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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hawaii Music Award winners announced

 •  Winners of the competition's 29 categories

Advertiser Staff

Music fans with an Internet connection have spoken. Winners of the 8th Annual Hawaii Music Awards were announced yesterday by the Music Foundation of Hawai'i.

Winners included Na Palapalai, Ekolu, Fiji and Jake Shimabukuro. No one artist won more than one prize in the competition's 29 categories.

Voting was open to the general public on the foundation's Web site, www.hawaiimusicawards.com, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 21, 2005. The site recorded more than 593,000 hits during the voting period.

Only artists submitting their work for nomination in award categories were included on the online voting form.

"Our awards are the only ones for Hawai'i music open to worldwide vote via the Web. The majority of our voters are from out of state. ... (and) artists can enter their music into the nomination process free of charge," said Johnny Kai, awards program founder.

Winners will be able to claim their awards at an April 3 ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tapa Ballroom. Dinner seating is $60 per person; seating only for the awards program is $25. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., the awards program at 5:45 p.m.

The ceremony is a benefit for the foundation's music scholarship programs. The Music Foundation of Hawai'i is a nonprofit supporting music education in Hawai'i schools.

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Winners of the competition's 29 categories

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: "Simple as a Sunrise," Daniel Ho

Anthology Album of the Year: "The Very Best of Justin," Justin

Children's Music Album of the Year: "The Story of Hula" — Noelani K. Mahoe and Allison Chu

Classical Album of the Year: "Mozartime," Lisa Nakamichi

Comedy Album of the Year: "Tita Out!," Kathy Collins

Compilation Album of the Year: "Aloha Joe's A Place Called Hawai'i 3," various artists

Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year: "In Harmony," Pali

DVD of the Year: "All in the 'Ohana," Andy Bumatai

Folk Album of the Year: "Vito Truglio," Vito Truglio

Hip-hop Album of the Year: "Futuristo — The New Born Experiment," Kaleo Futuristo

Inspirational Album of the Year: "A Few More Drops," Wendell Warrington

Island Contemporary Album of the Year: "Back to the Valley," Ekolu

Jazz Album of the Year: "Timeless," Greg and Junko MacDonald

New Age Album of the Year: "Moe'uhane," El Lopez

Paniolo Album of the Year: "Paniolo Ghostriders," Bradda Francis

Polynesian Album of the Year: "Vaihitian," Vaihi

Pop Album of the Year: "Aloha Miles Away," Scott Katsura

Punk/Ska Album of the Year: "God, the Devil, and the World," Battle Royale

Rhythm & Blues Album of the Year: "JROQ vs. Dr. Trey," JROQ

Rap Album of the Year: "Creationism" (single), Gefilthy

Reggae Album of the Year: "Independence Day," Fiji

Rock Album of the Year: "Under a Native Moon," SugahDaddy 'ehawaiianrockband

Seasonal Album of the Year: "Hawaiian Style Christmas," various artists

Single of the Year: "Come And Join Us," James Ingram

Slack Key Album of the Year: "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Volume 1," various artists

Steel Guitar Album of the Year: "Hawaiian Steel, Vol. 3: Byrd's Nest," Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen, Greg Sardinha, Paul Kim

Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year: "Ke 'Ala Beauty," Na Palapalai

'Ukulele Album of the Year: "Walking Down Rainhill," Jake Shimabukuro

World Music Album of the Year: "Special Moments with Emile Simon," Pierre Grill & L'Escargot