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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Island listeners have voted

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

Daniel Ho

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Four-pronged celebration by the Music Foundation of Hawai'i


  • 6-8 p.m. March 15

  • Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten St.

  • $15 general; $5 nominees; aloha wear

  • Open to 150 nominees; social hour with pupu buffet


  • 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner March 16

  • Waikiki Lau Yee Chai, fifth floor, 2250 Kalakaua Ave.

  • $75; black tie


  • March 17

  • Paradise Cove, Ko Olina

  • 3:50 p.m. pickup in Waikiki, 10 p.m. drop-off

  • $66.50 general; $48.50 for kama'aina with ID


  • 3:30 p.m. no-host cocktails, 4-6:30 p.m. awards dinner March 18

  • Tropics Showroom, Hilton Hawaiian Village

  • $75; aloha wear

    Information, reservations for all events: 271-5853, www.hawaiimusicawards.com

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    Keali'i Reichel will receive a Hawai'i Music Award on March 18 in the Anthology category for his album "Kamahiwa."


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    Keali'i Reichel, Jake Shimabukuro, George Kahumoku Jr., Daniel Ho and Jasmine Trias are among the winners in the ninth Hawai'i Music Awards, announced yesterday on the Music Foundation of Hawai'i's Web site.

    Based on online voting, the winners will be honored at an awards banquet March 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tropics Showroom. The awards event, which raises money to support music education via scholarships for youths, is one of four major events in 2006.

    Reichel was cited for best anthology, Shimabukuro for rock album, Kahumoku and Ho for inspirational/gospel album, and Trias for pop album.

    This year's competition included 32 categories covering a gamut of categories, from jazz to Hawaiian, from slack key to Island contemporary. Johnny Kai, who founded the awards, said 47,000 visited the Web site to cast 10,000 votes from dozens of nations from around the world.

    The complete list of winners:

  • Adult Contemporary "Back to Hawai'i," Stuart Nakai

  • Anthology "Kamahiwa," Keali'i Reichel

  • Blues "Live at the Stopwatch," Chance and the Blues Daddies

  • Children's music "Surf, Sand & Song," Keiki O Waimanalo

  • Classical "Fantasies," Grace Nikae

  • Compilation "Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest Winners, Volume 6," various artists

  • Contemporary Hawaiian "My Island Paradise," Manny Fernandez

  • Country "My 9th Island Paniolo Ranch," Danny Estocado

  • DVD "They Call Her Lady Fingers: Betty Loo Taylor," Sam Polson & Patricia Gillespie

  • Film Score "Ho'okipa," Ho'okipa

  • Folk "All The Things I Said," Ray Bumatai

  • Hip Hop "The Greatest HI," Krystiles featuring Floers

  • Inspirational/Gospel "Hymns of Hawai'i, Volume 2," George Kahumoku Jr. & Daniel Ho

  • Instrumental "Aloha From Hawai'i," Greg and Junko MacDonald

  • International Hawaiian "The Island of Angels," Anella

  • Island Contemporary "UnCut," Inoa'ole

  • Jazz "Bass Etude," Nathan Aweau

  • New Age "Rainforest Piano and Harp," Keith Scott & Amy Heindl

  • Polynesian "Mama," Mt. Vaea Band

  • Pop "Jasmine Trias," Jasmine Trias

  • Punk/Ska "Scary Beast," WMF

  • R&B "Tha3LOGY," Aziel

  • Rap "My Life," J-Bird

  • Reggae "Ekolu Music," Ekolu

  • Rock "Dragon," Jake Shimabukuro

  • Seasonal "An Old Fashioned Christmas," Opihi Pickers & Friends

  • Single "Lu'au Cha Cha Cha," Sonya Mendez

  • Slack Key Guitar "Kiho'alu," Ledward Ka'apana

  • Steel Guitar "Jerry Byrd: Master of the Steel Guitar," Jerry Byrd

  • Traditional Hawaiian "He 'Olu," Holunape

  • 'Ukulele "Hear," Brittni Paiva

  • World Music "Mutambo!" Mabanzi Marimba

    Reach Wayne Harada at wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com.