“Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui”, the second CD produced by UH Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, has received two nominations for the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards – in the “Compilation Album of the Year” and “Hawaiian Language Performance” categories. The finalists for Hawai‘i’s most prestigious music awards were announced today, and the final ballots sent to members of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts this week. The CD is entered in one additional category – Engineering – but the final nominees for that category will not be announced until later this month.
“We are obviously thrilled by these nominations. It’s a testament to the hard work that our students put into the project, with the help and support of their instructors and music industry mentors,” said Dr. Keola Donaghy, faculty coordinator of the Institute of Hawaiian Music. “We’re especially grateful to Joel Katz, Halemanu Villarimo, and Kenneth Makaukāne for their exceptional efforts in engineering and other contributions to the recording,” he added.