Hoʻokūkū Hīmeni
Awards by Class

Number of awards won by each class.

Wins by Grade

Number of wins in each grade and division.

Highest Scores

The highest scoring songs since 1990.

Song Directors

Past song directors and their songs.

Judges by Year

Past Song Contest judges, by year.


Judges by Year

This is a list of the judges at each Song Contest, sorted by year. Since the 1970s, each Song Contest has had 5 judges who are prominent figures in music or Hawaiian language, and in that time more than 150 people have served as a judge.

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Contest Category Judge
2024 Language Ainsley Halemanu
2024 Language R. Keawe Lopes
2024 Music Les Ceballos
2024 Music Lorna Lim
2024 Overall Edward Kaiponohea Hale '68
2023 Language Jeremy Kamakāneoaloha Hopkins '91
2023 Language Kainani Kahaunaele
2023 Music Kalaʻi Stern '92
2023 Music Mia-Amor Evaimalo Porreca '01
2023 Overall Louis "Moon" Kauakahi
2022 Language Leonard F. Keʻala Kwan, Jr.
2022 Language Hailama Farden '89
2022 Music Timothy Kealiʻi Ho '91
2022 Music Nola A. Nahulu '71
2022 Overall Randie Kamuela Fong '78
2021 No Contest
2020 No Contest
2019 Language Anthony K. Ako Conjugacion-Cravalho '79
2019 Language Julian Keikilani Ako '61
2019 Music Susan McCreary Duprey
2019 Music Wanda Gereben
2019 Overall Aaron J. Salā '94
2018 Language Faylene Mahina Paishon Duarte '94
2018 Language Hailama Farden '89
2018 Music Justin Kaʻupu '01
2018 Music Beth Piʻilani Parker Uale
2018 Overall S. Haunani Apoliona
2017 Language E. Tuti Kanahele
2017 Language Sarah ʻIlialoha Keahi
2017 Music Wainani Kanealii Yim
2017 Music Debbie Kelsey
2017 Overall Nina Kealiʻiwahamana
2016 Language Larry Lindsey Kimura
2016 Language Katrina-Ann Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Oliveira '92
2016 Music Aaron Mahi '71
2016 Music Andria Tupola (Uale) '98
2016 Overall Robert Holoua Stender
2015 Language Kaleomanuʻiwa Wong
2015 Language Kēhaulani Enos '91
2015 Music Alden Levi Kaiʻaokamālie '87
2015 Music Malia Kaʻai-Barrett '85
2015 Overall Chadd ʻŌnohi Paishon '81
2014 Language Annette Kuʻuipolani Kanahele Wong
2014 Language Leonard F. Keʻala Kwan, Jr.
2014 Music Marlene Sai '59
2014 Music Robert Edward Lin Nelson
2014 Overall Kealiʻi Reichel
2013 Language David Kāwika Eyre
2013 Language Keiko Kiele Gonzalez '98
2013 Music Misty Kelaʻi '78
2013 Music Shawn Pimental '90
2013 Overall Daniel K. Akaka '42
2012 Language ʻEkela Kanīʻaupiʻo-Crozier
2012 Language M. Kāhealani Naeʻole-Wong '87
2012 Music Dale Nitta
2012 Music Herbert Mahelona '85
2012 Overall Kamanamaikalani Beamer '96
2011 Language Robert Holoua Stender
2011 Language R. Keawe Lopes
2011 Music Luanna Farden McKenney
2011 Music Pakala Fernandes
2011 Overall Edward Kaiponohea Hale '68
2010 Language Hauoli Akaka
2010 Language Amy Kalili '89
2010 Music Nola A. Nahulu '71
2010 Music Dale Noble
2010 Overall Carinthia Harbottle
2009 Language Keola Donaghy
2009 Language Kahikina de Silva '95
2009 Music Thomas Kaleikaimana Akana '68
2009 Music Louis "Moon" Kauakahi
2009 Overall Kimo Alama Keaulana '73
2008 Language Florence Pualeipoinaʻole Nicholas
2008 Language Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa
2008 Music Lehuanani Kalima Heine '84
2008 Music Sybil Kahaunani Schoenstein
2008 Overall S. Haunani Apoliona
2007 Language Naomi Losch '63
2007 Language Noelani Kanoho Mahoe '51
2007 Music Lynette Kaopuiki Paglinawan '57
2007 Music Nina Kealiʻiwahamana
2007 Overall Edwin Mahiʻai Beamer '46
2006 Language Kauanoe Kamanā '69
2006 Language R. Kekeha Solis
2006 Music Kahauanu Lake
2006 Music Kaina Waiaʻu '70
2006 Overall Kuʻuipo Kumukahi
2005 Language Kalena Silva '71
2005 Language Mary "Aunty Malia" Craver
2005 Music Buddy Fo
2005 Music ʻIwalani Kahalewai
2005 Overall Aaron Mahi '71
2004 No Data
2003 No Data
2002 Language Henry Kaalekahi
2002 Language Kīhei de Silva '67
2002 Music Bill Kaiwa
2002 Music Peter Medeiros
2002 Overall Amy Stillman
2001 Language Samuel Kaauwai '75
2001 Language Sarah Kekela Ili
2001 Music Esther Rhinelander
2001 Music Richard Kamanu '75
2001 Overall David Kaupu
2000 Language Robert Holoua Stender
2000 Language Laiana Wong
