Amy Hanaiali'i

Amy Hanaiali'i

 San Francisco, California, USA

Amy Hanaialii, Hawaiis top female vocalist and five-time GRAMMY nominee brings you some Hot Hawaiian Nights with hula and her love of Jazz, Pop, Hawaiian Tahitian. This year, shes headlined Blue Note Japan, Smithsonian, the Hawaii Presidential Inaugural Ball won Female Vocalist of the Year!


Winning the prestigious title of 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year Na Hoku Hanohano award, performing at the Hawaii State Presidential Inaugural Gala, headlining Blue Note & Cotton Club Japan, the Smithsonian Native American Museum, Maui Arts & Cultural Center and recording two albums, its been a hot Hawaiian year Amy Hanaialii.

With 12 albums, five Grammy nominations, 21 Na Hoku Hanohano awards, Amy's career has been motivated by her love of her Hawaiian heritage, her love of Jazz, R&B; and pop, and her ability to dominate the stage, sharing stories of her island upbringing and her beloved Grandmother and famed Hawaiian Hula entertainer, Tutu Napua Woodd.

Amy Hanaialiis talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences and heritage. Raised on the Island of Maui in Hawaii, Hanaialii was raised with the sounds of cultural chants, ancestral drum beats and kani ka pila (music played with family and friends; lit. to play music or an instrument) melded with the sights of lapis colored oceans and verdantly emerald and peridot colored mountains, both abundant with wildlife.

Amy's parents, Lloyd and Mimi Gilliom, had the foresight to enroll their children in youth theatre fostering Hanaialiis talents and opening her horizons to new sounds and beats. This gave way to a predilection of music and eventually a deep passion.

While at Mauis Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, the strong theatre and arts program helped to hone and codify Hanaialiis passion into a mission. After graduation, Amy went on to the United States International University in San Diego, California, where she received formal training in European classical music, jazz, blues, American standards and pop. While immersing herself in studies, Hanaialii, became best of friends with colleagues, who today has made names for themselves in various segments in the entertainment industry. Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from the United States International University.

After graduating Amy moved home and spent time with her paternal grandmother, Tutu Jennie Napua Woodd. Undoubtedly one of Hanaialiis biggest influences in her life, Woodd (Tutu as Amy affectionately called her), helped shape America?s view of Hawaii as one of the original Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls, a dancer at the Hawaiian Room at the Lexinton Hotel in New York City and a choreographer in Hollywood through many of its motion pictures in the 1930s and 40s. You can still find internet clips of her on Harry Owen?s show! While performing at the Lexington Hotel in New York, Tutu met Hanaialiis grandfather, Lloyd B. Gilliom, a musician who played trumpet with Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye, Tommy Dorsey and other notable bands of the era.

While Hanaialii received years of formal musical and theatrical training, it was Tutu Jennie who ultimately inspired her to grow in Hawaiian music. Recognizing her natural vocal abilities, Tutu arranged for a meeting between the legendary Genoa Keawe and her granddaughter. It was Aunty Genoa that introduced Amy to the hai falsetto music. Amys talent of hai brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Hanaialii remains Hawaiis top-selling female vocalist. The artists for whom Amy has opened are legendary and include Carlos Santana in Gemany, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Wayne Newton, Arlo Guthrie, The Beach Boys, Ernie Watts, Boz Scaggs, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sergio Mendes and many more. Hanaialiis has toured extensively on the East and West Coasts of America, Germany, China, Tahiti and she often frequents Japan, where she captivates and expands her fan base along the way.

Hanaialiis success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by the multitude of awards and acknowledgements including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Amys albums have also garnered 21 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiis equivalent to the GRAMMY), including the prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year (5 times), Hawaiian Album of the Year (4 times), Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year and even Christmas Album of the Year. These diverse awards provides a clear recognition by Hawaiis music community and by Amys fans that her musics appeal is broad and contains an even more varied depth. Amy is officially Hawaiis Music Ambassador as proclaimed by Hawaiis Governor Linda Lingle.

Hanaialiis second album, Hawaiian Tradition placed her on the World Billboard Charts, a first for an album written solely in the Hawaiian Language. Amy's latest album Friends & Family of Hawaii once again placed on her on the World Billboard Charts and the National Heatseekers Charts, placing the album as one of the highest selling albums in Hanaialiis career. Pacific Business News also acknowledged Amy with their coveted 40


Native Child; 1995
Hawaiian Tradition; 1997(Na Hoku Hanohano* Winner)
Hanaialii; 1998 (Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
Nostalgia; 1999 (Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
Pu'uhonua; 2001(Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
Amy and Willie Live; 2003
Generation Hawaii; 2006 (Grammy Nominee & Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
A Hawaii Christmas; 2007 (Grammy Nominee & Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
Aumakua; 2008 (Grammy Nominee & Na Hoku Hanohano Winner)
Amy Hanaialii Friends and Family; 2009 (Grammy Nominee)
Amy Hanaialii and the Slack Key Masters of Hawaii; (2011 (Grammy Nominee)
My Fathers Granddaughter; 2012 (Na Hoku Hanohano winner)

* The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are the premier music awards in Hawaii, and are the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. The award winners are currently selected by the non-profit Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts, which was founded in 1982. The awards are presented each May, and the ceremony is televised.