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