As if being featured on the soundtrack of The Descendants wasn’t enough of an honor, two Hawaii musicians got even more good news when they recently found out they were each nominated for a Grammy award.
World-renown slack key guitarist Keola Beamer’s album Malama Ko Aloha and Weldon Kekauoha’s Pilialoha album are up for the Best Regional Roots Music Album category. It’s a new category that the award show created last year when Hawaiian music was dropped from the awards pool. The roots category includes traditional music that’s regionally recorded, with a wide range of genres.
Even the Descendants soundtrack itself picked up a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. The “visual media” part being – of course – the movie, which stars George Clooney and was filmed on Oahu and Kauai. Hawaii writer Kaui Hart Hemmings actually wrote the novel upon which the screenplay’s based.
The Descendants is essentially the first mainstream movie with a soundtrack featuring entirely Hawaiian music. In addition to Keola and Weldon, the soundtrack features Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui, Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Lena Machado, Sonny Willingworth and Rev. Dennis Kamakahi.
We’ll find out the winners during the February broadcast. Good luck to the nominees!