Hoku Awards honors Hawaii's music stars

Hoku Zuttermeister
Hoku Zuttermeister

By Walter Makaula - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The islands most glamorous awards ceremony ushered in a new era of Hawaiian music.

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts honored the best in the industry Monday night at the 31st Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The celebration brought out all of Hawaii's music stars, but none would shine brighter than the artist who's name appears on every single award.

Hoku Zuttermeister walked away with five awards for the night which include Hawaiian Album of the year for "Aina Kupuna," Best Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising Artist, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Favorite Entertainer of the Year.

The award for Female Vocalist of the Year went to Napua Greig, and group of the year went to Maunalua for Ho'o Kanaka.

Some of the other memorable moments included the opihi pickers last performance together, and the acceptance speech for jazz album of the year winners Betty Lou Taylor and Joy Abbott with "For All We Know."

The two former high school classmates waited more than 60 years for this award, and they had advice for those waiting in the wings.

"Hang in there people," said Taylor. "There's hope for you too!"