Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom

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Amy Gilliom during the halftime show at 2007 Hawaii Bowl.

Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom is a Hawaiian vocalist and songwriter. Her album Generation Hawaii won four Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2007. She is best known for reinvigorating the Hawaiian tradition of female falsetto singing.

Her album Generation Hawaii won four Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2007: Album of the year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Best Engineered Album.

The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are the Hawaii recording industry's regional equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Gilliom was also one of the five finalists for the 2006 Grammy Award for best Best Hawaiian Music Album but did not win. She performed, recorded, and toured for several years with fellow Hawaiian music artist Willie K, the producer of her first hit album, "Hawaiian Tradition". The two also had a personal relationship, which ended in 2001.[1]

In 2013, the singer joined Willie K. to sing "Imagine" by John Lennon at the signing of the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, which made Hawaii the 15th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.[2] In 2014, Gilliom announced a forthcoming recording "Reunion" with Willie K.[1] She was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation[3] and Abercombie proclaimed Oct. 15 to be Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K. Day in Hawaii.[4]

Early years[edit]

When growing up, Gilliom, her father (Lloyd), her mother (Mimi) and her brother (Eric) were all involved with the Maui Youth Theater, now known as the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.[citation needed]

Her first album, Native Child (Mountain Apple Company MACD 2030), was released in 1995. "Hawaiian Tradition" (MACD 2040), her second album, was recorded and released in 1997.


  1. ^ a b Olena Heu and Melissa Chang (2014-10-26). "Amy Hanaiali‘i and Willie K are reunited". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  2. ^ Karlamangla, Soumya (November 13, 2013). "With the governor's signature, Hawaii legalizes gay marriage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Our Board and Council". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  4. ^ Berger, John (October 16, 2014). "Amy and Willie preview ‘Reunion’". Honolulu Pulse. Star Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 

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