About The Event

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is proud to announce the very special 30th Annual Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana Hawaiian music competition, to be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Hawaii Theatre.

Come and celebrate 30 years of Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana with us as we watch and listen to the beautiful sounds of this year’s contestants who will perform in the traditional “nahenahe” style, each group with their own distinctive twist.

In the past, Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana has served as a proving ground for artists who went on become some of the most well-known names in contemporary Hawaiian music, including Holunape, Ho’okena, Pilioha, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, Kanilau and many others.

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History of Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana

Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana was founded by Richard M. Towill, and features undiscovered Hawaiian music groups performing in the “nahenahe” style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form that features sweet vocal harmony and is supported by unamplified acoustic instruments.
The purpose of this competition is to encourage the singing of Hawaiian music in the traditional manner without microphones, to provide opportunities to discover talent, and to share happy memories with all of us as we enjoy our senses of sound, sight, and scent. The world is now overwhelmed with far too much loud noise. We are bombarded by so many noxious sounds today that we seldom experience the joy of listening. It is not necessary to force music upon others with loud speakers, for if singing has quality, people will become quiet and listen. No other sounds in this world are more beautiful than natural human voices, and excellence commands attention. Because we often forget the style of music that came before, this contest is intended to provide a balance in the music offered in our islands today.

Tickets will soon be available for purchase at the Hawai’i Theatre Box Office:
http://www.hawaiitheatre.com/category/box-office/

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Past Honorees and Winners

 

  • 2013- Leo Nahenahe Singers
  • 2012- Mahi Beamer
  • 2011- Edward and Genoa Keawe
  • 2010- Eddie Kamae
  • 2009- Nola Nahulu
  • 2008- Kuuipo Kumukahi
  • 2007- Aaron Mahi
  • 2006- Charles E.
  • 2005- N/A
  • 2004- C. Keola Beamer
  • 2003- Nona Kapuailohia Desha Beamer
  • 2002- Lena Kaulumau Waialeale Machado
  • 2001- Haunani Apoliona
  • 2000- Juliette Montague Cooke
  • 1999- Nina Kealiiwahamana
  • 1983- Alice Namakelua
  • 1995- Victoria “Aunty Vickie” l’i Rodnques
  • 1994- Bill Kaiwa
  • 1993- Helen Desha Beamer
  • 1992- Katherine Kamalukukui “Kupuna” Maunakea
  • 1991- Clyde “Kindy” Sproat
  • 1990- Raymond “Ray” Kinney
  • 1989- lmgard Farden Aluli
  • 1988- Charles Keanaohalaulani Lelewllyn Davis
  • 1987- Soloman Kamaluhia Kekipi Ke Aliikaapuni Bright
  • 1986- Andrew Kealoha Cummings
  • 1985- Mary Kawena Pukui
  • 1984- John K. Almeida
  • 1983- Alice Namakelua

 

 

