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2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Finalists Announced

Posted April 11, 2016, 01:18 PM HST Updated April 19, 2016, 04:38 PM HST
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The Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts announced the final ballot nominees for the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, scheduled to take place on May 28th at the Kalakaua Ballroom of the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

The 39th Annual event includes multiple nominations of Maui’s Lily Meola who is named as a finalist in categories that include: Female Vocalist of the Year, Most Promising Artist of the Year; and Contemporary Album of the Year for her newly released album “They Say…”

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The 21-year-old songstress is making big headlines nationally with Rolling Stone naming her as one of the, “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” GoPro also featured her in a special (that was republished on our own Maui Now website) in which they joined her and Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) in Luck, Texas for a song session and interview.

Meola was born and raised on the island of Maui.  She has performed at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, as an opener for the Maui Film Festival, and has toured with Country legend Willie Nelson.

Other Maui residents or those with Maui ties on the nomination list include: Amy Hānaialiʻi; Jeff Peterson; George Kahumoku Jr.; Da Ukulele Boyz; Kaʻimi Hananoʻeau in the EP category; and the Institute of Hawaiian Music for their album Aloha ʻIa Nō ʻO Maui, produced by Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College.

The complete list of nominees that will appear on the final ballot are posted below:

GENERAL CATEGORIES 

Female Vocalist of the Year – Best performance by a female artist.

  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU, La La La La (Keko)
  • AMY HĀNAIALIʻI, Chardonnay (Ua)
  • MAILANI, Pacific Gem (Hā)
  • LILY MEOLA, They Say… (no label)
  • KIMIE MINER, Kimie Miner (Kimie Miner)

Group of the Year – Best performance by a vocal duo or group.

  • BEN & MAILA, All About Love (Dream)
  • CRIMSON APPLE, Hello (Crimson Apple)
  • KAHULANUI, From Hawaiʻi to New York (Kahulanui)
  • MAUNALUA, He Inoa (Lokahi)
  • ROUGH RIDERS, THE, We Ride (Rough Rider)

Male Vocalist of the Year – Best performance by a male artist.

  • NATHAN AWEAU, ʻĀina Hānau (Bass Plus Music Arts)
  • JIMMY BORGES, Jimmy Borges (Mountain Apple)
  • MICHAEL KEALE, No Ka Beauty (PRM)
  • MIKE LOVE, Love Will Find A Way (Love Not War)
  • SEAN NAʻAUAO, Lehua Beauty (Mountain Apple)

Most Promising Artist of the Year – Most promising first-recorded effort as a featured artist or group.

  • BLAYNE ASING, Young, Old Soul (no label)
  • CRIMSON APPLE, Hello (Crimson Apple)
  • KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS CHILDREN’S CHORUS, He Koa Mau A Mau (KSBE)
  • LILY MEOLA, They Say… (no label)
  • TIM ROSE, Tim Rose (no label)

Single of the Year – Best-recorded performance of a song released as a single in either physical (CD) or digital format.

  • “365,” Kapena featuring Kalenaku (KDE)
  • “IN THE END (HISESSIONS),” Nathan Aweau (HiSessions)
  • “NEW MELODY,” Kapena featuring Pena Bu & Kay-Oh! (KDE)
  • “OHOHIA KO KA HONUA,” Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
  • “SHOWER TREE,” Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)

EP (“Extened Play”) of the Year – Best extended play release (between 3 and 8 songs) of newly released material.

  • ALOOOHA, Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini (Ming Pur)
  • BROTHER FOR THE PEOPLE, Taz Vegas (RSM)
  • FROM HAWAIʻI TO NEW YORK, Kahulanui (Kahulanui)
  • UKULELE WHAT?, Kaʻimi Hananoʻeau (Loihi)
  • WE RIDE, The Rough Riders (Rough Rider)

Album of the Year  – Best album release of the year.

  • ĀINA HĀNAU, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus Music Arts) Nathan Aweau – producer
  • CHARDONNAY, Amy Hānaialiʻi (Ua) Michael Ruff – producer
  • HE INOA, Maunalua (Lokahi) Lokahi Records – producer
  • JIMMY BORGES, Jimmy Borges (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello – producer
  • LA LA LA LA, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko) David Tucciarone, Natalie Ai Kamauu, and Iolani Kamauu – producers
  • LEHUA BEAUTY, Sean Naʻauao (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello – producer

Song of the Year – Best achievement in creating a first-time recorded song.

