(KHNL) - Slack Key guitar, Hawaiian mele, and island rhythms are just some of the musical genres to be performed at The 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. A diverse lineup of inspiring musicians will take the stage Tuesday, June 9th at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel uniting past Na Hoku Hanohano winners with present nominees.
The new performers to be unveiled for next Tuesday's show are Ten Feet and Imua Garza; Del Beazley and Manoa Voices. Performers already announced were former Hawaii Calls performers Nina Keali'iwahamana, Iwalani Kahalewai, Joe Recca, Jeff Au Hoy, Gary Aiko, Ha‘a Heyer, Boyce Rodrigues, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Iolani Kamauu and Jeff Rassmussen. The Hawaii Calls radio program ran from 1935 - 1975, and brought Hawaiian music to audiences worldwide. Also performing is Teresa Bright, Kit Ebersbach, and Stephen Jones; Holunape and Diana Aki; Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, and Amy Hanaiali'i; Rebel Soljaz and Sean Na'auao, Tony Conjugacion with Manoa DNA; Kupaoa and Darren Benitez; and Slack Key Kings with Pali Ka‘aihue and Kalei Gamiao. The show will be carried live on KFVE.
Sponsored by Kintetsu International Hawaii Company, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines, Heineken, Visionary Related Entertainment Hawaii (VRE), Barefoot Wines, Cox Radio, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, LavaNet, Doko Ga TV: Japan Mania, ‘Aha Punana Leo, MELE Program at Honolulu Community College, Na Hiwahiwa Concert Series, The 32nd Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is being held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawai‘i Ballrooms.
Tickets are available for purchase for $125.00 and $200.00, with other sponsorship levels available. For reservations or more information contact The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) office at (808) 593-9424 or visit www.nahokuhanohano.org
Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts members will vote in 24 categories, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year. A panel of Hawaiian music and language specialists will select the final nominees and winners for the Haku Mele and Hawaiian Language Performance awards.
A complete list of the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards nominees is available for viewing at www.nahokuhanohano.org