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1997 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
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The awards ceremony for the 20th annual Hoku Awards took place on two different nights. The award ceremony on May 20, 1997 included the technical, anthology, scholarship, and special awards, and it also included performances by winners from previous years. The award ceremony on May 21, 1997 included the awards for best performances, haku mele, favorite entertainer, and lifetime achievement. Both events were held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Here are all of the winners of the 1997 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Best Album Hoku Awards

1997 Album of the Year (Tie)
In Dis Life by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
ALBUM TITLE: In Dis Life
ARTIST: Israel Kamakawiwoole
LABEL: Mountain Apple Company
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Past "Best Album" Winners


1997 Album of the Year (Tie)
Hahani Mai by Kekuhi Kanahele
ALBUM TITLE: Hahani Mai
ARTIST: Kekuhi Kanahele
LABEL: Punahele Productions
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Past "Best Album" Winners


1997 Anthology Album of the Year
Anthology I: 1984-1996 by Ne Leo Pilimehana
ALBUM: Anthology I 1984-1996
ARTIST: Na Leo Pilimehana
LABEL: Na Leo Pilimehana
PRODUCERS: Na Leo Pilimehana and Kenneth Makuakane
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Past "Best Anthology Album" Winners


1997 Christmas Album of the Year
ALBUM TITLE: Ki Ho'alu Christmas
ARTIST: various artists
PRODUCER: Dancing Cat Records
LABEL: Dancing Cat Records
Past "Best Christmas Album" Winners

1997 Comedy Album of the Year
ALBUM TITLE: Mary Tunta
COMEDIAN: Frank DeLima
LABEL: Pocholinga Productions
Past "Best Comedy Album" Winners

1997 Contemporary Album of the Year
ALBUM TITLE: Acoustic Soul
ARTIST: John Cruz
LABEL: Lilikoi Records
Past "Best Contemporary Album" Winners

1997 Hawaiian Album of the Year
ALBUM TITLE: Kuikawa
ARTISTS: Makaha Sons
PRODUCER: Hahani Mai
LABEL: Poki Records
Past "Best Hawaiian Album" Winners

1997 Instrumental of the Year
Pure Slack Key Featuring Jeff Peterson
ALBUM TITLE: Aloha No Na Kupuna
IN ENGLISH: Love for the Elders
ARTIST: George Kuo
PRODUCER: Mana'olana
LABEL: Windham Hill / Dancing Cat Records
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Past "Best Instrumental Album" Winners


1997 Island Contemporary Album of the Year
In Dis Life by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
ALBUM TITLE: In Dis Life
ARTIST: Israel Kamakawiwoole
LABEL: Mountain Apple Company
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Past "Island Contemporary" Winners


1997 Religious Album of the Year
ALBUM TITLE: Praising Him Island Style
ARTIST: various artists
LABEL: Quiet Storm Records
Past "Best Religious Album" Winners

Best Song Hoku Awards

1997 Song of the Year
SONG TITLE: Molokai Slide
ARTIST: Ehukai
ALBUM TITLE: "Ehukai"
LABEL: Starline Records
Past "Song of the Year" Winners

1997 Haku Mele Award
SONG TITLE: Lihau
COMPOSERS: Kihei deSilva and Moe Keale
ALBUM TITLE: "Imagine"
ARTIST: Moe Keale
LABEL: Paani Records
Past "Haku Mele" Winners

1997 Single of the Year
SONG TITLE: Molokai Slide
ARTIST: Ehukai
ALBUM TITLE: "Moloka'i Slide"
Past "Best Single" Winners

Best Artist Hoku Awards

1997 Most Promising Artist
ARTIST: John Cruz
ALBUM TITLE: Acoustic Soul
LABEL: Lilikoi Records
Past "Most Promising Artist" Winners

1997 Group of the Year (Tie)
GROUP: Hoopii Brothers
ALBUM TITLE: Hoomau - To Perpetuate
LABEL: Mountain Apple Company
Past "Best Group" Winners

1997 Group of the Year (Tie)
GROUP: Ehukai
ALBUM TITLE: Ehukai
LABEL: Starlfine Records
Past "Best Group" Winners

1997 Female Vocalist of the Year
ARTIST: Darlene Ahuna
ALBUM TITLE: "Kuu Lei Poina Ole"
LABEL: Hula Records
Past "Best Female Vocalist" Winners

1997 Male Vocalist of the Year
In Dis Life by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
ARTIST: Israel Kamakawiwoole
ALBUM TITLE: In Dis Life
LABEL: Mountain Apple Company
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Past "Best Male Vocalist" Winners


1997 Favorite Entertainer of the Year (Public Vote)
Israel Kamakawiwoole
Past "Favorite Entertainer" Winners

Technical Hoku Awards

1997 Best Engineered Album Award
ENGINEERS: D.J. Pratt and Dave Tucciarone
ALBUM: "Kukawa"
ARTISTS: Makaha Sons
PRODUCER: Kuikawa
Past "Best Engineered Album" Winners

1997 Best Liner Notes Award
WRITER: Harry B. Soria, Jr.
ALBUM TITLE: "Music Of George Helm: A True Hawaiian"
PRODUCER: Ho'omau
Past "Best Liner Notes" Winners

1997 Best Graphics Award
In Dis Life by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
GRAPHIC ARTISTS: Israel Kamakawiwoole and Jon de Mello
ALBUM TITLE: In Dis Life
MUSIC ARTIST: Israel Kamakawiwoole
LABEL: Mountain Apple Company
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Past "Best Album" Winners


Special Hoku Awards

1997 Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Alfred Apaka
  • Gabby Pahinui
    Past "Lifetime Achievement" Winners

    1997 ASCAP Award
    Auntie Irmgard Aluli
    Past "ASCAP Award" Winners

    1997 Ki Ho'alu Award
    Cyril Pahinui
    Past "Ki Ho Alu Award" Winners



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    See also:
  • Nominees for 1997 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Year
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Category
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - by Artist



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