The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) will host the 43rd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and will be filmed without an audience and on location on O‘ahu and Maui. Hawai‘i’s biggest night in music will be broadcast on KHNL-TV on Saturday, Oct. 10. See the full details and finalists list below.
Committed to celebrating the 43rd annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and honoring this year’s awardees, HARA will host the event in compliance with COVID-19 mandates including pre-recorded musical performances and acceptance speeches. Music fans will also have the opportunity to watch the celebration streamed on HARA’s Facebook page and online at Hawai‘i News Now.
If you can’t watch live on Saturday, there will be two rebroadcasts, on Oct. 15 on K5 and Oct. 17 on KGMB from 7–10 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020
7:00 -10:00 PM on KHNL
Streamed on https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/nahoku
HARA FACEBOOK @ https://harahawaii.com
Pre-Show Awards will be streamed from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020
7:00 – 10:00 pm on K5-TV
2020 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS FINALISTS
Album of the Year
21°N 158°W by Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko Records)
Ka Lei Moana by Kupaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
Kalawai‘anui by Amy Hānaiali`i (Ua Records)
Lovely Sunrise by Nā Wai ‘Eha (NWE Records)
Ua Kui A Lawa by Josh Tatofi (90211000)
Song of the Year
For The Lahui by Josh Tatofi from Ua Kui A Lawa . Josh Tatofi and Hinaleimoana Wong, composers. (90211000)
Ka Lei Moana by Kupaoa from Ka Lei Moana . Puakea Nogelmeier and Kellen Paik, composers. (Hulu Kupuna)
Kalawaia`anui by Amy Hanaiali`i from Kalawai‘anui . Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom and Kumu Micah Kamohoalii`i, composers.
Ku Ha’aheo e Ku’u Hawai’i by Various Artists from Kuha’o Maunakea . Hinaleimoana Wong, composer. (Kanaeokana)
Nani Pi’iholo by Kahalawai from Kahalawai , Carlson Kamaka Kukona III, composer.
Female Vocalist of the Year
Amy Hanaiali`i for Kalawai’anui (Ua Records).
Hawane Rios for Ku Kia’i Mauna Together We Rise (Religion Records A&C).
Karlie G for Karlie G Christmas (KGM Productions).
Maggie Herron for Renditions (Herron Song Records).
Natalie Ai Kamauu for 21°N 158°W (Keko Records).
Male Vocalist of the Year
Izik for &Bougainvillea (Zeo Music).
Josh Tatofi for Ua Kui A Lawa (90211000).
Kala’e Camarillo for Feel At Home (No Label).
Kaulike Pescaia for Ku’u Huaka’i (no label).
Kupu Dalire-Na’auao for Chasing Legacy (Kupz Music).
Group of the Year
Ei Nei for Hui! (Ei Nei).
Ekolu for 20 Year Anniversary
Kupaoa for Ka Lei Moana (Hulu Kupuna).
Na Wai ‘Eha for Lovely Sunrise (NWE Records).
The Green for Black & White (Easy Star Records, ES-1071).
Most Promising Artist(s) of the Year
Ei Nei for Hui! (Ei Nei).
Hawane Rios for Ku Kia’i Mauna Together We Rise (Religion Records A&C/RAC002-8).
Kamaka Camarillo for S.O.U.L. Songs of Unexpected Life (No Label).
Kaulike Pescaia for Ku’u Huaka’i (no label).
Kuikawa for Ku I Ka Wa (Kuikawa Music).
EP (“Extended Play”) of the Year
Higher by Kamuela Kahoano (Green Light Go HI Productions)
Ke Alana by Ka’imi Hanano’eau (Loihi Inc)
Lana’i On My Mind by Hawaiian Time (Hawaiian Time 0001)
Steel Paradise by Joel Katz & Greg diPiazza (No Label)
Written by Ana Vee (Ana Vee)
Hawaiian EP (“Extended Play”) of the Year
Hiki Mai E Ka Lā by Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane Music)
I Luna by Leomana (Leomana Music)
Ka Mea ‘Uao by Malulani (Malulani Music)
Single of the Year
Desecration by Ekolu (Waiehu Records)
Grandpa by Anuhea (Anuhea Jams / 12)
My Hawai’i by The Green feat. Sean Na’Auao, Kaumakaiwa, Kumu Hina (Easy Star Records ES-3077)
Take Aloha With You by Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
You are My Sunshine (This Little Light of Mine) by Kimie Miner (Haku Records)
Hawaiian Single of the Year
Ke Alii by Kahalawai (no label)
Kuu Lei Makamae by Natalie Ai Kamauu. (Keko Recordsd)
Lilinoe by Waipuna (Poki Records / SPCD 9090)
Melia by Josh Tatofi (90211000)
Waolani by Kupu Dalire-Na’auao. (Kupz Music)
Welo Mau Loa E Ku’u Hae Hawai’i by Sean Na`auao. (Maliona Records)
Music Video of the Year
Hawaii 78 – Song Across Hawaii by Mana Maoli Collective (No Label).
