By Greg Olwell

Ukulele players Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta Jr. won big at this weekend’s Na Hoku Hanohano awards in Honolulu, taking home the Ukulele Album of the Year award. The awards celebrate Hawaiian music and given by Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts.


Ohta and Tolentino won the award for their recent album, Ukulele Friends, a recording of a dozen duets by the long-time friends.

Japanese ukulele player Ryo Natoyama received the International Album Special Recognition award for his album Ukulele Splash, an award given to a non-US artist for their contributions to Hawaiian music.


The nominees for the Ukulele Album of the Year included

Da Ukulele BoyzJus Cuz, Ukulele Duets

Kimo HusseyLow G

Jake Shimaburkuro, Travels

Bryan Tolentino & Herb Ohta JrUkulele Friends

Taimane GardenerWe Are Made of Stars