Hananoʻeau, rock musician from the island of Maui, nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards
Island Rock musician Ka’imi Hanano’eau was nominated in the final ballot for the 44th
Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in the Alternative Album of the Year category for “Pohaku
This is Hanano’eau’s third appointment as a solo artist. The Maui-raised musician was also nominated in 2015 alongside his fellow rock / reggae band HiRiZ.
The awards ceremony for Hawaii’s Most Talented Musicians, Songwriters and Producers will take place in September, “pandemic permitting.”
Hanon’eau was nominated for Alternative Album with: Chroma (Vol. 1) by Sean Cleland (Sean Cleland Music LLC); Feels like home to Dustin Pacleb (Dustin Pacleb); Sanya by Sanya (unlabeled) and In Memory Of You by Layla Kilolu (unlabeled).
The full list of the latest Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ballots is here.
Hanano’eau’s recent album “Pohaku Motu” features a modern interpretation of classic songs from the Hawaiian trio such as “Pua Hone” by Dennis Kamakahi and “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” by Edith Kanakaole.
Although Hanano’eau calls his style “island rock with an edge,” incorporating elements of rock guitar and metallic percussion, the vocal delivery and song structure retain their original formats. With an alternate take on Hawaiian classics, Hanano’eau hopes to break down the boundaries on how Hawaiian music can be shared nationally and internationally.
Hanano’eau is a singer-songwriter, musician and sound engineer. He is the nephew of Aunty Napua Stevens, a beloved Hawaiian artist, who helped name him “Ka’imihanano’eau,” which translates to “Consistency and diligent effort through his ability to work, achieve, meditate and do with guidance, passing on knowledge and heritage from this generation to the next.
Hanano’eau started playing the ukulele at the age of five and got his first job at a production company / Hula Halau at the age of 14. By the time he graduated from high school, he had mastered the ukulele, bass, guitar, piano, and Tahitian percussion. . A graduate of Brigham Young University of Hawaii (BYUH) in La’ie, he received a BA in Music and Hawaiian Studies and trained in the Bel Canto style with voice teacher Neva Rego.
For more information, visit his website.