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Institute of Hawaiian Music students

Aloha ʻIaʻO Maui, the second CD produced by the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, has received two nominations for the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, in the Compilation Album of the Year and Hawaiian Language Performance categories. The CD is entered in one additional category—Engineering—but the final nominees for that category will not be announced until later this month.

Aloha ʻIaʻO Maui CD cover

“We are obviously thrilled by these nominations,” said Keola Donaghy, faculty coordinator of the Institute of Hawaiian Music. “It’s a testament to the hard work that our students put into the project, with the help and support of their instructors and music industry mentors. We’re especially grateful to Joel Katz, Halemanu Villarimo, and Kenneth Makaukāne for their exceptional efforts in engineering and other contributions to the recording,” he added.

Perpetuating and preserving Hawaiian music

The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Students selected for the program will receive exclusive opportunities to receive personal training, guidance, and knowledge through these mentor-mentee relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an academic subject certificate in Hawaiian music.

To receive additional information about the program and to reserve a spot in audition, contact the Institute of Hawaiian Music via email or call (808) 984-3570. For more information, visit the Institute of Hawaiian Music website.

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