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Background information
InstrumentsGuitar, ukulele, bass
Years active1986-Present

Ho'okena is a Hawaiian music trio which consist of the members Horace K. Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith. The group was created in 1986[1] and remains one of the longest lasting Hawaiian Music groups to date.[2] Ho'okena has been nominated for the Grammy Awards three times[3][4] and has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.[5] Ho'okena has a strong record of purpetuating Hawaiian music at the highest levels possible.[6][7]

Music career[edit]

Ho'okena Carnegie Hall 2013

Ho'okena has performed at the world renowned Carnegie Hall twice.[8][9] Ho'okena has released eleven music albums. The current group members all currently reside on the island of Oahu and perform live music weekly in Waikiki. They also travel to the states and Japan to also share their special contemporary Hawaiian music sound with the world. In 2015 Ho'okena recorded a song with country superstar Josh Turner on his album Deep South (Josh Turner album) titled "Hawaiian Girl."[10] In 2018 Horace K. Dudoit and Glen Smith performed at the Merrie Monarch Festival for Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero of The Brothers Cazimero. Cazimero promised to showcase a group of "A+ musicians."[11]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2017: Ho‘okena 3.0
  • 2012: Huliau
  • 2009: Nani Mau Loa - Everlasting Beauty
  • 2005: Treasure II: Lei Pūlamahia
  • 2003: Cool Elevation
  • 2001: Treasure
  • 2000: Home for the Holidays
  • 1999: Ho'okena 5
  • 1996: Ho‘okamaha‘o
  • 1993: Nā Kai Ewalu
  • 1991: Choice of the Heart
  • 1990: Thirst Quencher!

Music awards[edit]

Ho'okena at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards New York City 2018

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards[edit]

The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are the premier music awards in Hawaii and are Hawaii's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. The awards are presented to the musicians exemplifying the best work in their class.

  • 1991: Thirst Quencher! - Most Promising Artist
  • 1991: Thirst Quencher! - Group Of The Year
  • 1991: Thirst Quencher! - Traditional Hawaiian Album Of The Year
  • 2000: Ho‘okena 5 - Hawaiian Language Performance
  • 2001: Home for the Holidays - Christmas Album Of The Year
  • 2010: Nani Mau Loa - Everlasting Beauty - Hawaiian Language Performance
  • 2010: Nani Mau Loa - Everlasting Beauty - Group Of The Year


  1. ^ "Horace Dudoit". Big Island Now | Horace Dudoit. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Ho'okena music, videos, stats, and photos". Last.fm. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ November 28, 2017; November 28, 2017 Updated; 2017 12:04pm (2017-11-28). "Bruno Mars, Ho'okena, Josh Tatofi receive Grammy nominations". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (2011-02-04). "Daniel Ho and Hawaiian Music at the Grammys". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ "Hawaiian music's finest honored at 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards". Hawaii News Now. May 31, 2010. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  6. ^ "Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features". archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  7. ^ "The Honolulu Advertiser - Entertainment/TGIF". the.honoluluadvertiser.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  8. ^ "Grammy nominee Ho'okena to perform Hawaiian music at Soka in Aliso Viejo". Orange County Register. 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  9. ^ ldavis (2013-10-07). "Dancing the hula at Carnegie Hall". Linfield News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  10. ^ "Josh Turner on How Hawaii, the South & a Failed Relationship Impacted His New Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  11. ^ Monday, JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald |; April 2; 2018; A.m, 12:05 (2018-04-02). "Honoring the originals". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved 2019-03-16.