Hawaiian music Grammy announced

LOS ANGELES (HawaiiNewsNow) - The award for best Hawaiian music album was announced before the televised show Sunday.

Among five deserving nominees, Tia Carrere won for her album, "Huana Ke Aloha".

She gave much of the credit to her longtime friend, and producer, Daniel Ho.

The two talked to Teri Okita just moments after the big win.

"Here with my childhood friend, we're at the Grammys and we won a Grammy!", said Carrere.

"When we were 14 years old we played in the St. Louis High School jazz band. We performed together at the Cannon Club and she'd sing jazz songs like "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "I Have a Crush On You" and from there, being here", said Ho.

"And at the Waikiki Shell and Brown Bags to Stardom!", said Carrere.

"You've come a long way babies!", said Teri Okita.

Teri also caught up with nominee Amy Hanaiali'i, who says she was just happy to be at the Grammys promoting Hawaiian music.

"Hawaiian music is changing and evolving every year, and with the uncles who paved the way before us for so many years, even they're changing and evolving with us, you know, so it's exciting", said Hanaiali'i.

"What do you want to say to the people back home?", said Okita.

"aloha!", added Hanaiali'i.

Other Hawaiian music nominees included Jeff Peterson, Daniel Ho, and Ledward Ka'apana.