Keauhou sweeps Hoku Awards with wins in 9 cat­e­gories

Keauhou’s self-ti­tled project wins in top cat­e­gories in­clud­ing al­bum of the year

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By John Berger jberger@starad­ver­tiser.com

“Keauhou,” the self-ti­tled de­but al­bum by Ni­cholas Lum, Zachary Lum and Jonah So­latario, swept the 40th an­nual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Satur­day night at the Hawai‘i Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, with wins in all nine cat­e­gories in which the trio was nom­i­nated.

Wins for al­bum of the year, group of the year and most promis­ing artists made Keauhou the third group in the his­tory of the Hawaii record­ing in­dus­try awards to win those three cat­e­gories with a de­but al­bum. The trio also won for Hawai­ian mu­sic al­bum, Hawai­ian lan­guage per­for­mance and fa­vorite en­ter­tainer, the last de­ter­mined by pub­lic vot­ing. Ad­ding to the tally were three in­di­vid­ual awards to Zachary Lum for his work as a song­writer (song of the year and Haku Mele) and liner notes writer.

Only two other record­ing artists won more than a sin­gle Hoku. Josh Tatofi scored a long-shot win over Kawika Kahi­apo, Cyril Pahinui, Grammy win­ner Kalani Pe‘a and Hoku Zut­ter­meis­ter for male vo­cal­ist and also won the is­land mu­sic al­bum cat­e­gory.

Pahinui in­creased his life­time awards to­tal to 17 with wins for Hawai­ian slack-key al­bum and best in­stru­men­tal com­po­si­tion.

Ra‘iatea Helm won fe­male vo­cal­ist for the third time. Veteran stu­dio en­gi­neer Dave Tuc­cia­rone re­ceived a Hoku for his work as her al­bum’s en­gi­neer.

Pe‘a be­came the first Hawaii record­ing artist to win a Grammy and a Hoku Award for the same al­bum when his de­but al­bum, “E Walea,” won in the con­tem­po­rary al­bum cat­e­gory. The Hawai‘i Academy of Record­ing Arts mem­ber­ship de­ter­mines the win­ners in most of the cat­e­gories. Win­ners in the two Hawai­ian-lan­guage cat­e­gories (Haku Mele and Hawai­ian lan­guage per­for­mance) are se­lected by a panel of spe­cial­ists in Hawai­ian song­writ­ing. Win­ners in the en­gi­neer­ing cat­e­gories are de­ter­mined by a panel of non­res­i­dent stu­dio en­gi­neers.

The win­ner in the In­ter­na­tional Recog­ni­tion Al­bum cat­e­gory is also ad­ju­di­cated.

2017 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS WIN­NERS

>> Al­bum: “Keauhou,” Keauhou (Keauhou); Keauhou, pro­duc­ers >> Male vo­cal­ist: Josh Tatofi, “Pua Kiele” (Bu-Print Records)

>> Fe­male vo­cal­ist: Ra‘iatea Helm, “He Leo Huali: ‘A Pure Voice’” (Ra‘iatea Helm Records)

>> Group: Keauhou, “Keauhou”

>> Most promis­ing artist: Keauhou, “Keauhou” >> Sin­gle: “Moloka‘i On My Mind,” Blayne As­ing (As­ing A Song)

>> EP (Ex­tended Play): “Alo I Ke Alo,” Mailani (Ha En­ter­prises)

>> Song: “Hanohano Ha‘iku,” by Zachary Lum, “Keauhou” >> In­stru­men­tal com­po­si­tion: “Ki Ho‘alu,” by Cyril Pahinui from “Hi‘ilawe,” Cyril Pahinui (Pahinui Pro­duc­tions) >> Al­ter­na­tive al­bum: “Kukahi,” Kukahi Lee (Makalii Pro­duc­tions) >> An­thol­ogy al­bum: “Ka­maka Ukulele Pre­sents: Keep Strum­ming! Cel­e­brat­ing 100 Years,” Var­i­ous Artists (Ka­maka Hawai‘i); Ka­maka Hawai‘i, pro­duc­ers

>> Christ­mas al­bum: “Maui Slack Key Christ­mas,” Ge­orge Kahumoku Jr. (Kealia Farms Records) >> Com­edy al­bum: “I Am A Bad De­ci­sion,” Brandi Mor­gan (Pass Out Records)

>> Com­pi­la­tion al­bum: “Mele From Aunty’s Beach House Au­lani, A Dis­ney Re­sort And Spa,” Var­i­ous Artists (Walt Dis­ney Records); Ken­neth Makuakane, pro­ducer >> Con­tem­po­rary al­bum:

“E Walea,” Kalani Pe‘a (Kalani Pe‘a Mu­sic) >> Hawai­ian mu­sic al­bum: “Keauhou,” Keauhou >> Hawai­ian slack-key al­bum of the year: “Hi‘ilawe,” Cyril Pahinui >> Hip-hop al­bum: “Love’s Heretic,” Tantra (no la­bel) >> In­stru­men­tal al­bum: “Wahi Pana, Songs of Place,” Jeff Peter­son (Peter­son Pro­duc­tions) >> Is­land mu­sic al­bum: “Pua Kiele,” Josh Tatofi

>> Jazz al­bum: “Be­tween the Mu­sic & the Moon,” Mag­gie Her­ron (Her­ron Song Records)

>> Mu­sic DVD: “Hawaii Aloha: Song Across Hawaii,” Var­i­ous Artists (Mana Maoli)

>> Reg­gae al­bum: “Tales of the Fruit Stand Mys­tic,” Kanekoa (no la­bel) >> Reli­gious al­bum: “Righ­teous Son Rize,” Ru­pert Tripp Jr. (RTJ Mu­sic) >> Rock al­bum: “The Over­throw,” Nesta (no la­bel) >> Ukulele al­bum: “Jus’ Press, Vol. 2,” Led­ward Kaa­pana (Jus’ Press) >> Graph­ics: Kawikanui Ka­hele, for “Ku‘u Pua Sakura,” Hoku Zut­ter­meis­ter (Kaleiola Records) >> Liner notes: Zachary Lum for “Keauhou”

>> Haku Mele: “Hanohano Ha‘iku” by Zachary Lum, “Keauhou” >> Hawai­ian-lan­guage per­for­mance

award: Keauhou, “Keauhou” >> In­ter­na­tional al­bum spe­cial recog­ni­tion award: “My Fa­vorite Things,” Ukulele Swing Trio (JB Mu­sic)

>> Hawai­ian en­gi­neer­ing: Dave Tuc­cia­rone for “He

Leo Huali, ‘A Pure Voice,’” Ra‘iatea Helm

>> Gen­eral en­gi­neer­ing: David Kauahikaua for “When­ever You Come Around,” A Touch of Gold (Kuleana Break­fast Club) >> Fa­vorite en­ter­tainer: Keauhou

PHO­TOS BY CINDY ELLEN RUS­SELL / CRUS­SELL@STARAD­VER­TISER.COM

The trio Keauhou be­came the third group in his­tory to win the al­bum of the year, group of the year and most promis­ing artist cat­e­gories for its self-ti­tled de­but al­bum at the 40th an­nual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, held Satur­day evening at the Hawai‘i Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Pic­tured per­form­ing at the awards are Zachary Lum, left, Jonah So­latario and Ni­cholas Lum of Keauhou. Ra‘iatea Helm, be­low, re­ceived the award for fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year for “He Leo Huali: ‘A Pure Voice.’”

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