  • ʻĀINA HĀNAU” by Nathan Aweau from ʻĀINA HĀNAU, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus Music Arts)
  • “HE MAKANA A KA PUʻUWAI” by Louis “Moon” Kauakahi from A GIFT OF THE HEART, Mark Yamanaka & Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
  • “MAUNALUA HE INOA” by Manu Boyd from HE INOA, Maunalua (Lokahi)
  • “SHOWER TREE” by Kihei Nahale-a and Natalie Ai Kamauu from LA LA LA LA, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  • “UALEʻA O KA MAHINA” by Amy Hānaialiʻi from CHARDONNAY, Amy Hānaialiʻi (Ua)

Instrumental Composition – (Composerʻs award) Best achievement in creating a first-time recorded insrumental composition.

  • “Cassandra,” by Henry Kapono from WE RIDE, The Rough Riders (Rough Rider)
  • “Moemoea,” by Kris Fuchigami from MOEMOEA, Kris Fuchigami (Kris Fuchigami)
  • “Old Pali,” by Jeff Peterson from OʻAHU, Jeff Peterson (Peterson)
  • “Piʻiholo Sunset,” by George Kahumoku, Jr. From PANIOLO SLACK KEY – SONGS OF THE HAWAIIAN COWBOY, George Kahumoku, Jr. (Kealia Farms)
  • “Summer of 81,” by Nathan Aweau from ʻĀINA HĀNAU, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus Music Arts)
  • “Travels,” by Jake Shimabukuro from TRAVELS, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Favorite Entertainer of the Year – Best performance by an artist or group.

  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU
  • NATHAN AWEAU
  • BEN & MAILA
  • JIMMY BORGES
  • AMY HĀNAIALIʻI
  • KAWIKA KAHIAPO
  • MAUNALUA
  • SEAN NAʻAUAO
  • JEFF PETERSON
  • STREETLIGHT CADENCE
  • MARK YAMANAKA & KŪPAOA

GENRE CATEGORIES 
Alternative Album of the Year – Best performance of alternative music.

  • AMERICAN BOY, Erin Smith (Erin Smith Music)
  • BEYOND PARADISE, Streetlight Cadence (Streetlight Cadence)
  • HELLO, Crimson Apple (Crimson Apple)
  • STARK, Sebastian Hughes (Stark)
  • TIM ROSE, Tim Rose (no label)

Anthology Album of the Year – (Producerʻs award) Best album of previously released material.

  • 30, Kapena (KDE) Kapena De Lima – producer
  • ʻULUʻULU ʻĒLUA, Kuuipo Kumukahi (Kumu 1) Kaohulani Aiu, Kuulei Haili and Kuualoha Zepeda producers
  • ʻOHINA MELE, Kenneth Makuakāne (KM) Kenneth Makuakāne, Jim Uyeda, and Keola Donaghy – producers
  • ONCE THIS LIFETIME, Dennis and Christy Soares (Elation) Dennis Soares – producer
  • STILL CHASING THE SUN, Dennis and Christy Soares (Elation) Dennis Soares – producer

Christmas Album of the Year – Best performance in a Christmas theme.

  • CHRISTMAS RUSH, Abrigo ʻOhana (Abrigo ʻOhana)
  • GIFT OF THE HEART, A, Mark Yamanaka & Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
  • METAL KALIKIMAKA – VOLUME 2, Tin Idols (TIP)
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Comedy Album of the Year – Best comedy performance release on album or DVD.

  • DEATH BY SNU SNU, Harold Wong (Pass Out)
  • ELECTRIC ISLAND, Kepa Kruse (Petroglyph)
  • I’M NOT THAT GUY, Patrick Tyrrell (Pass Out)
  • LIBRARY MAFIA, Anthony Silano (Pass Out)
  • SACRED SNAIL, Oil In the Alley (Improverished)

Compilation Album of the Year – (Producerʻs award) Best performance of newly released material by a minimum of three distinct artists. 

