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Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Announces Music Lineup. This Year’s Theme of Unity Will Unite Nominees & Previous Winners.

Honolulu, HI, May 24, 2009 --( The 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is bringing together an array of talented musicians for this year’s ceremony, which will include uniting past Na Hoku Hanohano winners with present nominees for a sensational show.

“We want to make this a very special evening by entertaining our nominees and guests with something unique and different this year,” says Pali Ka'aihue, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Board vice president. “By uniting many past winners and present nominees in one performance, we embrace this year’s theme of unity by sharing - I Ho‘okahikahi Ka Mana‘o – with solidarity of mind- and I Ho‘okahikahi Pu‘uwai – with solidarity of heart.”

This year’s performers will include former Hawaii Calls performers Nina Keali'iwahamana, Iwalani Kahalewai, Joe Recca, Jeff Au Hoy, Gary Aiko, and Ha‘a Heyer, Boyce Rodrigues, Natalie Ai Kamauu and Jeff Rassmussen. The Hawaii Calls radio program ran from 1935 – 1975, and brought Hawaiian music to audiences worldwide. Also performing is Teresa Bright, Kit Ebersbach, and Stephen Jones, Holunape, Diana Aki, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, and Amy Hanaiali'i, Rebel Soljaz and Sean Na'auao, Tony Conjugacion with Manoa DNA, Kupaoa and Darren Benitez and Slack Key Kings with Kalei Gamiao.

The 32nd Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is being held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 in a gala event at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawai‘i Ballrooms. The event is sponsored by Kintetsu International Hawaii Company, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines, Heineken, Visionary Related Entertainment Hawaii (VRE), Barefoot Wines, Cox Radio, and Hawaii Pacific Entertainment.

Tickets are available for purchase for $125.00 and $200.00, with other sponsorship levels available. For reservations or more information contact The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) office at (808) 593-9424 or visit

Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts members will vote in 24 categories, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year. A panel of Hawaiian music and language specialists will select the final nominees and winners for the Haku Mele and Hawaiian Language Performance awards.

A complete list of the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards nominees is available or viewing at

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