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Celebrating Song

Three Molokai musicians get Na Hoku nominations.

The Friendly Island will be well represented at the 35th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The Awards Show, hosted by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), is an annual event held to celebrate “the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha,” according to their website.

This year’s awards span 27 categories, and artists must submit their work to HARA’s Board of Governors in advance to be considered for nominations. Molokai natives Raiatea Helm, Eddie Tanaka and Kanoho Helm have each qualified as finalists in various categories in this year’s nominations, from Island Music Album of the year to Favorite Entertainer. The three-day event featuring workshops, awards and entertainment, will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from May 25-27. The awards show will be telecast live on KFVE starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Dispatch caught up with the three artists for Q and A about their nominations and careers.  See here for their interviews:

Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm

Eddie Akio Waimakanui Tanaka, Jr. 

Kanohowailuku Helm


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