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Nā Hokū Hanohano Award Winners

tell-u-whatI managed to tune into the Hokūs for an hour or two last night and see some of the awards and performances. Of course I missed the ‘ukulele-related awards (as it seems I do every year), but what I did see was very interesting. This year there seemed to be more performances by non-Hawaiian music artists like Mike Love and Erika Elona. It’s great to see the local music scene adapt instead of taking the “Oh, well, it’s not Hawaiian” stance.

This year, Hawai‘i Island’s own, Brittni Paiva represented well and took home the awards for Instrumental Composition of the Year for her song “Tell U What” and ‘Ukulele Album of the Year for her album of the same name. I’m so happy for her. “Tell U What” was a killer album in my opinion that really pushed the production envelope and showed how the ‘ukulele could be a vehicle for the music and not a slave to it. Well deserved. Bravo, Brittni!

The rest of the winners can be found at Honolulu Pulse.

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

2 comments… add one
  • David Smyth Jun 4, 2013, 5:57 am

    Congratulations to Brittni Paiva

  • Loren Jun 4, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I’m glad to see that Brittni Paiva took home the award, she is one of my favorite artists. My disappointment is she (as well as a lot of other top ukuleleist) are incorporating more of other instruments into their music. I’m a huge fan of instrumentals with the ukulele as a single instrument, which to me brings out the true beauty of the sound, and shows the talent of the artist better. I’d love to see her do more albums with straight ukulele, or use a loop for ukulele background which she does so well.

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