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2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
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The winners of the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for best Hawaii and Hawaiian Music albums, producers, and artists of 2008 were announced at an awards ceremony in Honolulu on June 9, 2009. Note that a new"Best Slack Key Album" Na Hoku Hanohano award was introduced in 2009. You can see other albums and artists nominated here: Nominees for the 2009 Na Noku Hanohano Awards.

2009 Best Album Awards



Album of the Year
With Aloha by Pali
TITLE: ... With Aloha
ARTIST: Pali
PRODUCERS: D.J. Pratt and Pali Kaaihue
LABEL: PK Records Hawaii
RELEASE DATE: December 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Album" Winners
The Best Album Na Hokuhanohano award is given to both the artists and producers of the winning album.



Anthology Producer's Award
Unforgettable by IZ
TITLE: Unforgettable
ARTIST: Israel Kamakawiwoole and the Makaha Sons of Niihau
PRODUCER: Tim Mathre, Kata Maduli, Lea Uyehara
LABEL: Poki Records
RELEASE DATE: December 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Anthology Album" Winners




Christmas Album
E Ola Ke Alii by Na Kama
TITLE: E Ola Ke Alii: The Na Kama Christmas Collection, Volume 1
ARTIST: Na Kama
LABEL: Makani Records
RELEASE DATE: November 2008
REVIEW: John Berger, Honolulu Star Bulletin
REVIEW: Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser
BUY IT: Booklines
Past "Best Christmas Album" Winners




Comedy Album of the Year
No Best Comedy Album award in 2009
Past "Best Comedy Album" Winners



Compilation Producer's Award
Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Master Series, Volume II
TITLE: Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Master Series Vol. II
ARTIST: Various artists
PRODUCERS: Chris Lau and Milton Lau
LABEL: Rhythm and Roots Records
RELEASE DATE: December 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Compilation Album" Winners




Contemporary Album of the Year
Aumakua by Amy Hanaialii
TITLE: Aumakua
ARTIST: Amy Hanaialii
LABEL: Ua Records
RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com - iTunes
Past "Best Contemporary Album" Winners




Contemporary Hawaiian Album
No Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album Award in 2008 or 2009
Past "Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album" Winners



Hawaiian Album
Ahea Ano by Holunape
TITLE: Ahea? Ano!
ARTIST: Holunape
LABEL: Roy Sakuma Productions
RELEASE DATE: April 2008
BUY IT: Booklines
Past "Best Hawaiian Album" Winners




Instrumental Album of the Year
Haleakala by Jeff Peterson and Riley Lee
TITLE: Haleakala
ARTIST: Jeff Peterson and Riley Lee
LABEL: Peterson Productions
RELEASE DATE: June 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Instrumental Album" Winners




Island Music Album of the Year
With Aloha by Pali
TITLE: ... With Aloha
ARTIST: Pali
LABEL: PK
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Island Contemporary Music Album" Winners




Jazz Album of the Year
Tropic Rhapsody by Teresa Bright
TITLE: Tropic Rhapsody
ARTIST: Teresa Bright
LABEL: Teresa Bright Productions
RELEASE DATE: December 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Jazz Album" Winners




R&B / Hip Hop Album of the Year
Reborn by Touch of Gold
TITLE: Reborn
ARTIST: A Touch of Gold
LABEL: Golden Boy Productions
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best R&B or Hip Hop Album" Winners
GROUP MEMBERS: Michael Cobb (Leader), Frank Makaawaawa, Taylor Hoopii, William Makawaawa, Keao Low, Bill Sapolu,
(album features classic Motown and other standards)




Reggae Album of the Year
Nothing to Hide by Rebel Souljahz
TITLE: Nothing to Hide
ARTIST: Rebel Souljahs
LABEL: Go Aloha Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: February 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Reggae Album" Winners




Religious Album of the Year
All for One Del Beazley
TITLE: All for One
ARTIST: Del Beazley
LABEL: Mountain Apple
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Religious Album" Winners




Rock Album of the Year
Many Classics: Kalapana Plays Their Best
TITLE: Many Classics, Kalapana Plays Their Best
ARTIST: Kalapana
LABEL: Punahele Productions (check this)
RELEASED: July 2007 or September 2008?
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Rock Album" Winners




Slack Key Album of the Year
Hawaii Island is My Home - by John Keawe
TITLE: Hawaii Island ... Is My Home
ARTIST: John Keawe
LABEL: Homestead Productions
RELEASE DATE: July 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Slack Key Album" Winners: None (new category)




