Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
|Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in Hawaiian music|
|Presented by||Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts|
The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, occasionally called the Nā Hōkū Awards or Hōkū Awards, are the premier music awards in Hawaiʻi, and are the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. "Nā Hōkū Hanohano" means "Stars of Distinction" in Hawaiian – "hōkū" means "star", "nā" makes it plural, and "hanohano" means "glorious, worthy of praises". The awards were founded in 1978 by radio personality Krash Kealoha of KCCN-AM, a radio station which focused on traditional Hawaiian music.
The award winners are currently selected by the non-profit Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts, which was founded in 1982. The awards are presented each May, and the ceremony is televised. The 38th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on May 23, 2015. The event was televised live on KFVE-TV in Hawaiʻi and streamed online worldwide on the station's website.
The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards currently present awards in the following categories:
- Album of the Year (Artist and Producerʻs Award): Best produced album release
- EP (Extended Play) of the Year: Best release that contains more than three but no more than eight separate tracks, and is of less than 30 minutes in total playing time
- Single of the Year: Best Recorded performance of a song released as a single in either physical (CD) or digital format
- Song of the Year: (Composer’s Award) Best achievement in creating a first–time recorded song including words and music
- Instrumental Song of the Year: (Composerʻs Award) Best achievement in creating a first–time recorded instrumental composition
- Female Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a female artist
- Group of the Year: Best performance by a vocal duo or group
- Male Vocalist of the Year: Best performance by a male artist
- Most Promising Artist of the Year: Most promising first–recorded effort as a featured artist or group
- Favorite Entertainer of the Year: Selected by the general public
- Alternative Album of the Year: Best performance in an alternative style
- Anthology of the Year: Best album of previously released material
- Christmas Album of the Year: Best performance of music with a Christmas theme
- Comedy Album or DVD of the Year: Best comedy performance on an album or DVD
- Compilation Album of the Year: (Producerʻs Award) Best performance of newly released material by a minimum of three distinct artists
- Contemporary Album of the Year: Best performance of music in a contemporary style
- Hawaiian Album of the Year: Best performance of Hawaiian music
- Hip Hop Album of the Year: Best performance of music in a hip-hop style
- Instrumental Album of the Year: Best instrumental performance
- Island Music Album of the Year: Best contemporary performance of music of or about Hawai‘i
- Jazz Album of the Year: Best jazz performance
- Music Video DVD of the Year: Best performance of music and video on a DVD
- R&B Album of the Year: Best performance of music in a R&B style
- Reggae Album of the Year: Best reggae performance
- Religious Album of the Year: Best performance of religious material
- Rock Album of the Year: Best rock performance
- Slack Key Album of the Year: Best performance of slack key or vocals with slack key accompaniment
- Ukulele Album of the Year: Best ukulele performance
- Liner Notes: Best achievement in album annotation
- Graphics: Best achievement in album cover design
- Haku Mele: (Composer's Award) Best first–released song or chant primarily in the Hawaiian language
- Hawaiian Language Performance: (Artist Award) Best performance in the Hawaiian language
- Engineering Award: Best technical achievement in a sound recording and mix–down
- International Album of the Year: Best performance by non-U.S. performer(s) on an album or DVD whose tracks are at least 75% in the Hawaiian language or performed in slack key or Island Music styles
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