Pics: The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

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More than 1200 people turned out for the Hawaii music industry’s big awards gala last night, the 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The big winners of the night — taking home multiple trophies — were Kuana Torres Kahele, Waipuna, Jake Shimabukuro, and Starr Kalahiki. Kahele, in fact, won six awards.

34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

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—Photo by Jonas Maon

List of 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano winners:

Album of the Year: “Kuanaloa,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Kuana Torres Kahale and Dave Tucciarone, producers

Anthology Album of the Year: “Kekumuwai,” Pandanus Club (Makuakane)
Kenneth Makuakane, Chris Kealiiaa and Tasha Tavares-Makuakane, producers

Compilation Album of the Year: “Ho‘ala Iapana,” Various Artists
Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year: “Rising In Love,” Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

EP (Extended Play) of the Year: “Na Mele O Ioane Keanaaina,” John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr.

Favorite Entertainer of the Year: Jake Shimabukuro

Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Ai Kamauu, “‘A” (Keko)

Graphics: Kuhao Zane and Kamele Eskaran, for “Kaunaloa,” Kuana Torres Kahale (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Group of the Year: Waipuna, “E Ho‘i Mai” (Poki)

Haku Mele: “Ku’u Hoa Hi’ikua,” Hi’ikua, from “Aia I Hi’ialo,” Hi’ikua (Hi’ikua)

Hawaiian Album of the Year: “Kaunaloa,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Hawaiian Language Performance: “Hula,” Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)

Hip-Hop Album of the Year: “Illnomadic,” Navid Najafi (‘Aumakua)

Instrumental Album of the Year: “Peace Love Ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Island Music Album of the Year: “E Ho‘i Mai,” Waipuna (Poki)

Jazz Album of the Year (TIE): “Salt,” Starr Kalahiki (Kipuka); “Ukulele Jazz Live in Concert Hilo, Hawaii,” Benny Chong

Liner Notes: Kuana Torres Kahale, for “Kaunaloa,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Male Vocalist of the Year: Kuana Torres Kahele, “Kaunaloa” (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Most Promising Artist: Starr Kalahiki, “Salt” (Kipuka)

Reggae Album of the Year: “Simply For Love,” Ekolu (Waiehu)

Religious Album of the Year: “Chucky Boy Chock and Friends,” Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)

Rock Album of the Year: “Warehouse Blues,” Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Single of the Year: “‘Ainahau,” Waipuna (Poki)

Slack Key Album of the Year: “Waimaka Helelei,” Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (‘Aumakua)

Song of the Year (composer’s award): “Na Vaqueros” by Kuana Torres Kahele, from “Kaunaloa,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Adjudicated Categories

Engineering: Wendell Ching, Carl Noa and Matthew Honda for “Self Titled,” Hot Rain (Afflatuf)

Hawaiian Language Performance: “Hula,” Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple Company)

Haku Mele: “Ku’u Hoa Hi‘ikua,” by Kalehua Krug, from “Aia I Hi‘ialo,” Hi‘ikua (label)

International Album of the Year: “‘Ohana,” Kaulana (Kaulana)

Additional Awards

Ki Ho’alu Foundation Legacy Award: Makana

Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award: Haunani Apoliona

Steel Guitar Legacy Award: The Tau Moe Family

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