  • 2013- Kaiao
  • 2012- Kuini
  • 2011- Mokoli’i (Kuni Agard, Dr. Isaac Akuna, Eddie Palama, Alika Souza, and Nathaniel Stillman)
  • 2010- Ho’opi’i ‘Ohana (Robert Ho’opi’i, Leila Moa (Ho’opi’i), Lopaka Ho’opi’i, Kauhi Ho’opi’i, Taylor Ho’opi’i)
  • 2009- Kaiholu (Trax Enos, Al Rowland, Hanale Ka’anapu, and Mahealani Stillman)
  • 2008- Keauhou (Aina Asing, Zachary Lum, Kaipo Tilton, and Kahanuola Solatorio)
  • 2007- UH Hawaiian Combo (Justin Ka’upu, Sophronia Smith, Chadwick Pang, Rosanna Perch, Mamina Koga)
  • 2006- Pilialoha (Glenn Mayeda Jr., Kamuela Kimokeo, & Gary Kalehua Krug Jr.)
  • 2005- N/A
  • 2004- Holunape (Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Kana’ia Nakamura, Kama Hopkins, & Jeff Au Hoy)
  • 2003- 20th Anniversary Concert
  • 2002- Kamalani (Zelie Kawai’ae’a, Sheny Kaku, Gigi Paleka)
  • 2001- Ho’omali (Harry Koizumi, John Aniu, Mark Kauwe, & Kimo Hussey)
  • 2000- Lihua (Kapalai de Silva, Kau’i Awana, Wailana Cabalem, & Polani Chee)
  • 1999- Pai’ea (Dean Vl?lhelm, Barret Awai, & Stewart Kawakami)
  • 1998- Ale’a (Kale Hannahs, Ryan Gonzales, Chad Takatsugi, & Kalai Stem)
  • 1997- Na Pu’ukani (T weety Kaluahine-Juarez, Jeniel Kanahele-Sika & Benny Kai)
  • 1996- Pa’ahana (Douglas Po’0loa Tolentino & Pakala Femandes)
  • 1995- Kanilau (Roland Chang, Noelani Chang, Alapai Artis, & Kimo Artis)
  • 1994- Moana Chang & Family (Moana Chang, Frank Keli’i Chang lll, Randy Kaulana Chang, Bruce Kahana Chang, & Jonathan Keoni Chang)
  • 1993- The Kanile’a Collection (Jay Kauka, Brian Mersberg, & Eric Lee)
  • 1992- La’akea (Kalei Ching, Robert Kalanui, Blanine Kia, Buzzy Winchester, & Joey Winchester)
  • 1991- Pomaika’;’ (Warren S.K. Naipo & Delmann P- Naipo)
  • 1990- Hoahanau (Perry Artates & Peter “Pekelo” Cosma)
  • 1989- Na ‘lke (Joseph Winchester, Ha’a|ilio Heyer, & Douglas Tolentino)
  • 1988- Kamaka, Beazley & Kumukahi (Delwin Beazley, Chris Kamaka, & Kuuipo Kumukahi)
  • 1987- Malie (James Ekolu Panui ll, Larry Keli’i Duhaylongsod, & Nathan L. Kahikolu Kahapea Kalama)
  • 1986- Kipona Leo Hawai’i (William Aarona, Manu Boyd, Horace Dudoit & Chris Kamaka)
  • 1985- Kahanakealoha Serenaders (Huali’i Lum, Douglas Tolentino, Shirly Ryan, Albert Winchester, & Joe Vl?nchester)
  • 1984- Na Wahine Lei Nani (Phyliss Gomes, Mililani Trask, Colleen Kelly, & Piikea Miyamoto)
  • 1983- Waikahe (Misty Kelai, Jodi Reeves, Suzanne Ka’upu, Leslie Santos, Helen Ka’upu, Linda Nahulu, Lisanne Ka’upu, & Nola Nahulu) Honorees

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THE HAWAIIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME NOW ACCEPTING CONTESTANT APPLICATIONS
FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL KA HĪMENI ‘ANA MUSIC COMPETITION

pdf_icon Ka Himeni Ana 2014 Contestant Application Form

HONOLULU, HI (April 2, 2014) – This year marks a milestone for the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, which will celebrate 30 years of the annual Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana Hawaiian Music Competition on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Hawaii Theatre. The special competition, with a focus on unamplified “nahenahe” Hawaiian music—the distinctive music form that features sweet, vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments—is now calling for contestants to showcase their talents.

A prestigious and beloved local event, Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana has been a launching pad for winning artists to thrive and become well-known names in the contemporary Hawaiian music scene. Past winners include Holunape, Ho‘okena, Pilioha, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Kanilau and many others.

Manu Boyd, the master of ceremonies and winner of the 1986 Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana states, “Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana encouraged many to take a chance at singing traditional unamplified music. From this have come nearly 30 winning performances and performing ensembles, many of whom went on to record music. That music has impacted the world through an explosion of interest in Hawaiian music, hula, language and more.”

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is now accepting and reviewing submissions from potential competing groups (no solo acts). Those who are interested should send in an application and recording of their music before or on the deadline date of Friday, July 25, 2014.

Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana rules:

  1. Competition is open to Hawaiian music groups containing 2-5 members (no solo acts).
  2. At least half of the group members must perform with and play an instrument.
  3. Instruments shall be acoustic. No electric or amplified instruments. However, the Hawaiian steel guitar may use a small amplifier.
  4. No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.
  5. Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.
  6. Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945. If the selection is post-1945 or is a new original composition, it shall be in the “nahenahe” style.
  7. Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests, individual singers may participate as members of other groups.
  8. The First Place winning group will return as a special guest to perform at next year’s (2015) contest.
  9. The contest will be video recorded and each group will be provided an edited DVD of the contest.
  10. All contestants are responsible for bringing their own instruments, as well providing for their own travel and lodging.

Contestants vie for cash prizes:

First place prize includes a $1,200 cash prize and more.

Second and third place prizes are $800 and $600, respectively.

To apply as a contestant, groups (no solo acts) with 2–5 members must submit a Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana contestant information form, along with a recording by email to kahimeniana@gmail.com or to:

Hawaii Pacific Entertainment
P.O. Box 30337
Honolulu, HI 96820

Drop offs are accepted at the HPE office at:

1050 Queen Street, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96814
Attn: Ka Himeni Ana 2014.

Application submission deadline is Friday, July 25, 2014.

