Wishing Kamaka Kukona aloha on his remarkable journey as kumu hula and recording artist. Already recognized as Best New Artist in Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, his debut album Hanu ʻAʻala is a nominee for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Regional Roots category. The album, reviewed here on January 2, 2014, is a gift of sonic fragrance.
Also wishing my dear friend Daniel Ho warmest aloha as he continues to spread his musical wings. With his collaborators Wu Man and Luis Conte–both superstars within their musical orbits, their album Our World in Song is a nominee in the Best World Music category.