WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui-based program that provides students with an opportunity to study under award-winning musicians has been nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
The Maui News reports that the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui College has been recognized for its CD, "Aloha 'Ia No 'O Maui." The collection of songs has been nominated for Compilation Album of the Year and Hawaiian Language Performance.
"Aloha 'Ia No 'O Maui" is the institute's second CD and features 16 students singing, mostly in Hawaiian, and playing different instruments.
Faculty coordinator Keola Donaghy says most of the songs are about Maui or written by performers from the island.
The two-year music program launched in 2012 and was founded by former music department head Robert Wehrman.