Events

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts conducts three primary events – the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, The Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival, which encompasses the first two events as well as other activities produced in cooperation with other agencies and entities.

Be sure to check the official Mele Mei Website for a list of April/May events!

Mele Mei

Mele Mei is the celebration of Hawai‘i’s music, language and culture.  Mele Mei events capitalize on Hawai‘i’s music, and its global appeal to make Hawai‘i the destination for national and international participants and visitors.  Kama‘āina as well can enjoy the wide varitey of family friendly events during the Mele Mei festival.  Mele Mei events are held throughout the entire month of May throughout the state of Hawai‘i. 

 

Inaugurated in 2011, Mele Mei will continue to feature some of Hawai‘i’s best including Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning artists and Lifetime Acheivement Award honorees.  This month-long celebration culminates with the annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Ceremony. 

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival

The Festival will close out a month-long series of events dubbed Mele Mei, HARA members, nonprofits and other organizations will hold their events throughout Hawai‘i during the month.  To advance Mele Mei and the Nā Hōkū Music Festival HARA has partnered with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) and others including Kintetsu International Hawai‘i Company, who will actively promote these events in Japan.

 

Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in contributing to this event’s success, please contact Bryson Ramos at the HARA office (808) 593-9424.  The planning has already started so if you can help, please call today.  We look forward to your joining the effort in supporting your Academy and growing Hawai‘i’s music and recording industry.  Please visit the festival website for more details.

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Awards

 

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards trace their origins to 1978 and KCCN-AM Radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station.

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards trace their origins to 1978 and KCCN-AM Radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station.

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards trace their origins to 1978 and KCCN-AM Radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station.

Conceived as a radio station promotion by Krash Kealoha (Victor ‘Ōpiopio), legendary deejay, program director and driving creative force behind KCCN-AM, in Nā Hōkū Hanohano (The Stars of Distinction), Kealoha envisioned a formal recognition and celebration of recorded musical excellence in Hawai‘i—so long ignored by mainland awards programs.

 

Kealoha—with the support of KCCN owner Sydney Grayson and Kealoha’s original deejay team including Kimo Kaho‘āno and Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti—launched the first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards presentation in 1978.

 

As no organized “academy of artists” yet existed among Hawaii ’s musicians—the role HARA would come to play —the earliest awards were determined by public vote.

 

By 1982, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards evolved into an industry awards ceremony administered by recording professionals. The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts was patterned after the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (also referred to as NARAS or the Recording Academy), which produces the Grammy Awards. Each year the Hawai‘i Academy produces a live television broadcast of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards honoring the achievements of excellence in the recording arts. It has become the biggest annual entertainment event in Hawai‘i. Commercially available recordings created, produced, and/or engineered and primarily distributed in Hawai‘i are accepted for nomination.

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