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Posted at 1:56 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominees announced

By Advertiser staff

The nominees for the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts' 2009 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards were announced this afternoon. Included in the 26 categories is a new category added this year for best slack key album.

The Brothers Cazimero and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole lead the pack with five nominations each. The duo and the soloist go head to head for the titles of best album and best Hawaiian album.

Amy Hanaialii and Holunape are each nominated for four awards.

Members of the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts will vote in 20 of the 26 categories to determine the winners. A panel of Hawaiian music and language specialists will select the winners in the Haku mele and Hawaiian language performance categories, and the public may vote for its "Favorite Entertainer of the Year" by logging onto www.nahokuhanohano.org

The ceremony for the 32nd annual Na Hoku awards will be held Tuesday, June 9 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Tickets to the event are now on sale for $125 and $200, and may be purchased by phone at 593-9424 or online at www.nahokuhanohano.org.

A complete list of the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards:

MOST PROMISING ARTIST

Anita Hall - Send Love

Hapa Folk - Good Fun

Kupoa - Pili O Ke Ao

Manoa Voices - A University Hawaiian Combo

Dave Tucciarone - Time

ANTHOLOGY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

50th Greatest Songs of Hawai'i - Various

Best of Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest Winners - Various

Kamalei: Keali'i Reichel Collection-Two - Keali'i Reichel

Keys of Love - Kapena

Unforgettable - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and the Makaha Sons

CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Aloha Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Christmas - Maui Jam

Christmas Aloha - Various

E Ola Ke Ali'i: The Nā Kama Christmas Collection Vol. 1 - Nā Kama

Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas - Jim "Kimo" West

Kohala Christmas - Kohala

Winds and Colors of Christmas - Ilima Rivera

COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Master Series Vol. II - Various

Hawaiian Style 5 - Various

Live at 'Iolani School Fair Vol. 1 - Various

Love, Love, Love - Various

Pink CD - Various

MUSIC VIDEO DVD OF THE YEAR

Guava Jelly - Camille Velasco

Kamehameha Schools 2008 Song Contest - Kamehameha Schools

Like Ocean, Like Lace - Cheryl Bartlett

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Acoustic Beauty - Tahiti Rey

Another Rainbow - Jeff Rasmussen

'Aumakua - Amy Hanaiali'i

Everyday - Ten Feet

Full Circle - Titus Kinimaka

Dave Tucciarone - Time

HAWAIIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Ahea? Ano! - Holunape

Destiny - Brothers Cazimero

Kaumakaiwa - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Pili O Ke Ao - Kupoa

Yesterday and Today - Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i

HIP HOP / R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alive and Well - King Kekai

Connie - Connie Kruz

Hawai'i and Beyond - Ryan Hiraoka

Planet Earth - Nigel Kauanui

Reborn - A Touch of Gold

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Contemporary Ukulele Instrumentals - Kalei Gamioa

From the Heart - Noly Paa

Haleakala - Jeff Peterson & Riley Lee

Kohala Live - Kohala

Spotlight - Ohta-san

ISLAND MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

'Aina - Peter Apo

Dear Mama - Darren Benitez

Force of Nature - Ledward Kaapana & Mike Kaawa

The White Bathtub - Ken Makuakane

...With Aloha - PALI

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Aloha Monday - Aaron Kaleo

Hawaiian Jazz - Stephen Jones & Bryan Kessler

Live at the Dragon Upstairs - Ginai & Pierre

Tropic Rhapsody - Teresa Bright

The Very Thought of You - Shea Argel

REGGAE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Bond that Binds - Kawao

Free Again - Kontiki

Itʻs About Time - Dani Girl

Nothing to Hide - Rebel Souljahs

Weʻre Coming - Pohaku

RELIGIOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

All for One - Del Beazley

Heaven In Your Heart - Debra Lynn

My Generation - SRM Worship

Psalms for Healing - Wesley Taira

Send Love - Anita Hall

Tiffa - Tiffa Garza

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Admit One - Pimpbot

Imua - Imua Garza

Light You Up - Kristofer David Gray

Many Classics, Kalapana Plays Their Best -Kalapana

A Sense of Urgency - Upstanding Youth

SLACK KEY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hanalei Tradition - Doug & Sandy McMaster

Hawaii Island.. Is My Home - John Keawe

Kaowahi - Ben P. Kaili Jr.

