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Wayne Harada - Ho‘okena: "Cool with the moonlighting
Little-known fact: Glen Smith of Ho‘okena performs on three of the five nominated CDs — including his group's "Cool Elevation" — in the Hawaiian music Grammy Award to be announced Sunday.

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Tim Ryan - "Grammy nod elevates Ho‘okena’s cool'
Manu Boyd leans back in his chair in a 12th-floor downtown Honolulu office and stares toward Diamond Head. The public information officer for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs seems to have something serious on his mind.

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AP - Isle musicians hail Hawaiian Grammy as win for all
The local music industry yesterday celebrated the first nominees for the new Hawaiian music Grammy Award.

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Derek Paiva's announcement that Ho‘okena is among 5 Hawaiian nominees for a Grammy
Five recordings have been nominated for the first Grammy Award for best Hawaiian album of the year.

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Wanda A. Adams' interview with Manu before Merrie Monarch 2003
This is Manu Boyd at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival: on camera explaining the hidden meaning of a song or the style of a chant, rushing to the microphone to join the other members of Ho‘okena to play for a Miss Aloha Hula contestant, scurrying around backstage with his director in his earpiece — "We need an interview, who ya got? Who ya got? Who ya got?" And after all that, hitting the beer and pupu with his pals and rising to do it all again.

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John Berger's interview with Manu about ‘Aha Mele IV and Ho‘okena
Boyd will wear two of those three hats this weekend when Hookena joins the halau in Aha Mele IV, a fund-raising concert to support the halau's cultural and educational activities.

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John Berger's review of "Ho‘okamaha‘o"
The four members of the multi-Hōkū Award-winning group were contemplating the start of their second decade together while enjoying a light dinner at a Ward Centre restaurant. It's been 10 years and four beautifully crafted albums since they debuted (as Kipona Leo Hawai‘i) in a Hawaiian-language song contest. A spirited rendition of Lot Keaweʻs kaona-rich song, "Ho‘okena," helped power them to victory and inspired the name change.

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John Berger's article and review of "Ho‘okena 5"
The arrangements evoke memories of the Brothers Cazimero but the distinctive voices definitely belong to Ho‘okena as the Hōkū Award-winning group returns with its fifth album.

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Derek Paiva's article about Ho‘okena's appearance in The Hawai‘i Theatre's Hana Hou! Series
"The series is very supportive of Hawaiian music," says Boyd. "We live in a time when there are a lot of outside influences and distractions as far as the music goes that kind of take people away from the essence of what our island heritage is all about. The Hana Hou! series, because it focuses on groups that do a lot of Hawaiian language music, gives a chance for the music to be seen in the premiere venue in Hawai‘i."

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Wayne Harada's interview with Nani Dudoit
Dudoit's only"regular" stint is with Hookena, the popular vocal fivesome featured in the next Hana Hou evening of Hawaiiana Friday at Hawaii Theatre. But that's because of ‘ohana.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency whose mandate is to improve the condition of native Hawaiians.

http://www.oha.org

NahenaheNet
NahenaheNet is a site created and maintained by Keola Donaghy for and about the Hawaiian music community. He has created an excellent site that contains upcoming album information, album reviews, artist links and much more.

http://www.nahenahe.net

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