2009 Best Artist Awards



Most Promising Artist
Pili O Ke Ao by Kupaoa
ARTIST: Kuipaoa
ALBUM: Pili O Ke Ao
LABEL: Kupaoa
RELEASE DATE: November 2008
REVIEW: HPR Review - KGMB9 Review
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Most Promising Artist" Winners




Female Vocalist of the Year
I by Natalie Ai Kamauu
ARTIST: Natalie Ai Kamauu
ALBUM: "I"
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Female Vocalist" Winners




Male Vocalist of the Year
Kaumakaiwa by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole
ARTIST: Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole
ALBUM: Kaumakaiwa
LABEL: Mountain Apple
BUY IT: Amazon.com - iTunes
Past "Best Male Vocalist" Winners




Hawaiian Language Performance of the Year
Kaumakaiwa by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole
ARTIST: Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole
ALBUM: Kaumakaiwa
LABEL: Mountain Apple
BUY IT: Amazon.com - iTunes
Past "Best Hawaiian Language Performance" Winners
The Na Hoku Hanohano "Hawaiian Language Performance" award is selected by a panel of Hawaiian music and Hawaiian language experts.



Favorite Entertainer
Force of Nature by Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa
ARTISTS: Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa
ALBUM: Force of Nature
LABEL: Jus Press Productions
RELEASE DATE: September 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Favorite Entertainer" Winners
The Na Hoku Hanohano "Favorite Entertainer of the Year" award is selected by the general public using an online voting process.



Group of the Year
Ahea Ano by Holunape
ARTIST: Holunape
BAND MEMBERS: Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Kanaia Nakamura
GUEST ARTISTS: Jeff Hoy (steel guitar, piano, Ryan Gonzalez (lead guitar)
ALBUM: "Ahea? Ano!" (2nd Holunape album)
LABEL: Roy Sakuma Productions
RELEASE DATE: April 2008
BUY IT: Booklines
Past "Best Group" Winners




2009 Best Song Awards



Song of the Year
With Aloha by Pali
SONG: "Island Days"
ARTIST: Pali
ALBUM: ... With Aloha
LABEL: PK
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Song Composer" Winners




Haku Mele
Pili O Ke Ao by Kupaoa
SONG: Uluwehikalunaokaala
SONGWRITERS: Joseph Brian Badis and Kellen Paik
ARTIST: Kupaoa
ALBUM: Pili O Ke Ao
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Haku Mele" Winners
The Na Hoku Hanohano "Best Haku Mele" award is selected by a panel of Hawaiian music and Hawaiian language experts.



2009 DVD Award

Music Video DVD of the Year
Kamehameha Schools 2008 Song Contest
TITLE: Kamehameha Schools 2008 Song Contest
ARTIST: Students of Kamehameha Schools
PRODUCER: Mountain Apple
STUDIO: Kamehameha Schools
RELEASED: April 2008
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Album" Winners




2009 Technical Awards



Graphics
Aina by Peter Apo
GRAPHIC ARTIST: Stacey Leong Design
ALBUM: Aina
PERFORMING ARTIST: Peter Apo
LABEL: Mamo Records
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Graphics" Winners




Engineering
Many Classics: Kalapana Plays Their Best
ENGINEER: Milan Bertosa, DJ Pratt and Gaylord Holomalia
ALBUM: Many Classics: Kalapana Plays Their Best
LABEL: Kalapana
REVIEW: OTB
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Engineered Album" Winners




Liner Notes
Kamalei: Kealii Reichel Collection Two
WRITERS: Puakea Nogelmeier, Fred Krauss and Kealii Reichel
ALBUM: Kamalei: Kealii Reichel Collection Two
LABEL: Punahele
BUY IT: Amazon.com
Past "Best Liner Notes" Winners




2009 Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Cecilio and Kapono
  • Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii
  • Keola and Kapono Beamer
  • George Helm (posthumous)
  • John Piilani Watkins (posthumous)
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  • John Berger Awards Ceremony Photos
  • Phil Spalding Awards Ceremony Photos
    Past "Lifetime Achievement" Winners

    Ki Ho Alu Foundation Legacy Award
    George Kahumoku Jr.

    Moe Keale "Aloha Is" Award for Community Service
    Brother Noland

    HARA Special Industry Award
    "Hawaii Calls"

    Bill Murata Scholarship Award
    To be announced



  • See also:
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Year
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Category
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Artist

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