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Na Hoku Awards a family affair

Howard Ai Howard Ai
Olana Ai Olana Ai
Natalie Ai Kamauu Natalie Ai Kamauu
Natalie won big at the 2006 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Natalie won big at the 2006 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL)- The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards brings pillars of Hawaiian music, past, present and the future together to recognize achievements of recording artists throughout the islands.

The event recognizes the best of the best, including traditions like an Aiea family.

For the Ai family sitting around this dinner table is more than a physical act, it's something special.

"This table's been in our family for at least 35-years," said Hoku Award Nominee Howard Ai.

"Our children began singing in the cradle," said Hoku Award Nominee Olana Ai.

"We all began here and we've all grown," said Hoku Award Nominee Natalie Ai Kamauu.

"We eat around it, we sing around it, we practice we talk," said Howard Ai.

It's where traditional hawaiian music with a twist happens. Father Howard, mother Olana, and daughter Natalie, the 2006 Na Hoku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year. All three are nominated for 2009 awards. Natalie and Howard will go head to head for entertainer of the year.

"I'm really hoping that she wins it, instead of myself, she needs it more than me," said Howard Ai.

Trophies would be nice, but music and tradition will always be the Ai's most important accolade.

"Your award sits alone, it gather's dust, it may fall and break. But what you have is what you've learned," said Natalie Ai Kamauu.

"The music is so important, it always has been, I respect it," said Olana Ai.

Natalie's been nominated before, but this is the first recognition for her mom and dad. But, the stage will always take second, to this special place where music and most importantly memories are made.

"It's nice to come with a prize but I get to come home, back to this table," said Natalie Ai Kamauu.

A thousand people expected at the ceremony, but you can watch it from home. The event will be televised live on K-5 the Home Team, and online at www.k5thehometeam.dom starting at 7:30 pm.

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