In Hawaii there's this annual thing called "The Hokus", short for Na Hoku o Hawaii Music Festival... kind of Hawaii's version of the Grammy's. Local music in Hawaii has a style of its own, and we definitely aren't represented properly in the Hawaiian music category of the real Grammy's... all the more reason why the Hoku's are so cool in Hawaii. Pretty much the who's who of Hawaii music are in attendance at the awards show, and as long as you fill out your paperwork properly, sold records, and are down to rep yourself (as opposed to those who WANT to remain underground), if you're somebody in 808 music, you'll be at the Hokus.
This year I've been nominated for 2 awards! Most Promising Artist, and Contemporary Album of the Year. Its pretty cool for me, since I was a little kid I used to watch my aunty Nalani and Na Leo on the Hoku's. Now I'm going to be there, nominated, and I've been asked to perform LIVE on the Tv program. That's going to be nuts. The Green will be backing me, and we're going to do a unique version of the Hawaii hit, "Big Deal". (Been watching Beyonce live in DVD, and I'm ultra inspired! LOL)
So May 30th, if you in Hawaii watch the program... not sure if its going to be streaming live for mainland, but I'll def be filling you in via Twitter and such. (@anuheajams).
Also if you guys want something fun and different to do, come attend the HOku's! Anyone can come to the show... its pretty cool! I attended last year. Its almost like prom again! But you get to get dressed up all fancy, choke local celebs around, drinks, meals, entertainment, etc. Tickets to the event, and other events throughout the week can be found on: www.NaHokuOHawaiiMusicFestival.com!
For real, check it out.
Also, check this commercial for it... can you see me? lol
In the meantime, I gotta practice the show, figure out what I, AND the boys in the band are going to be WEARING, (I'm thinking I wear bright yellow, green or blue with the boys in dark gray..), and all the other details.
I have some shows coming up with the Mana Maoli Collective. Read about them under "Shows" on this page... but I get to go to Big Island and play with them in couple weeks, show on Oahu, and one on Maui the night before the HOku's actually.
We're going to Moloka'i on Friday night too! Should be mean. Moloka'i is the "Friendly Isle" in Hawaii, small, super laid back, and its very exciting when a band comes to play at their one bar, Paddlers. So The Green and I are playing on Friday. Should be ridiculous. Can't wait to stock up on that 'ono Molokai sweet bread.
Looking forward to The Surf Roots Tour that I'm headlining starting July. Its official, The Green is coming too! Stoked to hana hou this time with all that we've learned from the Right Love Tour... how to live on the bus, how to perform, to travel, to get along, to stay healthy, etc. This time it should be a fine-tuned machine! So final line up for the Resin Music Surf Roots Tour!:
and a local band in every city we go to.
Get ready, dates and venues for the country-wide tour will be released hopefully next week! Cheeeee!!!!
More later... love you all and mahalo nui for all the continued support!