2000 Music Nina Kealiʻiwahamana
2000 Music Mahela Rosehill
2000 Overall S. Haunani Apoliona
1999 Language Kimo Alama Keaulana '73
1999 Language Zaneta Kēhaulani Tolentino Shintani '89
1999 Music Roland Cazimero '68
1999 Music Kenneth Makuakāne '73
1999 Overall Dennis Kamakahi '71
1998 No Data
1997 No Data
1996 Overall Robert Uluwehi Cazimero '67
1995 Language Leilani Violet Kimokeo Hughes '32
1995 Language Lilinoe Yong '78
1995 Music Violet Cummings Awai '32
1995 Music Marlene F. Bourke-Faustina '62
1995 Overall Noelani Kanoho Mahoe '51
1994 Language Moses Kahoʻokele Raphael Crabbe '77
1994 Language Pualani Kanahele
1994 Music Nola A. Nahulu '71
1994 Music Scott Speck
1994 Overall Randie Kamuela Fong '78
1993 Language Liana K. Iaea Honda '77
1993 Language Kamoaʻe Walk
1993 Music Debbie Kelsey
1993 Music Jimmy Kealohalani Kaina '55
1993 Overall Manu Boyd '80
1992 Language Noʻeau Warner '72
1992 Language Lawrence Wong, Jr. '83
1992 Music Anthony J. Palmer
1992 Music Dora Ah Chan
1992 Overall Kalena Silva '71
1991 Language E. Tuti Kanahele
1991 Language Lilia Wahinemaikaʻi Hale
1991 Music Buddy Naluai
1991 Music Robert Springer
1991 Overall Charles K. L. Davis
1990 Language Lilinoe Kaʻahanui '82
1990 Language Makalapua Kaʻawa
1990 Music James Smith
1990 Music Douglas Engelhardt
1990 Overall Edward Kaiponohea Hale '68
1989 Language ʻEkela Kanīʻaupiʻo-Crozier
1989 Language Puakea Nogelmeier
1989 Music Bob Engle
1989 Music Donald Johanos
1989 Overall Noelani Kanoho Mahoe '51
1988 Language Lurline Nāone-Salvador '69
1988 Language Jean ʻIleialoha Beniamina '74
1988 Music Dee Romines
1988 Music John McCreary
1988 Overall Esther Rhinelander
1987 Language Kauanoe Kamanā '69
1987 Language Larry Lindsey Kimura
1987 Music Ron Chun
1987 Music Aaron Mahi '71
1987 Overall Kalena Silva '71
1986 Language Sarah Nakoa
1986 Language Mileka Kanahele
1986 Music Daniel K. Akaka '42
1986 Music Dorothy Kahananui Gillett '36
1986 Overall Martha Poepoe Hōhū '25
1985 Language Malcolm Naea Chun
1985 Language Ray Kala Enos
1985 Music Ruth Imperial Pfeiffer
1985 Music Olaf M. Frodsham
1985 Overall Samuel L. Kaʻahanui
1984 Language Keith Kalani Akana '75
1984 Language Emily Hawkins
1984 Music Bernell W. Hales
1984 Music Westin Noble
1984 Overall Carinthia Harbottle
1983 Overall Thomas Kaleikaimana Akana '68
1983 Unknown Enoka Kaina
1983 Unknown David Kauahikaua '73
1983 Unknown Collette Akana
1983 Unknown Nola A. Nahulu '71
1982 No Data
1981 No Data
1980 No Data
1979 Unknown S. Haunani Apoliona
1979 Unknown Wanda Gereben
1979 Unknown Edward Kaiponohea Hale '68
1979 Unknown Roy Hallman
1979 Unknown Kauanoe Kamanā '69
1978 Unknown Beebe Freitas
1978 Unknown Dorothy Kahananui Gillett '36
1978 Unknown Eileen Lum
1978 Unknown Pikake Wahilani
1978 Unknown John Keolamakaʻainana Lake
1977 Unknown Edwin Mahiʻai Beamer '46
1977 Unknown Charles Brennan
1977 Unknown Dorothy Kahananui
1977 Unknown William Wilson
1977 Unknown Sarah ʻIlialoha Keahi
1976 Language Robert Lokomaikaʻi Snakenberg
1976 Language Haunani Bernardino
1976 Language Kalena Silva '71
1976 Music Lemuel Aweau
1976 Music Ben Bollinger
1975 Unknown Hoʻoulu Cambra
1975 Unknown Wanda Gereben
1975 Unknown Larry Lindsey Kimura
1975 Unknown Naomi Losch '63
1975 Unknown Malcolm Tait
1974 Unknown Rubellite Kawena Johnson
1974 Unknown Dorothy Kahananui
1974 Unknown Glenn Silva
1974 Unknown Robert Hines
1974 Unknown Frank P. Kernohan
1973 Unknown Hoʻoulu Cambra
1973 Unknown Charles K. L. Davis
1973 Unknown Vernon Reed
1973 Unknown Ricardo Trimillos
1973 Unknown Harold B. Turney
1972 Unknown Mealii Kalama
1972 Unknown Dennis Kam
1972 Unknown Noelani Kanoho Mahoe '51
1972 Unknown Lee Kjelson
1972 Unknown Esther Rhinelander
1971 Unknown John Kameaaloha Almeida
1971 Unknown Eunice DeMello
1971 Unknown Carinthia Harbottle
1971 Unknown John McCreary
1971 Unknown Zillah Young '63
1970 No Data
1969 No Data
1968 Unknown Charles K. L. Davis
1967 No Data
1966 No Data
1965 No Data
1964 No Data
1963 No Data
1961 Unknown Alvina Nye Kaulili
1961 Unknown Norman Rian
1961 Unknown Melvin Gallagher
1961 Unknown Louise P. Tolles
1961 Unknown Alva Retta Murray
1945 No Data
1944 No Data