Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor Hawaii musicians

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(Image: Hawaii News Now)
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From Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Tickets are now available for this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards presented by the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). The event tunes up on Saturday, April 30, at the Ala Moana Hotel's Hibiscus Ballroom and will feature a lunch buffet, silent auction and awards show celebrating artists who have made major contributions to Hawai'i's iconic music scene.

"We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate these individuals and all that they have achieved and contributed to help bring Hawaiian music to the forefront throughout the islands as well as around the world," said Pali Ka'aihue, Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts president. "This year's group of individuals continues to turn up the volume on Hawaiian music and we are so proud to come together to honor them."

This year's Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA) recipients include Jon de Mello founder of the Mountain Apple Company, vocal coaches Neva Rego and Betty Grierson, respected guitarist Hiram Olsen, Roy Sakuma founder of the Ukulele Festival, and celebrated entertainer Elaine Ako Spencer. The Lifetime Achievement Awards were originally named the Sidney Grayson Award in honor of the owner of KCCN, the radio station that created the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The first Sidney Grayson Award was presented in 1978.

Additionally, the ceremony will also recognize recipients of HARA's newly created Lifetime Achievement Legacy Recognition. This year's honorees include "Hawai'i's Grandfather of Percussion," Augie Colon, Hawai'i's falsetto great, Joe Keawe and "The Hula Cop," Sterling Mossman. The Lifetime Achievement Legacy Recognition was created by the HARA Board of Governors to honor recording artists and other members of the Hawaii music industry posthumously.

Hawaiian hula and music prodigy Kimo Keaulana and Lei Hulu are scheduled to perform at this year's event. Tickets for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards show are $75 and can be purchased online at