For questions or more information, please visit www.kahimeniana.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/KaHimeniAna, or follow us on Twitter at @KaHimeniAna.

The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.

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PARTNERS


Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in May 1994 as a non-profit membership corporation in the state of Hawaii, and in the United States is tax exempt under IRS CODE 501©(3).  The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote,preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.  To inspire and engage new generation of Hawaiians in the perpetuation of Hawaii’s traditional music through performance and exhibit.  To create an interactive Hawaiian music center where the Hall of fame exhibits an be permanently housed, historic display space expanded, and Hawaiian music source information collected and made available to all who seek it.

Since 2006, Pakele Live has been sharing some of the best in Hawaii’s music to a global audience.  Watch televised episodes of Pakele Live on Oceanic OC16 (Channel,16, Digital 96 through its music, language and hula).  Hawaii’s arts and crafts play a part of the Pakele experience as well.  What makes the Pakele series very special is the fact that we are sharing with people around the world via the live internet streaming that takes place every Thursday night.  We’ve had viewers as close the neighbor islands and as far-reaching Japan, London, Australia and even those serving our nation in Iraq.

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The Winners:

FIRST PLACE:
Kaiao
The unplugged tribute to revered nahenahe Hawaiian singing was enthusiastically celebrated on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the historic Hawaii Theatre. Kaiao took the top honor out of seven competing groups, propelling group members Ku Souza (acoustic bass), Ekolu Chang (‘ukulele) and Liki Tavete (guitar) to the ranks of previous winners such as Holunape, Ho‘okena, Pilioha, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and many others.
SECOND PLACE:
Sons of Kapālama
This talented quartet is made up of Pomai Brown (steel guitar), Papaiano Kaowili (acoustic bass), Halemana Mullaney (‘ukulele) and Keliikai Paleka (guitar). Brown said, “[Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana] is something that we look forward to every year and we try think of how we can get better at it.”
THIRD PLACE:
Kono ‘Ohana
The Kono ‘Ohana is a father and son duo with Greg Kono (‘ukulele) and Grant Kono (acoustic bass). The elder Kono commented that the “whole experience was wonderful, from the music to the smell of the ginger and the lei. My son and I really enjoy Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana.”
For more information, please contact tiffany@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.
Join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/KaHimeniAna or follow us on Twitter at @KaHimeniAna.

 

About the Hawaiian Music
Hall of Fame:

The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.

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28TH ANNUAL KA HIMENI ANA MUSIC COMPETITION 2012 WINNERS

HONOLULU, HI (August 28, 2012) – The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame’s 28th Annual Ka Hïmeni ‘Ana Hawaiian music competition took place Saturday, August 25 at the historic Hawaii Theatre.

Ka Hïmeni ‘Ana, founded by Richard M. Towill, features Hawaiian music groups competing in the “nahenahe” style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form that features sweet vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments. Contestants are judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, song choice and overall musicianship.

The winning group, Kuini, impressed the judges with their versatility and skill and received a $1,200 cash prize and four round trip tickets, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines, to a Mainland destination of their choice. Second and third place contestants Kaulele and KomaKaKino received $800 and $600 cash prizes, respectively, with the other contestants receiving a consolation prize of $200.

“Kuini caught everybody’s attention. The projection of their singing was exceptional… they scored high because their appearance, stage presence and projection of sound was solid, and their choice of songs was moving,” said Aaron Mahi, one of the Ka Himeni Ana judges. “And if there was a popular vote, Kuini would have taken it hands down.”

The Winners:2012

FIRST PLACE:
Kuini
Kuini, comprised of Iwalani “Ho’o” Apo (ukulele), Keli Mahealani Viernes (upright bass) and Kapulanakehau Tamure (guitar), was formed by accident. When asked their name at a party they played at, the word “kuini” (queen) came up, since all the band members are transgendered. And that name has stuck ever since. Through Hawaiian music, the trio keeps their kupuna’s memories of old names, historic events and romantic drama alive.
SECOND PLACE:
Kaulele
Kaulele (it means “to soar; to accent in music”) formed to play music at Ka Hïmeni ‘Ana, but have all played for many years in their individual careers. Ka’imi Keohokalole (upright bass), Hiram Olsen (guitar) and Casey Olsen (steel guitar) are united in their love for Hawaiian music.
THIRD PLACE:
KomaKaKino
Their name means “The body has eyes,” and references each member of the Hilo-based group: Kyle Reid Koma Wana (guitar), Michael-John Kekeikiinamakaho‘olili DeMello (ukulele / bass) and Kinohi Pukaua o Kamehameha Neves (ukulele /bass). The members are all hula dancers, raised together, who love to sing, dance and haku mele.

About the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame:

The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.


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