2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners

GENERAL CATEGORIES

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Palena ‘Ole, Kapena (KDE) Kapena, producer

EP (“EXTENDED PLAY”) OF THE YEAR: “Pali Ke Kua,” Mailani (Hā Enterprises)

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Bamboo,” Kimie Miner from Proud As the Sun (Haku Records) Kimie Miner, Imua Garza, Jesse Epstein, and Isaac Moreno, composers

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “We Are Hawai’’i’s Finest,” Ekolu (Waiehu Records)

HAWAIIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Kaulana Ka Inoa ‘o Hokule’a,” Chad Takatsugi featuring Na Hoa and Kuini (no label)

INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION (Composer’s Award): “Kahulanui Boogie Woogie,” Kahulanui from Mele Ho’oilina (Kahulanui, LLC) Bill Noble, composer

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Kimie Miner, Proud As The Sun (Haku Records)

GROUP OF THE YEAR: Kapena, Palena ‘Ole (KDE)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Kamaka Kukona, ‘Ala Anuhea (Hanu)

MOST PROMISING ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Leipono, Ku’u Pualei (no label)

 

GENRE CATEGORIES

 

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Stay Gold, Stef Mariani (Klever Kitty Records)

ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR (Producer’s Award): Jus’ Bes’, Led Kaapana (Jus’ Press Productions)

COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Na Mele ‘Ukulele, Various Artists (Neos Productions)

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Palena ‘Ole, Kapena (KDE)

HAWAIIAN MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: I Ke Ko A Ke Au, Keauhou (Keauhou)

HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Makana, Illtalian (no label)

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Across the Sea, Greg Sardinha, Tsun- Hui Hung, and Jeff Peterson (Keala Records)

ISLAND MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: So The Story Goes, Halemanu (Sounds Like Hale)

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Mele Ho’oilina, Kahulanui (Kahulanui LLC)

METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Zodiac, Storm (Tin Idol Production)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “When I Come Home,” Kapena (KDE)

R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Genres of Soul, RJ Kaneao (Groove Plant Hawaii)

REGGAE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Marching Orders, The Green (Easy Star Records)

RELIGIOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Simply for Ke Akua, Kenneth Makuakane (KMM)

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Lightning Strikes Hilo, Larry Dupio (no label)

‘UKULELE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: ‘Ukulele Friends: The Sequel, Bryan Tolentino & Herb Ohta, Jr. (Neos Productions)

FAVORITE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Valentine, John

 

TECHNICAL CATEGORIES

 

GRAPHICS AWARD: Wailani Artates for Makawalu, Nāpua (Pihana Productions)

LINER NOTES: Zachary Alaka’i Lum for I Ke Ko A Ke Au, Keauhou (Keauhou)

ADJUDICATED CATEGORIES: HAKU MELE AWARD (2 Awards)

Aloha Maunalua,” by Nicholas Keali’i Lum, from I Ke Ko A Ke Au, Keauhou (Keauhou)

“Ma ‘eli’eli,” by Zachary Alaka’i Lum, I Ke Ko A Ke Au, Keauhou (Keauhou)

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE AWARD: Keauhou, I Ke Ko A Ke Au, Keauhou (Keauhou)

GENERAL ENGINEERING AWARD: Imua Garza and Jules Washington, for Proud As the Sun, Kimie Miner (Haku Records)

HAWAIIAN ENGINEERING AWARD: Dave Tucciarone, for Makawalu, Nāpua (Pihana Productions)

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Colors, Hook (Fukuhara Naoki)

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