The preliminary ballot is out for the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and we’re pretty stoked at how awesome our Kanileʻa Family of Artists are doing. There are Kanileʻa artists in 16 categories!! Now, while this is just the preliminaries, we still want to wish good luck to all who submitted their musical work for consideration.
OLA KA ʻĀINA WOULD LOVE YOUR VOTE
In fact, our first venture into musical recording is also on the preliminary ballot. Ola Ka ʻĀina, released on September 9, 2018, is the musical celebration of 20 years in the `ukulele manufacturing industry for Kanile`a. Every track is an original song written and performed by a Kanile`a artist or group. Not only are the songs uplifting and joyful, but all proceeds from the sale of Ola Ka ʻĀina go to reforestation efforts on Hawaiʻi island through Reforest Hawaiʻi and the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Saving Hawaiʻi’s Forests.
HOW VOTING WORKS
This first round of voting goes to the general membership of the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). Per the official website for HARA:
“An accounting firm tabulates the votes and the five recordings with the most votes in each category proceed to the final ballot.
“For the technical categories (graphics and liner notes) committees are established to select the five finalists on the final ballot. The accounting firm tabulates the votes for the final ballot and the winners are announced at our award ceremonies.
“A committee of Hawaiian language and music specialists selects the adjudicated categories.
“The Favorite Entertainer of the Year Award is selected by public voting conducted via an online voting process.”
The 16 categories do not include the technical or adjudicated categories.
Final awards will be presented Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Hawai`i Convention Center. The 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards will be televised locally and streamed live online as well.
AND NOW FOR THE LIST
Click on any name to find the link to the artist’s/group’s page
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
- KENNETH MAKUAKĀNE, I Write the Songs
- KENNETH MAKUAKĀNE, Nā Mele Pule
- SEAN NAʻAUAO, Nā Keiki O Hawaiʻi
Group of the Year
Hawaiian EP of the Year
Single of the Year
- “HEARTSTRINGS”, Kolohe Kai
- “NIGHT RIDE”, Karlie G
- “ROUND AND AROUND”, Kolohe Kai
R&B Album of the Year
Compilation Album of the year
- HEARTSTRINGS, Kolohe Kai
- ROUND AND AROUND, Kolohe Kai
Most Promising Artist
Religious Album of the Year
Hawaiian Music Album of the Year
Island Music Album of the Year
Album of the Year
- HAVE FUN, Karlie G
- I WRITE THE SONGS, Kenneth Makuakāne
- NĀ KEIKI O HAWAIʻI, Sean Naʻauao
- NĀ WAI `EHĀ, Nā Wai `Ehā
- OLA KA ʻĀINA, Various Kanileʻa ʻUkulele Artists
- UA KŌ, UA ʻĀINA, Keauhou
Song of the Year
- “Eō E Nā Wai ʻEhā” from NĀ WAI ʻEHĀ, Nā Wai ʻEhā
- “Have Fun” from HAVE FUN, Karlie G
- “Heartstrings” from HEARTSTRINGS, Kolohe Kai
- “Reforest Hawaiʻi” from OLA KA ʻĀINA, Various Kanileʻa ʻUkulele Artists
- “Round and Around” from ROUND AND AROUND, Kolohe Kai
- “Waikalua” from UA KŌ, UA ʻĀINA, Keauhou
Favorite Entertainer of the Year