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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2012 HOKU AWARDS HANA?HOU | 1. Haumea Hebenstreit Ho shared a table with four of the Aliis — LD Cabral, left, founding member Benny Chong, Bobby King and Danny Couch — at the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards May 27 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Chong won for jazz album of the year. The group, which captured two Hokus in 1982, received a long-overdue lifetime achievement award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts earlier this year. Ho's husband, the late Don Ho, received the Sidney Grayson Award, now known as the lifetime achievement award, in 1979 and won a Hoku for single of the year in 1989.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. Harry B. Soria Jr., left, kumu hula Sonny Ching and David Kamakahi met near the bar outside the ballroom. All three are Hoku Award winners from previous years — Soria as a record producer and liner notes writer, Ching as a liner notes writer and Kamakahi as a solo recording artist.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. Videographer Kini, center, documented the event for Slapp Symphony — Let-T-Let, left, and Westbrook. The "Support Local Music" cap Westbrook is wearing is a prototype item for an upcoming campaign to promote music of all types in Hawaii.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Youthful slack-key master Makana, left, talked with Ki Ho‘alu Foundation President and CEO Milton Lau and Maui Arts & Cultural Center President &?CEO Arthur Vento after receiving the 2012 Ki Ho‘alu Foundation Legacy Award. Makana received the culturally important honor during the untelevised part of the award presentations, so few people heard him acknowledge Sonny Chillingworth, Raymond Kane and "Uncle Bobby" Moderow Jr. as mentors who encouraged his early interest in slack key.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Mailani Makainai, a multiple Hoku Award winner in previous years as a solo artist and member of Keahiwai, struck a pose with her fashion consultants Cliff Duldulao, left, and Ralph Malani. Makainai joined the members of Waipuna onstage during the televised part of the awards show for a rendition of "He‘eia" that was one of the highlights of the evening.