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Hale Pai
Pacific American News Journal

Mei-May 1996 Volume 2 Issue 5

Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominees

May 15,1996 at The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel For The Awards Ceremony

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Darlene Ahuna, "Ulana Ke Aloha" (Hula Records)
Teresa Bright, "A Bright Hawaiian Christmas" (Manu Records)
Ilona Irvine, "Sweet Memory" (Rose Records)
Robi Kahakalau, "Sistah Robi" (Kanai'a Records)
Neolani Mahoe, "Eia Au 'O Noelani" (Tradewinds)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Darren Benitez, "Broken Hearts" (Fat Katz)
Uluwehi Guerrero, "Ka Manawa Pono" (Punahele Records)
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "E Ala E" (Big Boy Records)
Dennis Pavao, "Wale No" (Pilialoha Productions)

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Brothers Cazimero, "Proud to be Me" (Mountain Apple Company)
Hawaiian Style Band, "'Ohana" (Top Flight Records)
Kanilau, "Ka Lihi Kai 'O Ka'ena" (Nani Lawai Records)
Kapena, "All Access" (KDE Records)
Na Leo Pilimehana, "Flying With Angels" (Na Leo Pilimehana)

MOST PROMISING ARTIST(S)

Darren Benitez, "Broken Hearts" (Fat Katz)
'Elua Kane, "'Elua Kane" (Pua Records)
Uluwehi Guerrero, "Ka Manawa Pono" (Punahele Records)
Herb Ohta, Jr., "Leinani" from "Ukulele Stylings #1" (Pa'ani Records)
Palolo, "Palolo" (Roy Sakuma Productions, Inc.)

CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"A Bright Hawaiian Christmas", Teresa Bright (Manu Records)
"Coming Home for Christmas", Randy, Gay & Andrew Hongo (Christian Vision)
"Holidays", Hapa (Coconut Grove Recording Company)
"Island Style Christmas", Various Artists (Bladerunner Records of HI)
"Joy to the World", Honolulu Madrigal Quartet (Island Jam Records)

RELIGIOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Acapella - In Times Like These", Revival (Revival Records)
"Grace", Alex McAngus (Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy)
"One God", Kumulani Praise Band (Kumulani Music)
"People With New Hope", People With New Hope (New Hope Christian)
"Trust in Love", Stephen Anthony Laudise (Trust Records)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

"Brown Eyed Girl/Paradise", Glenn Medeiros (Amherst)
"Friend in Me", Brothers and Sisters (Kahale Music, Inc.)
"Love Song of Kalua", Rocky Brown (Discos Tropical)
"Travel My Love/Dancing in the Moonlight", Henry Kapono (River North Records)
"You've Got a Friend", Kawika Crowley (CoCo Records)

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Broken Hearts", by Darren Benitez
"E Ala E", by Leo Anderson Akana
"Flying With Angels", by Lehua Kalima
"Lei Hali'a", by Puakea Nogelmeier
"Proud to Be", by Robert and Roland Cazimero

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Broken Hearts", Darren Benitez (Fat Katz), Sean Na'auao, Producer
"E Ala E", Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Big Boy Records), Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Jon De Mello, Producers
"Flying With Angels", Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana), Na Leo Pilimehana, Producers
"Le Hali'a", Keali'i Reichel (Punahele Records), Keali'i Reichel, Fred Krauss and Jim Linkner, Producers
"Sistah Robi", Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a Records), Diane Ho, I'inimaikalani Kahakalau, Robi Kahakalau and Fiji, Producers

ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR

"Backbone", Peter Moon Band (Kanikapila Records), Kanikapila Records, Producer
"Black & White", Mackey Feary (MGC Records), Mackey Feary, Producer
"E Himeni Hou", Pandanus Club (Hala Records), Kenneth Makuakane, Producer
"Ke Ho'omana'o Nei", Mana'o Company (Kaniu Records), Kaniu Records, Producer
"Vintage Hawaiian Treasures Vol 9, Aloha Hula Hawaiian Style", Al Kealoha Perry & His Singing Surfriders (Hana Ola), Harry B. Soria, Jr., Producer

POPULAR HAWAIIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"E Ala E", Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Big Boy Records)
"Lei Hali'a", Keali'i Reichel (Punahele Records)
"Martin Pahinui", Martin Pahinui (Mountain Apple Company)
"Pekelo's Hana Jam", Pekelo (Hulali Records)
"Proud to Be", Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple Company)

ISLAND CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Broken Hearts", Darren Benitez (Fat Katz)
"'Ohana", Hawaiian Style Band (Top Flight Records)
"Palolo", Palolo (Roy Sakuma Productions, Inc.)
"Sistah Robi", Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a Records)
"Wale No", Dennis Pavao (Pilialoha Productions)

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Flying With Angels", Na Leo Pilimehana (Na Leo Pilimehana)
"Service to the King", Tropical Knights (KDE Records)
"Spirit Dancer", Henry Kapono (River North Records)
"Sweet Memory", Ilona Irvine (Rose Records)
"Words Just Don't Come Easy", Jesse Rivera (Fire Records)

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Chotto Matte Kudasai", Ohta-San (M & H Hawai'i)
"Hawaiian Touch", Barney Isaacs and George Kuo (Dancing Cat Records)
"Ho'i Hou", Peter Moon (Kanikapila Records)
"Kani Ki Ho'alu", Ozzie Kotani (Dancing Cat Records)
"Moe 'Uhane Kika (Tales From the Dream Guitar)", Keola Beamer (Dancing Cat Records)
"Ukulele Stylings #1", Various Artists (Pa'ani Records)

COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Augie Style", Augie Tulba (Tropical Jam Productions)
"Babooze!", Frank De Lima (Pocholinga Productions)
"False Crack???", Bu La'ia (Pig Poi Records)

GRAPHICS

Jon De Mello for "Proud to Be"
Rob Hawes for "Lei Hali'a"
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Jon de Mello for "E Ala E"
Nelson Makua for "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters, Instrumental Collection", Various Artists (Dancing Cat Records)
Tery Nii Design for "Songs of Lili'uokalani", Galliard String Quartet (Wa Nui Records)

ENGINEERING

Milan Bertosa for "Ka Lihi Kai O Ka'ena", Kanilau (Nani Lawai Records)
Milan Bertosa, Michael Grande, Dave Knight and Dave Tucciarone for "Sistah Robi", Robi Kahakalau (Kanai'a Records)
Milan Bertosa and Dave Tucciarone for "'Ohana", Hawaiian Style Band (Top Flight Records)
Gaylord Holomalia, Jim Shaffer and Miland Bertosa for "World's Got to Choose", Del Beazley (Poki Records)
Jim Linkner for "Lei Hali'a", Keali'i Reichel (Punahele Records)

LINER NOTES

John Keoni Fujitani for "Slack Key Traditions Vol II", Various Artists (Liko Records)
Ellen Pelissero for "Ho'ala Hou", Various Artists (Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center)
Skylark Rossetti-Ota for "Ulana Ke Aloha", Darlene Ahuna (Hula Records)
Harry B. Soria, Jr., for "Vintage Hawaiian Treasures, Vol. 9, Aloha Hula Hawaiian Style", Various Artists (Hana Ola Records)

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