Hawaiian Lullaby by Josh Tatofi (Haku Records).
Let Me Down by Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko Records).
Take Aloha With You by Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna).
You Are My Sunshine (This Little Light of Mine) by Kimie Miner (Haku Records).
Hawaiian Music Video of the Year
Kalawai’anui by Amy Hānaiali’i (Ua Records).
Ku Ha’aheo e Ku’u Hawai’i by Various Artists (Kanaeokana).
Ku’u Lei Makamae by Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko Records).
Mauna Kea Ku’u Iwi Hilo by Amy Hānaiali’i (Ua Records).
Melia by Josh Tatofi (90211000).
Instrumental Composition of the Year
Cyril’s Mele by Jeff Peterson from Ka Nani O Ki Ho’alu, The Beauty of Slack Key , Jeff Peterson, composer (Peterson
Daydream by Kenneth Makuakane from Kauaheahe , Daydream, composer (Makuakane Music)
Le’a Le’a Wale by Abe Lagrimas, Jr. & Lance Takamiya from ‘Elua: ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar , Lance Takamiya,
My Friend by Joel Katz from A Beautiful Sound Of Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Joel Katz, composer (No Label)
Sherwoods by Kamuela Kahoano from Higher, Kamuela Kahoano, composer. (Green Light Go HI Productions)
Alternative Album of the Year
&Bougainvillea by Izik. (Zeo Music)
Belly Of The Whale by Ydine. (anOtherEvolution)
Fanny Pack by The Barbarellatones, Robbie Quine & Joel Katz. (No Label)
Lainey and the 93 by Johnny Helm. (No Label)
Strum Along by Ka’imi Hanano’eau. (Loihi Inc)
Anthology of the Year
20 Year Anniversary ‘Timeless’ by Ekolu (Waiehu Records) Lukela Keala & Kapena DeLima, Producers
A10 / Best of Anuhea by Anuhea. (Anuhea Jams) Rylee Anuhea Jenkins, Producer.
From These Shores by Various Artists. (Aloha Got Soul) Roger Bong, Producer
Ho’ulu’ulu Momi by Kenneth Makuakane. (Makuakane Music) Kenneth Makuakāne and Wayne Hirano, Producers
Sweet Memories by Ben Kaili. (No Label) Ben Kaili, Producer
Compilation Album of the Year
E Lei Ho‘i, E Lili‘uokalani by Various Artists. (Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust) Hawaiian Lullaby by Various Artists. (Haku Records) Moon Kauakahi, Producer.
Island Style ‘Ukulele 3 by Various Artists. (Neos Productions V142) Bob and Pati St John, Producers
Kuha’o Maunakea by Various Artists. (Kanaeokana) Zachary Lum, Chad Takatsugi, Shawn Pimental, Producers.
Lei Nahonoapi’ilani by Various Artists. (North Beach West Maui Benefit Fund) Nicholas Lum, Producer
Contemporary Album of the Year
Cassettes by Johnny Valentine. (StudioValentineOneMusic)
Island Beyond the Stars by Pena Bu. (Bu Roc Records)
Ku Kia’i Mauna Together We Rise by Hawane Rios. (Religion Records A&C)
Summer To Winter by Kolohe Kai. (R K D Inc.)
WOT?! by Kamuela Kahoano. (Green Light Go HI Productions)
Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year
D.K. Live at the Atherton by Duncan Kamakana. (Mo`olelo Records) Fab4on4Strings by BEAT-LELE. (Beatlelele Music)
Feel At Home by Kala’e Camarillo. (No Label)
Take Me Home by Kaleo Phillips. (Mo’olelo Hui Hana Keaka)
Time To Be by Marvin Tevaga. (Siva Hawaii Inc.)
