WAILANI ARTATES, for “OLANUI” by Sean Robbins
Maui native wins Hoku Award for graphic design
hen people think of winning a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award he or she always think of the artist, but The Hoku’s also recognize people that are behind the scenes of making a great record. Along with artist awards, the Hoku’s have technical categories for the artists’ albums, these categories include: song writers, liner notes writers, graphic arts designers and recording studio engineers. This year’s 38th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for graphics went to Maui’s very own: Wailani Artates. The graphics award recognizes Artates for designing the album cover “Olanui,” by Sean Robbins. This is her second Nā Hōkū Hanohano award, the first received in 2011 for the album cover “Mohalu,” by Napua Greig. According to Artates, she acquires much of her creative inspiration from “all things Maui.” To this we say, thank you for representing Maui with innovative artistry, a humble spirit, and pride!
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