage, they didn’t even practice for this collaboration at the awards show:

Kamakakehau Fernandez and Sunway performing together:

Local rock band The Dukes of Surf put a spin on nostalgia with this performance:


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted May 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Delicate Blossom:  I hope the fuud was as guud as the music!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted May 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave eeeehhhh banquet food!

  3. Melissa808
    Posted May 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave eeeehhhh banquet food!


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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