HONOLULU, HI (May 19, 2018) – That's a wrap! Tonight, the 41st Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards handed out awards to the state's top musicians, songwriters, composers, and producers in 36 categories -- including 34 general and two honorary awards. More than 1,500 guests attended the sold out event, posing on the red carpet and enjoying unforgettable performances by icons in the island music scene including Jack Johnson, Ekolu, Josh Tatofi, Kapena, Keauhou, Mailani, and more.
"Over 41 years the Na Hoku Hanohano Award show has evolved into a momentous evening for Hawai'i. We are honored to continue to help showcase Hawai'i's talented entertainers while perpetuating the culture of our beautiful aloha state," said Pali Ka'aihue, president of the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts. "All of those celebrated here tonight are ambassadors of aloha and this is reflected in the beautiful music they share."
Among this year's recipients, Keauhou took home four awards for their album I Ke Ko A Ke Au. Kapena, celebrated their first family album, Palena 'Ole, taking home four awards.
HAWAIIAN ENGINEERING AWARD: Dave Tucciarone, for Makawalu, Napua (Pihana Productions)
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Colors, Hook (Fukuhara Naoki)
The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is one of Mele Mei's 2018 signature events. Mele Mei, which translates to "May Hawaiian Music Month," features a number of musical performances throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The celebration provides both residents and visitors from around the world a chance to immerse themselves in the islands' local music and culture. This year's schedule of performances will take place at various hotels and venues statewide and feature entertainment from 'ukulele and steel guitar to traditional Hawaiian music and hula.
Mele Mei 2018 is sponsored by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and Hawai'i Academy of Recording Art (HARA). An up-to-date schedule of this year's events can be found online at www.melemei.com under the "events" tab.
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About Mele Mei
Featuring a multitude of performances throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Mele Mei provides both residents and visitors from around the world a chance to immerse themselves in the islands' local music and culture. The annual event features an impressive schedule of artists and industry icons at various hotels and venues statewide with entertainment from 'ukulele and steel guitar to traditional Hawaiian music and hula. For more information on Mele Mei please visit www.melemei.com.