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Kulāiwi, Kalani Peʻa and Paula Fuga win 2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

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Paula Fuga and Mike Love performance. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Kulāiwi. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Kulāiwi. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Kalani Peʻa performance. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Kalani Peʻa and ʻohana. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Crossing Rain performance. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy
  • Brad Watanabe, Paula Fuga and Mike Love. PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy

After a two-year hiatus, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards returned to a live audience format to celebrate the best in Hawaiʻi’s recording industry.

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts and The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement presented the 45th annual event on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Sheraton Waikīkī.

Kulāiwi took home awards for Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Hawaiian Music Album of the Year. Their Native Lands album also surfaced in the Hawaiian Engineering of the Year category, which went to Michael Grande & Shawn Pimental for their work on Ē Liliʻu Ē, and Haʻihaʻi Pua Lehua.

Kalani Peʻa, who was nominated in multiple categories, was honored with Song of the Year for Kau Ka Peʻa; and Male Vocalist of the Year. In April, Peʻa earned his third GRAMMY for his junior album, “Kau Ka Peʻa,” which was considered in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category.

Paula Fuga earned honors as Female vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year for her work on Rain On Sunday.

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Josh Tatofi earned Hawaiian Music Video of the year and Hawaiian Single of the Year for Wena; and Single of the Year for Perfect To Me.

PC: credit Kat Wade / Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Recording Arts Academy

45TH ANNUAL
NĀ HŌKŪ HANOHANO AWARD WINNERS

General Categories

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Album of the Year (Producer’s & Artist’s Award)
Native Lands by Kulāiwi (Kulāiwi Music) Kawika Kahiapo, Shawn Pimental & Lehua Kalima, Producers

EP (Extended Play) of the Year
Christmas In Hawaiʻi by Kimie Miner (Haku Records)

Hawaiian EP (Extended Play) of the Year
ʻAwaloha by Kapiliela Kala (Kapiliela Kala)

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Single of the Year
Perfect To Me by Josh Tatofi (Jream Entertainment)

Hawaiian Single of the Year
Wena by Josh Tatofi (Jream Entertainment)

Christmas Single of the Year
A Hawaiian Christmas by Stacie Kuʻulei (Tin Idol Productions)

Music Video of the Year
It’s Time to Build a Bridge by John Cruz (Lilikoi Records LLC) Julia Levanne & Ryan Antalan – Video Directors / John Cruz – Music Producer

Hawaiian Music Video of the Year
Wena by Josh Tatofi (Jream Entertainment) Antonio Agosto – Video Director / Josh Tatofi – Music Producer.

Instrumental Composition of the Year (Composer’s Award)
Halemaʻumaʻu by Jeff Peterson (Jeff Peterson Productions) Jeff Peterson, Composer

Song of the Year (Composer’s Award)
Kau Ka Peʻa by Kalani Peʻa (Peʻa Records & Entertainment) Kalani Peʻa, Larry Kauanoe Kimora & Wailua Ryder, Composers

Female Vocalist of the Year
Paula Fuga for Rain On Sunday (Brushfire Records)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kalani Peʻa for Kau Ka Peʻa (Peʻa Records & Entertainment)

Group of the Year
Kulāiwi for Native Lands (Kulāiwi Music)

Most Promising Artist(s) of the Year
Wailea for Lei Pāpahi (Wailea Music LLC)

Genre Categories

Alternative Album of the Year
Chroma (vol. 2) by Sean Cleland (Sean Cleland Music)

Anthology of the Year (Producers Award)
Henry’s Positive World by Henry Kapono (Kapono Records) Henry Kapono Kaaihue & Leslie Kaaihue & Lezlee Kaaihue, Producers

Compilation Album of the Year (Producer’s Award)
Awaiāulu ʻIa E Ke Aloha No Molokaʻi by Institute of Hawaiian Music Molokaʻi (Institute of Hawaiian Music) Keola Donaghy, Leihuanani Kealiʻi nohomoku, Les Ceballos & Zanuck Lindsey, Producers

Contemporary Album of the Year
Rain On Sunday by Paula Fuga (Brushfire Records)

Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year
Jake & Friends by Jake Shimabukuro (Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings)

Hawaiian Music Album of the Year
Native Lands by Kulāiwi (Kulāiwi Music)

Hip Hop Album of the Year
The West Above All by Punahele (Punahele)

Instrumental Album of the Year
Mele Nahenahe, Soothing Sounds of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar by Jeff Peterson (Jeff Peterson Productions)

Island Music Album of the Year
Home by Nāpua Greig (Pihana Productions)

Jazz Album of the Year
Aloha Jazz Lounge by Kaikona (Hulu Kupuna Productions)

Metal Album of the Year
Stardust & Blood by Storm (Tin Idol Productions)

R&B Album of the Year
Mrs. Golden by a Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold)

Reggae Album of the Year
Back on the Porch by Hoʻaikāne (MTW Records)

Religious Album of the Year
Soul Crucial by Sons of Yeshua (Bless Up Hawaii LLC)

Rock Album of the Year
A Duran Duran Tribute by Tin Idols (Tin Idol Productions)

ʻUkulele Album of the Year
Beyond Words by Abe Lagrimas Jr. (On The Up Records)

Top Ten Favorite Entertainer of the Year
CROSSING RAIN

General Engineering of the Year
Imua Garza for Chroma (vol. 2) by Sean Cleland (Sean Cleland Music) 1. Wake. 2. White Noise.

Hawaiian Engineering of the Year
Michael Grande & Shawn Pimental for Native Lands by Kulāiwi (Kulāiwi Music) 1. Ē Liliʻu Ē. 2. Haʻihaʻi Pua Lehua.

Graphics of the Year
Kanaiʻa Nakamura, Kanaeokana for Mele Hoʻopulapula Vol. 1 by Various Artists (Kāhuli Leo Leʻa)

Haku Mele of they Year
Koʻolau Waltz – Kalani K. Akana, Composer from Lei Pāpahi by Walea (Walea Music LLC)

Hawaiian Language Performance of the Year
Keāiwaokulamanu by The Tuahine Troupe (Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha)

International Album of the Year – Special Recognition Award
Nā Pualani by Kaulana (Kaulana Entertainment)

Liner Notes of the Year
Kū Koanui-Souza & Desi Nuʻuhiwa Koanui-Souza for Lei Pāpahi by Walea (Walea Music LLC)

  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
  • 45th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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