"Ukulele Darling" Nominated for Two Hoku Awards

(KHNL) - The young woman known as the "Ukulele Darling" and the "Slack Key Super Girl" is here to play for us. Brittni Paiva is just 18 years old, but she's already an award-winning superstar. And she's up for another two Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Brittni joins us in the studio, all the way from Hilo.

ANGELA:  Good Morning.

BRITTNI:  Good morning.

ANGELA:  It's been an early morning for you but we appreciate you coming in.  Congratulations on your Hoku nomination.

BRITTNI: Thank you.

ANGELA:  How do you feel about this?

BRITTNI: It's really exciting, it's definitely a surprise.

ANGELA:  Two years ago, you won the award for the "Most Promising Artist." Now you're nominated for "Album of the Year" and "Instrumental Album of the Year."  These are just a few of your special first, correct?

BRITTNI:  I really take it to heart.  It's just an honor to be nominated.

ANGELA:  You play the ukulele, guitar, bass, piano, you compose and arrange music, is that right?

BRITTNI:  Yeah, actually I started learning drums, too in December.

ANGELA:  Well, you can be a one woman show (laughs).  Now you're working on a master's certificate program from Berklee College of Music. How do you find the time to do that?

BRITTNI:  It's definitely a challenge to find time but if you find the time instead of going out and fooling around, spending your time learning about music.  It's kind of hard to find time now but I get it in there.

ANGELA: Keeping busy, no time to get into trouble, right? (laughs) How young were you, Brittni, when you started playing the ukulele?

BRITTNI:  I think I started playing the ukulele when I was 11 and guitar when I was 14.

ANGELA:  Tell me a little bit about your cultural background.

BRITTNI: I'm Hawaiian, Danish, Japanese and Portuguese and I think music was in my family.  I think if people practiced, they would have gotten somewhere but it's definitely a big influence in my family.

ANGELA: You are taking it a step further.

BRITTNI:  (laughs) yeah.

ANGELA: You already have three solo releases album, what is next for you?

BRITTNI:  Hopefully another CD, probably beginning of next year.

ANGELA: The 30th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are Wednesday night at the Hawaii Convention Center. The gala event, including dinner, starts at five o'clock. Our sister station, K5, will broadcast the awards beginning at 7:30 pm. The awards are open to the public, and tickets are still available.  Brittni, take it away!