Hawaiian Music Album of the Year
Hui! by Ei Nei. (Ei Nei)
Kahalawai by Kahalawai. (MyDaze Entertainment)
Kalawai‘anui by Amy Hanaiali`i. (Ua Records)
Ku’u Huaka’i by Kaulike Pescaia. (no label)
Lovely Sunrise by Na Wai ‘Eha. (NWE Records)
Hawaiian Slack Key Album of the Year
Ka Nani O Ki Ho’alu, The Beauty of Slack Key by Jeff Peterson. (Peterson Productions)
Kahakauila by Patrick Landeza and Ian O’Sullivan. (Addison Street)
Renaissance Man by George Kahumoku, Jr.. (Kealia Farms Records)
Hip Hop Album of the Year
Kuleana by Thomas Iannucci. (No Label)
Kupa’a by Lou Dogg. (Dubb City Productions)
Lofi Dreaming by Kowrites. (808 KO Music)
Second Language by Illnomadic. (Zenbu Records)
The Menehune Giant by Punahele. (Zenbu Records)
Winter: A Sonic Adventure by Keola. (Climbing Tree Records)
Instrumental Album of the Year
A Beautiful Sound Of Hawaiian Steel Guitar by Joel Katz. (No Label)
Electric Sky by Chris Stark. (No Label)
‘Elua: ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar by Abe Lagrimas, Jr. & Lance Takamiya. (Pass Out Records / POR2011)
IntoxiKA by IntoxiKA. (No Label)
John Valentine Presents Guitars of Hawaii Today, Vol. 5 by John Valentine. (StudioValentineOneMusic)
Kauaheahe by Kenneth Makuakane. (Makuakane Music)
Six Fathoms Down by Peter deAquino. (Peter D. LLC)
Island Music Album of the Year
21°N 158°W by Natalie Ai Kamauu. (Keko Records)
Inspired by Bobby Moderow Jr.. (Lokahi Records / LKH104)
Ka Lei Moana by Kupaoa. (Hulu Kupuna)
Kahi Aloha by Ahumanu. (No Label)
Ua Kui A Lawa by Josh Tatofi. (90211000)
Jazz Album of the Year
Lessons From Oliver by Reggie Padilla. (No Label)
Renditions by Maggie Herron. (Herron Song Records)
Sax & Steel-Hula Blues by Bill Noble and Dwight Tokumoto. (MP364)
Metal Album of the Year
Come On Get Heavy: A Metal Tribute To The Partridge Family by Tin Idols. (Tin Idol Productions)
III by Storm. (Tin Idol Productions)
Ominous New Dawn by Abysmia. (Tin Idol Productions)
R&B Album of the Year
Live at the Atherton by Maryanne Ito. (Aloha Got Soul / AGS-021)
Lovevol by Nick Kurosawa + Ohtoro (Zenbu Records)
Popolo Kid by Tre Tru. (Island Mojo)
Rabbitt by Rabbitt. (The Auxilary)
S.O.U.L. Songs of Unexpected Life by Kamaka Camarillo. (No Label)
Reggae Album of the Year
Best Yet by Inna Vision. (Roots Musician Records)
Black & White by The Green. (Easy Star Records)
Diamond In The Rough by Justin Phillips. (Phat Bula Records)
Sense of Purpose by Maoli. (Awong Entertainment)
Story Teller by Ryan Hiraoka. (Rubbah Slippah Productions LLC)
Religious Album of the Year
Himeni by Darrell Guy Aquino. (Mana Records)
Ho‘onani Kakou Ia Ia by Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus. (No Label)
Ke Aupuni O Ka Lani by Kenneth Makuakane. (Makuakane Music) Scripture Songs by New Hope Oahu. (Dream Label Group)
The Bicentennial Collection by Kawaiaha’o Church Choir. (KC2020)
Rock Album of the Year
After the Fact by Square Shapes. (No Label)
Cosmic Stowaway by Al Overton & Rick Robbins. (NA)
Electric Junk by Jeff Dahl. (Iwannabeahoople Records)
Forever and Forever by Beware The Bear. (Audio Ramen)
Love and Lightning by Lightning Larry Dupio. (No Label)
