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The winners of the 2nd Annual Hawaii Music Awards were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Hawaii Theater on Sunday, April 26, 1998. The Hawaii Music Awards are a people's choice award and the winners are selected by a public voting process.

Governor Ben Cayetano’s Fine Arts Award
  • Sony Corporation
  • Don Ho

    Mayor Jeremy Harris’s Performing Arts Award
    Emmy Tomimbang

    Outstanding Performance Award
  • Department of Education
  • Music Factory Sean Kennard

    Hawaii Music Teachers
    Association Lifetime Achievement Award
    Ellen Masaki / Thayer Piano

    Hawaii Songwriter’s Association
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Nancy & Victor Rittanband

    Hawaii Opera Theatre General Director’s Award
  • Nani Mahoe
  • Mr. Rhinehardt Pua’a
  • Mr. Jim Becker

    Musicians Association of Hawaii Local 677
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Johnny Akaka

    Mahalo Awards
  • Nora Feuerstein
  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel
  • Loyal Garner
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel

    Music Educators Award
  • Kathleen Moana Allen / Waianae HS
  • Michael Nakasone / Pearl City HS
  • Annette Johanson / University Hawaii

    Album of the Year
    Danny Couch

    Best New Artist
    Damon Williams & Justin

    Event of the Year (2 honorees)
  • Tom Moffat Productions
  • Pepsi Corporation

    Best Recording for a Compilation Album
    Guitars of Hawaii Vol 1 / John Valentine

    Best Recording for Contemporary Hawaiian Music
    Kanikapila! / Peter Moon

    Best Recording for Jazz Music
    Gabe Baltazar

    Best Recording for Gospel Music
    It’s KInd of Personal / Johnny Kamae

    Best Recording for Instrumental Hawaiian
    Ohana’O Kauai Vol II

    Best Recording for International Hawaiian Music
    The Birds / Kimiko Ohta

    Best Recording for Island Music
  • Touch / Wayne Takemine
  • Everything’s Alright / Cory Oliveros

    Best Recording for Pop Music
  • You’ll Never Find / Bobby Baniaga
  • Dreamin /Lance Jyo

    Best Recording for Rap Music
    Ku’e / Sudden Rush

    Best Recording for Rock Music
  • #1 / Tone Deaf Teens
  • Surf Psycho Sexy

    Best Recording for Slack Key
    Mana Olana / John Keawe

    Best Recording for Steel Guitar
    Slack & Steel / Ken Emerson

    Best Recording for World Music
    Rathaytra Live

    Polynesian Song of the Year
    Kia Orana e Mariaa Arorangi by
    Saint Mary’s Music Ministry Choir

    Polynesian Best Recording
    Island Styles / Dennis Ah Yek

    Best Blues Vocalist
    All Your Pain / Marco Rosa

    Best Contemporary Hawaiian Vocalist
  • Walta Boy Tavares / Sons of Hawaii
  • Anjelo Jenson / E Ku Hawaii

    Best Country Vocalist
    Blue Tarpo’lin / Gordon Freitas

    Best Gospel Vocalist
  • Hearts Full of Hope / Kamele Lindsey
  • On the Rock Righteous / Liann & Reggie

    Best Island Music Vocalist
  • Maile Lei / Ben Vegas
  • These Islands / Danny Couch

    Best Jazz Vocalist
    Yardbird Suite / Michaelle Edwards

    Best Latin Vocalist
    Come To My Islands / Sabrina

    Best Polynesian Vocalist
    Iriea - Vocalist Epheraima Taokia

    Best Pop Vocalist
    Love Is All / Damon Williams

    Best Rap Vocalist
    Polynesian Party / Sudden Rush

    Best Rock Vocalist
    Transmutator / Romel Regulation

    Best Rhythm and Blues Vocalist
    Soothe You / Justin

    Best Seasonal Vocalist
    Dennis Keohokalole

    Best Recording by a Traditional Hawaiian Vocalist
    Sanoe / Nolan Ha’o

    Best Liner Notes
  • Nightwings / Friends
  • Keone Fujitani / Slack & Steel

    Best Album Artwork
    Everything’s Alright

    Engineer of the Year
  • Bob St. John / Pierre Grill
  • Gaylord Hoomalia

    Producer of the Year
  • Aaron Kimura
  • Todd Adamski

    Best Music Video Awards
  • Showdown
  • Kainoa Kamaka
  • The Bosscats
  • Damon Williams
  • Chillum

  • See also:
  • Hawaii Music Awards Since 1996
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Since 1978
  • Hawaiian Music Grammy Awards Since 2005



  • Related Links
    All Hawaiian Music Awards
    Hawaii for Visitors
    Elsewhere on the Web
    1998 Apr 27: The Music Played On and On at the Hawaii Music Awards (John Berger)
    1998 Apr 23: Hawaii Music Awards Celebrate Tie Between Music and Industry (John Berger)
    Winners of the 2nd Annual Hawaii Music Awards





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