The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) announces a star-studded lineup for its second annual concert, Na Hoku Hou, featuring winners from the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts' Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
The concert will take place on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Featured artists who won 2012 awards include Robert Cazimero, Natalie Ai Kamau'u, Waipuna, Starr Kalahiki, Makana and Willie K's Warehouse Blues Band.
"We're pleased to host the second installment of what is sure to become an annual tradition for our Hawaiian music artists and their fans," said Art Vento, MACC president and CEO. "Think of it as your chance to see the annual winners of the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show each year, in one show, on our home island. Artists who are selected are recipients of current or past Na Hoku Hanohano Awards."
Starr Kalahiki, Most Promising Artist and Jazz Album of the Year.
Music legend Robert Cazimero is a singer, songwriter and kumu hula in addition to gaining worldwide fame as one-half of The Brothers Cazimero. This year, Robert won the award for Hawaiian Language Performance for his first solo album, "Hula." Together, Robert and Roland Cazimero have earned 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
Natalie Ai Kamau'u has won three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year: two for her previous solo albums, "'E" in 2006, "'I" in 2009, and this year for "'A." Natalie sings in Hawaiian and English.
Waipuna earned three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this year: Group of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year ("E Ho'i Mai") and Single of the Year ("'Aianahau"). Waipuna is a collaboration of three talented individuals--Kale Hannahs, Matt Sproat and David Kamakahi. Their musical backgrounds and taste in music have led to the development of a unique sound that draws comparisons to their name, Waipuna, or spring water.
Starr Kalahiki, who won Jazz Album of the Year with her debut release, "Salt," has been a singer for as long as she can remember. She has performed in six operas with Hawai'i Opera Theatre and in various theater productions, including 'Ulalena on Maui. She has fronted an alternative rock band, R&B group and funk band, and has now arrived as a jazz headliner. She also won this year's award for Most Promising Artist.
Makana is best known for his strong foundation in the tradition of ki ho'alu, getting his start as a professional musician at age 15 when he was called the "Ki Ho'alu Kid." For two decades, Makana has transcended typecasting in a music category by integrating elements of folk, rock, ethnic, classical, bluegrass, jazz and traditional Hawaiian to create a style all his own. For his musical accomplishments, he received the 2012 Ki Ho'alu Legacy Award at this year's Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
One of Hawai'i's best-loved musicians and all-around entertainers, Willie K, won this year's award for Rock Album of the Year with his latest release, "Warehouse Blues." Willie has now garnered 18 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards as a solo artist, a producer and in collaborations with other artists.
Na Hoku Hou is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and generously sponsored by County of Maui, KPOA FM and SpeediShuttle.
Tickets to Na Hoku Hou Award Winners Concert are $25 for general admission seating, $45 for reserved-table seating, and $75 for a limited number of exclusive VIP packages (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.