Hawaiian Language Performance
He Lei Aloha No Nā Mo‘opuna by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett (Kawaikapuokalani Hewett)
Hui! by Ei Nei (Ei Nei)
Kū I Ka Wā by Kūikawā (Kūikawā Music)
Ke Aupuni O Ka Lani by Kenneth Makuakāne (KMM4012)
Ku‘u Huaka‘i by Kaulike Pescaia (no label)
Lovely Sunrise by Nā Wai ‘Ehā (NWE Records)
Pa‘a Mau by Kaniala Masoe (No Label)
Aloha ‘Āina ‘Oia’i’o by Kainani Kahaunaele, from Kūha‘o Maunakea, Various Artists (Kanaeokana)
Kū Ha’aheo e Ku’u Hawai’i by Hinaleimoana Wong, from Kūha‘o Maunakea, Various Artists (Kanaeokana)
Lei Ana Maunakea I Ke Aloha ‘Oia’i’o by Keola Donaghy and Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku, from Lei Ana Maunakea I Ke Aloha ‘Oia’i’o by Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku (‘A‘ali‘i Records)
Nā Pu’uwai Haokila by Zachary Alaka‘i Lum, from Kūha‘o Maunakea, Various Artists (Kanaeokana)
Pua Hau ‘Ula by Kalikolīhau Paik and Kellen Paik, from Ka Lei Moana, Kūpaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
Dave Tucciarone for Inspired by Bobby Moderow Jr. (Lokahi Records / LKH104).
Glenn Awong for Sense of Purpose by Maoli (Awong Entertainment).
Kapena De Lima for Island Beyond the Stars by Pena Bu (Bu Roc Records).
Kapena De Lima for Ua Kui A Lawa by Josh Tatofi (90211000).
Noah Cronin for Still Kickin’ by Landon McNamara (Sea Major Seven).
Bob St John for Island Style ‘Ukulele 3 by Various Artists (Neos Productions V142).
Joseph Bomarrito for Legacy The Brown Family by Kevin Brown, Ikaika Brown & Ka Ena Brown (Misty Waters).
Michael Casil & Wailau Ryder for Pa’a Mau by Kaniala Masoe (No Label)
Michael Casil for Kahalawai by Kahalawai (My Daze Entertainment)
Michael Grande for Lovely Sunrise by Nā Wai ʻEhā(No Label)
International Album Special Recognition Award
Be Still My Heart, Hiliu (Hiliu Music)
Ka‘apuni, Kaulana (Kaulana Entertainment)
Kona Street, ‘Ukulele Swing Trio (JB Music)
Macro Lei Jazz, Macro Lei Jazz (Breeze and Tone Level)
Ukulele Collection Dragon Quest, Ryo Natoyama (King Records)
Moon Kauakahi for E Lei Ho‘i, E Lili‘uokalani by Various Artists. (Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust)
Christ Stark for Electric Sky by Chris Stark (No Label)
Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett for He Lei Aloha No Nā Mo‘opuna by Kawaikapu (Kawaikapuokalani Hewett)
Dane Fujiwara, Grant Kono, and Ekolu Chang for Hui! by Ei Nei (Ei Nei)
Kalikolīhau Paik for Ka Lei Moana by Kupaoa (Hulu Kupuna)
Kamaoli Kuwada, Zachary Lum, Chad Takatsugi for Kuha’o Maunakea by Various Artists (Kanaeokana)
Rylee Anuhea Jenkins and Colleen Wilcox for A10 / Best of Anuhea by Anuhea (Anuhea Jams)
Johnny Valentine for Cassettes by Johnny Valentine (StudioValentineOneMusic)
Zachary Manzano for Himeni by Darrell Guy Aquino (Mana)
Waialani Artates and Kumu Micah Kamohoali’i for Kalawai‘anui by Amy Hanaiali’i. (Ua Records)
Daryl Fujiwara for Lovely Sunrise by Nā Wai ‘Ehā (NWE Records)
Favorite Entertainer of the Year
BEAT-LELE, Ei Nei, John Valentine, Josh Tatofi, Kailua Moon, Ka‘imi Hanano‘eau, Kūpaoa, Michael Keale, Natalie Ai Kamauu, and Nā Wai ‘Ehā.