With a commitment to keep Hawai‘i’s music and mo‘olelo alive, the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) presents a new talk story and concert series, Hōkū Nights. Every first Friday of the month from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. on KFVE, Hōkū Nights features music from Hawai‘i’s music legends and emerging recording artists and interviews hosted by McKenna Maduli from Hawai‘i News Now’s Talk Story. Tune in to hear what they’ve been up to since the pandemic started, why music is important to them, and some of the driving forces behind their mele.

Hōkū Nights was filmed at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Kaka‘ako – a space designed to inspire and support the 54,000 creatives in the state of Hawai‘i,17,000 of which are performing artists.

A special mahalo to The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Fabbit, Department of Economic Business and Development, Creative Industries Hawai‘i, HTDC, and Music & Entertainment Learning Experience for their commitment to honor Hawai‘i’s talented artists.

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards trace their origins to 1978 and KCCN-AM Radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station.

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts also directs programs to promote quality and growth in the recording and music industries in Hawai‘i. In conjunction with Tropical Music, Inc., Hawai‘i state universities and colleges, the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts awards scholarships annually.

The Academy has conducted seminars and panel sessions on the music and recording business with the Recording Academy and the Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board. In conjunction with the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and Hawai‘i book, fashion and food groups, it participates in events and projects promoting Hawai‘i product.

A separate ceremony for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards honors Hawai‘i recording industry pioneers and veterans, who are also acknowledged during the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards live broadcast.



HARA encourages members to upload or mail in your photos (do not send originals, we will not return them) to include in the HARA Photo Archive and web site.