Daniel Ho, Tia, Peterson and more Garner Grammy Nod

Daniel Ho, Tia, Peterson and more Garner Grammy Nod

Time has arrived again to review the albums selected for this year’s Hawaiian Grammy Award, something that could come in handy this week as you’re looking for the gift of song for the music enthusiast on your list.
First up, and hard to overlook, is Tia Carrere’s follow up album (to her ‘ikena LP that took home last years Grammy), entitled Huana Ke aloha. The album features arrangements and accompaniment by Carrere’s long time pal and collaborator, Daniel Ho. (Ho himself has garnered a number of Grammy’s since the category was launched, mostly for his production work.)


Huana Ke Aloha features the delicate vocal work of Carrere, who is clearly cultivating and evolving an already-impressive range of musical styling. To drive home the authenticity of Carrere as a born-and-raised Hawaiian, Ho tapped lyricist, Native Hawaiian linguist and professor Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, to contributed to the effort. (Stillman aided Ho on his translation of Prince/Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares to You”, which he performed for the musical score on Forgetting Sarah Marshall.)


The album's selections lean toward the lullabies, with interpreted works by the likes of Beethoven, Puccini, Schumann, Brahms as well as legit lullaby works like “Rock-a-bye-baby” and “Greensleeves.”


Stillman says the following in the album liner notes: Suitable for lulling children into sweet dreams, these new Hawaiian-language songs also speak to adult yearnings for refuge from the tides of chaos and the whirlwinds of everyday life. Experience one facet of kaona—of multiple meanings at play.
In traditional lullabies, uncomplicated perspectives envelope listeners, and gently nurture our souls. To convey these expressions of comfort and refuge, the musical settings of the songs here are exactly the opposite of uncomplicated.

Ho is also on the receiving end of a second Grammy nomination, this time for the first ever ukulele album to be nominated for the award. Polani features original compositions as well as Hawaiian covers, including "Ahe Lau Makani", as composed by Queen Lili'uokalani.

Next up for nominees in 2011 are Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom for her Jeff Peterson-produced Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i. The album features fretwork by “masters” of ki ho alu (slack key) including Cyril Pahinui, Sonny Lim, Chino Montero and Dennis Kamakahi (Peterson also performs on the album).

The Legend by Led Kaapana is the next album nominated, which features the eloquent 6-string musings of this guitarist who plays both originals and Hawaiian standard instrumentals. Kaapana was also nominated last year for his Force of Nature album.

Finally, Peterson’s own Maui on my Mind LP takes the final nominee slot this upcoming year. Having played for presidents and ambassadors around the world, Peterson flexes his impressive slack key styling in this acoustic album that boasts Hawaiian favorites, as well as covers that includes works by Neil Young.

"Suitable for lulling children into sweet dreams, these new Hawaiian-language songs also speak to adult yearnings for refuge from the tides of chaos..." —Stillman