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Maui shines at 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Maui represented well at the 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards last night at the Hawaii Convention Center. The big winner of the night was Keali’I Reichel winning in eight categories with his latest album “Kawaiokalena”. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Reichel’s personal wins included male vocalist of the year for the fifth time, favorite entertainer for the fourth time and album of the year with double wins as artist and producer for the fourth time, and favorite entertainer, the only award category determined by public vote, also for the fourth time.

The short list of other Maui artist that won Hokus included Na Hoa for EP of the Year with ““Cha-Lang-A-Lang Christmas,” and Contemporary Album “Reunion” by Amy and Willie K.

2015 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD WINNERS

Female Vocalist

Mailani, “A Lot Like Love” (Ha)

Instrumental Composition (composer’s award)

“1,000 Crystals,” by Pali Ka‘aihue from “1,000 Crystals,” Pali Ka‘aihue (PK)

Male Vocalist

Keali‘i Reichel, “Kawaiokalena” (Punahele)

Group of the Year

Hu‘ewa, “Hu‘ewa” (Ha)

Most Promising Artist(s)

Hu‘ewa, “Hu‘ewa” (Ha)

Single of the Year (physical CD or digital)

“‘Ohai Ali‘i Kaluhea,” Kuana Torres Kahele (KTK)

EP (“Extended Play”) of the Year (must have between three and eight songs and less than 30 minutes of total playing time)

“Cha-Lang-A-Lang Christmas,” Na Hoa (Na Hoa)

Album of the Year — awarded to artist(s) and producer(s)

“Kawaiokalena,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele); Keali‘i Reichel, Fred Krauss, Jim Linkner, Shawn Pimental and Michael Grande, producers

Song of the Year (composer’s award)

“Kawaiokalena,” by Keali‘i Reichel from “Kawaiokalena,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele)

Contemporary Album

“Reunion,” Amy & Willie K (Island Soul)

Island Music Album

“Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha,” Kawika Kahiapo (Pono)

Rock Album

“Live Duke’s on Sunday 2,” Henry Kapono (Kapono)

Hawaiian Music Album

“Kawaiokalena,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele)

Jazz Album

“Good Thing,” Maggie Herron (no label)

Instrumental Album

“Jus’ Cruzin’,” Ledward Kaapana (Jus’ Press)

Alternative Album

“Kalakaua Avenue,” Streetlight Cadence (Streetlight Cadence)

Christmas Album

“Endless Christmas,” Ginai (Black Hawaiian)

Slack Key Album

“Ho‘omaluhia,” Kawika Kahiapo (Pono)

Reggae Album

“Paradise,” Kolohe Kai (RKD)

Religious Album

“Victorious,” New Hope Oahu (Dream Worship)

R&B Album

“Waking Up,” Maryanne Ito (InTribal Scribings)

Compilation Album of the Year — awarded to Hawaii resident producer(s)

“Island Style Ukulele 2,” various artists (Neos); Bob and Pati St. John, producers

Favorite Entertainer (determined by public vote)

Keali‘i Reichel

Graphics — awarded to Hawaii resident designer(s)

Wailani Artates, for “Olanui,” by Sean Robbins (Sean Robbins)

Liner Notes — awarded to Hawaii resident annotator(s)

Neil J. Hannahs, for “E Mau Ke Aloha” by Waipuna (Poki)

Haku Mele — awarded to composer(s) of first-time recorded Hawaiian language song

“Kawaiokalena,” by Keali‘i Reichel from “Kawaiokalena,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele)

Hawaiian Language Performance Award — awarded to artist

Keali‘i Reichel, “Kawaiokalena” (Punahele)

Engineering Awards — awarded to Hawaii resident engineer(s)

Hawaiian Genre

Michael Grande, Jim Linkner and Shawn Pimental, for “Kawaiokalena,” Keali‘i Reichel (Punahele)

Non-Hawaiian

Michael Grande, for “They Come and They Go,” Reggie Padilla (Pass Out)

International Album — (non-U.S. artists only)

“Kepani,” Kentaro Tsushima (School Bus)

Ki Ho‘alu Foundation Legacy Award 

Bobby Moderow Jr.

Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award 

Melveen Leed

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