  • ALOHA ʻIA NŌ ʻO MAUI, Institute of Hawaiian Music (no label) Keola Donaghy – producer
  • DISCOVERED, Various Artists (Elation) Dennis Soares – producer
  • REFLECTIONS PROJECT – MAUI JAZZ 2015, THE, Various Artists (Rock the Rock) Lauren Burgess and Steven Burgess – producers
  • SUMMER DREAM, Various Artists (Daddy Leopard) Brandon Apeles and Michelle Aquino – producers

Contemporary Album of the Year – Best performance in a contemporary style

  • CHARDONNAY, Amy Hānaialiʻi (Ua)
  • ECHOES, Aidan James (Aidan James)
  • KIMIE MINER, Kimie Miner (Kimie Miner)
  • THEY SAY…, Lily Meola (no label)
  • YOUNG, OLD SOUL, Blayne Asing (no label)

Hawaiian Music Album of the Year – Best performance of Hawaiian music. 

  • AHUWALE, Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)
  • HE INOA, Maunalua (Lokahi)
  • LA LA LA LA, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  • LEHUA BEAUTY, Sean Naʻauao (Mountain Apple)
  • MAKAHA SONS MEMOIRS, Jerome Koko and Daniel Ho (DHC)

Instrumental Album of the Year – Best Instrumental performance.

  • BUDDY NOWHERE 1930’S, Rich Crandall (Music Formats)
  • PACIFIC HARP PROJECT, Pacific Harp Project (Megan Bledsoe Ward)
  • RAINBOW ROAD, Nancy Shoop-Wu (Lei Hoku)
  • SOLITARY WAY, A, Dennis Soares (Elation)
  • TOUCH THE SKY, Eden Kai (Eden Kai)
  • WHEN TIME STOOD STILL, Dennis Soares (Elation)

Island Music Album of the Year – Best cotemporary performance of music of or about Hawai‘i.

  • ʻĀINA HĀNAU, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
  • ALL ABOUT LOVE, Ben and Maila (Dream)
  • GARDEN, THE, Meleʻuhane: Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey (Tiki Time)
  • LEGEND OF THE GREY WOLF, THE, Dennis Kamakahi (Makai)
  • NO KA BEAUTY, Michael Keale (PRM)

Jazz Album of the Year – Best jazz performance. 

  • JIMMY BORGES, Jimmy Borges (Mountain Apple)
  • KOELE MIST, Henry Allen (Rainbow)
    3.  LOVE WANTS TO DANCE, Jimmy C (Jimmy C)
  • SOIRĒE EDITH PIAF, L’Escargot: Pierre Grill, Duane Padilla, and Mimi Hafele (RVR)
  • SWANKY 2, Patrick von Wiegandt (Von Wiegandt)

Music DVD of the Year – Best performance of music and video on a DVD.

  • BROTHER FOR THE PEOPLE – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO, Taz Vegas (RSM)
  • KA ʻELE KŪ, Eddie Tanaka (Mystical Molokai)
  • SWANKY 2 – MY VALENTINE, Patrick von Wiegandt (Von Wiegandt)

R&B Album of the Year – Best performance of music in an R&B style.

  • LIVE FROM KAUAI, Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band (Kuleana)
  • UNREQUITED, Rikah (Indie)
  • YEARS IN THE BREAKING, Joni Llamedo (Joni Llamedo)

Religious Album of the Year – Best performance of religious material. 

  • ARTIST OF MY LIFE, Sons of Yeshua (Righteous Rudeboy)
  • E MAVAE ATU TUPULAGA, Penieli LOC Worship Team (no label)
  • GREATER TOGETHER, New Hope Oahu (NHO/Dream)
  • MWAREITI KOP, Arrows of Destiny Worship Academy (no label)
  • ONE OHANA IN JESUS, Randy, Gay, and Andrew Hongo (Christian Vision)

Rock Album of the Year – Best performance of music in a rock style. 

  • AWAKENING, Jamie Gallo (Jamie Gallo)
  • BROKEN PROMISES, 82Fifty (Lab munkeez)
  • ENDANGERED SPECIES, Stuart Hollinger (Keala)
  • HEAVY CROWN, THE, Pimpbot (Pass Out)
  • STORM’S A BREWIN’, Storm (TIP)

Slack Key Album of the Year – Best performance of slack or vocals with slack key accompaniment. 

  • NAHEʻOLU, Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
  • OʻAHU, Jeff Peterson (Peterson)
  • PANIOLO SLACK KEY – SONGS OF THE HAWAIIAN COWBOY, George Kahumoku, Jr.  (Kealia Farms)

‘Ukulele Album of the Year – Best ‘ukulele performance. 

  • JUS CUZ, UKULELE DUETS, Da Ukulele Boyz (Peter D)
  • LOW “G”, Kimo Hussey (Neos)
  • TRAVELS, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)
  • ‘UKULELE FRIENDS, Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta, Jr. (Neos)
  • WE ARE MADE OF STARS, Taimane (no label)

TECHNICAL CATEGORIES 
GRAPHICS AWARD – Award for best total album packaging.  