Paradise on the Ocean - Doug Fitch

Somewhere - Danny Carvalho

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Diana Aki - Kalihi

Teresa Bright - Tropic Rhapsody

Amy Hanaiali'i - 'Aumakua

Natalie Ai Kamauu - 'Ī

Ku'uipo Kumukahi - Letʻs Hula

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Brothers Cazimero - Destiny

Holunape Ahea? 'Ano!

Led Kapaana & Mike Kaawa - Force of Nature

Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i - Yesterday & Today

PALI - ...with Aloha

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Howard K. Ai - Kaleihulumano

Del Beazley - All for One

Darren Benitez - Dear Mama

Bill Kaiwa - Na Halia

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole - Kaumakaiwa

Aaron Sala - Napo'ona Mahina: the Illusion of Reality

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Ahea? Ano! - Holunape

'Aumakua - Amy Hanaiali'i

Destiny - Brothers Cazimero

Kaumakaiwa - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

...With Aloha - PALI

SONG OF THE YEAR

Dear Mama - Darren Benitez

Island Days - Pali T.W. Ka'aihue

Ka 'Imi Loa - Snowbird Bento & Roland Cazimero

Maka Ua - Myrna and Eddie Kamae

Waiaka - Olana & Howard K. Ai

FAVORITE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Howard K. Ai - Kaleihulumano

Darren Benitez - Dear Mama

Teresa Bright - Tropic Rhapsody

Brothers Cazimero - Destiny

Amy Hanaiali'i - 'Aumakua

Holunape - Ahea? 'Ano!

Ledward Kaapana & Mike Kaawa - Force of Nature

Natalie Ai Kamauu - 'Ī

Ku'uipo Kumukahi - Letʻs Hula

PALI - ...with Aloha

Technical and Adjudicated Awards

GRAPHICS

'Aina - Peter Apo

From the Heart - Noly Paa

Unforgettable - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and the Makaha Sons

E Hula Mai Kakou - Nā Leo

Napo'ona Mahina: the Illusion of Reality - Aaron Salā

LINER NOTES

1. Olana Ai for Kaleihulumamo, Howard K. Ai (Ginger Doggie)

2. Robert Cazimero and Roland Cazimero for Destiny, The Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple)

3. Gerald Kahula Hirata for Aloha 'Anianiau, Leilani Rivera Bond (Leilani)

4. Kahauanu Lake for E Hula Mai Kakou, Na Leo (OneHawaii)

5. Puakea Nobelmeier, Fred Krauss, and Keali'i Reichel for Kamalei: Keali'i Reichel Collection Two,

Keali'i Reichel (Punahele)

ENGINEERING

Fred Li and Eric Kop - Bop Tribal (Bop Tribal)

Kit Ebersbach - Tropic Rhapsody (Teresa Bright)

Shawn Livingston Moseley - Altar Native (Millicent Cummings)

Shawn Livingston Moseley - White Bathtub (Kenneth Makuakane)

Milan Bertosa, DJ Pratt, and Gaylord Holomalia - Many Classics, Kalapana Plays Their Best

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE

Leilani Rivera Bond for Aloha 'Anianiau

Holunape for Ahea? 'Ano

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole for Kaumakaiwa

Kupaoa for Pili O Ke Ao

Aaron J. Sala for Napo'ona Mahina The Illusion of Reality

HAKU MELE

Kainani Kahaunaele for Pulupe I Ka 'Ili from Napo'ona Mahina The Illusion of Reality by Aaron J.

Sala

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole for Lani Kau Keha from Kaumakaiwa by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole

Lehua Kalima Heine for Lei 'Awapuhi from E Hula Mai Kakou by Na Leo

Joseph Brian Badis and Kellen Paik for Kauluwehikalunaoka'ala, from Pili O Ke Ao by Kupaoa.

Kainani Kahaunaele for E Huli Ho'i Mai from E Hula Mai Kakou by Na Leo