Hawaii's best musical performers honored at 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Mike Kaawa
Mike Kaawa
Pali Kaaihue
Pali Kaaihue
Natalie Ai Kamauu
Natalie Ai Kamauu
Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole
Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Winners were announced in the 32nd annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Tuesday night. The Hoku awards honor outstanding achievements in the music recording industry in Hawaii.

Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa captured the Favorite Entertainer of the Year award for "Force of Nature". 2009 is the first year that fans voted online for their favorite performers in this category.

Entrepreneur and musician Pali Kaaihue won Song of the Year for "Island Days" as his group Pali won Album of the Year and Island Music Album of the year for "...with Aloha".

Natalie Ai Kamauu won female vocalist of the year. She held up her Hoku and said "I dedicate this to my daddy". Natalie and her father Howard K. Ai received separate nominations for entertainer of the year. Howard told KHNL "I'm really hoping she wins it instead of myself."

Male Vocalist of the Year went to Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole who joined his mother and grandmother on stage to accept the award. He also won a Hoku for Hawaiian Language Performance.

Holunape won Hokus for Group of the Year and Hawaiian Album of the Year.

Other 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano award winners included:

Most Promising Artist: Kûpaoa

Contemporary Album of the Year "Aumakua"  Amy Hanaialii

Hip Hop / R&B Album of the Year  "Reborn" A Touch of Gold

Instrumental Album of the Year Haleakalâ - Jeff Peterson & Riley Lee

Jazz Album of the Year "Tropic Rhapsody" Teresa Bright

Reggae Album of the Year "Nothing to Hide" Rebel Souljahs

Religious Album of the Year "All for One" Del Beazley

Rock Album of the Year "Many Classics, Kalapana Plays Their Best" Kalapana

Slack Key Album of the Year "Hawaii Island.. Is My Home" John Keawe