Guerrero a finalist for seven Na Hoku Hanohano awards
Maui kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero, who released a third album, "Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha," after a nine–year hiatus, garnered seven nominations for this year's Nä Hökü Hanohano awards.
Guerrero is a finalist for Male Vocalist, Hawaiian Album, Song of the Year, Favorite Entertainer, Liner Notes, Hawaiian Language Performance and Album of the Year, the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Artists announced yesterday.
Guerrero's seven nominations are the most of any artist. Amy Hanaiali'i and Nä Palapalai were each nominated for five.
The 33rd annual music awards presentation takes place May 30 at the Hawai'i Convention Center. It is the final event of the inaugural Na Hoku O Hawai'i Music Festival.
This year's Lifetime Achievement honorees include recording artist Ida Keli'i Chun, who began her career in the 1940s; Mäkaha Sons of Ni'ihau; and Boyce Rodrigues of "Hawai'i Calls" fame.
Posthumous awards will go to falsetto icon George Ka'inapau, and members of the Issacs 'ohana including Alvin Kaleolani Sr., Barney, Atta and Norman.
For a complete list of nomineees, go to www.nahokufestival.com.