On May 23, 1976, the Hawaiian Music Awards Academy presented the 1st annual “NANI Awards”.
Founded by Tony Todaro and Paul Page, the organization’s stated goal was to reward excellence of artists & craftsman in the recording field.
But to many, the NANI Awards had the appearance of a small group trying to ignore the Hawaiian Renaissance, and instead cling to music of their time and liking.
Krash Kealoha soon created a promotion on KCCN Radio that ultimately resulted in the Hoku Awards.
While the NANI Awards eventually ceased, the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are still thriving to this very day.
But the NANI Awards did release an LP in conjunction with their 1st awards ceremony.
Today, we’ll share that historic “NANI Awards” 1976 recording.
This week's playlist:
1- Hawaii Aloha – Melveen Leed
2- Keep Your Eyes On The Hands – Alfred Apaka
3- Hanalei Moon – Likelike Weisbarth
4- Somewhere In Hawaii – Eddie Kekaula
5- Waipio – Eddie Kekaula
6- Hawaiian Cowboy – Sol K Bright
7- Tiare No Tahiti – Jerry Byrd
8- The Swaying Palms – South Point Hawaiians
9- Mr. Sun Cho Lee – Palani Vaughan
10- Hawaii Ponoi – Jack de Mello & Orchestra
Length: 55:30 Released on: 02-16-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Various Artists