  • MICHAEL HIPOLITO, for BEYOND PARADISE by Streetlight Cadence (Streetlight Cadence)
  • STACEY LEONG MILLS AND KARYN YASUI LAU, for AHUWALE by Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)
  • KEIKILANI LINDSEY, for THE GARDEN by Meleuhane: Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey (Tiki Time)
  • B. KANAI‘A NAKAMURA, for HE INOA by Maunalua (Lokahi)
  • B. KANAI‘A NAKAMURA, for JIMMY BORGES by Jimmy Borges (Mountain Apple)

Liner Notes Award – Award for best liner notes. 

  • CHAD TAKATSUGI AND DR. KEAWE LOPES, for AHUWALE by Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)
  • MICHAEL KEALE, for NO KA BEAUTY by Michael Keale (PRM)
  • JON MAGNUSSEN AND KALAMA CABIGON, for PAKAʻA LANAKILA by Spring Wind Quintet (Chamber Music Hawaii)
  • GEORGE KAHUMOKU, JR., for PANIOLO SLACK KEY – SONGS OF THE HAWAIIAN COWBOY by George Kahumoku, Jr. (Kealia  Farms)
  • HARRY B. SORIA, JR. AND NINA KEALIʻIWAHAMANA, for PAULINE KEKAHUNA ANDHER HAUʻOLI GIRLS by Pauline Kekahuna and Her Hauʻoli Girls (Cord/Hana Ola)

ADJUDICATED CATEGORIES 
Haku Mele Award– (Composerʻs award) Best first-released song or chant primarily in the Hawaiian language.

  • “He Aloha Nu}uanu” by Dr. Lisa Takatsugi and Chad Takatsugi, from AHUWALE, Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)
  • “He Wehi No Pauahi” by Kahikina De Silva and Chad Takatsugi, from AHUWALE, Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)
  • “Maunlua He Inoa” by Manu Boyd, from HE INOA, Maunalua (Lokahi)
  • “Nani Ke Ao Nei” by Lynell Bright, from HE KOA MAU A MAU, Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus (KSBE)
  • “Rose Oanona: by Chad Takatsugi, from AHUWALE, Chad Takatsugi (Koops2)

Hawaiian Language Performance Award – (Artist award) Best performance in the Hawaiian Language. 

  • Abrigo ʻOhana, for ʻŌPAEʻULA (ÍAbrigo Ohana)
  • Institute of Hawaiian Music, for ALOHA ʻIA NŌ ʻ O MAUI (no label)
  • Maunalua, for HE INOA (Lokahi)
  • Meleʻuhane: Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey, for THE GARDEN (Tiki Time)
  • Chad Takatsugi, for AHUWALE (Koops2)

International Album Special Recognition Award – Award restricted to non-US artists (those born in and who reside in the country in which the submission originates) 

  • KUPULAU, Keiko (Ao Aqua)
  • I AROUND, Rio (no label)
  • NEW WORLD, Daichi Watanabe (Clever Sea)
  • UKULELE MERRY CHRISTMAS, Ryo Natoyama (Intense Music)
  • UKULELE SPLASH, Ryo Natoyama (Intense Music)
    Maihama Amphitheater entrance, Japan. The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    Maihama Amphitheater entrance, Japan. The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    Natalie Ai Kamauʻu (female vocalist of the year finalist) performing at the ballot announcement event. The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    Natalie Ai Kamauʻu (female vocalist of the year finalist) performing at the ballot announcement event. The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    Sha-Lei at the final ballot announcements, made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    Sha-Lei at the final ballot announcements, made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    The final ballot announcement was made on Sunday April 10 in Japan at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards/2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater. Photo credit: Nā Hōkū Hanohano/Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.

    IHM second class. The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music.

    IHM second class. The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music.

    During SXSW, Maui singer/songwriter, Lily Meola and Lukas Nelson invited GoPro to Willie Nelson’s Ranch in Luck, Texas for an intimate performance of their duet “Sound of Your Memory.” Credit: GoPro.

    During SXSW, Maui singer/songwriter, Lily Meola and Lukas Nelson invited GoPro to Willie Nelson’s Ranch in Luck, Texas for an intimate performance of their duet “Sound of Your Memory.” Credit: GoPro.

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