Singer – Songwriter, Amy Hānaiali'i remains Hawai'i's top selling female vocalist of all time. Hānaiali'i's 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. Amy's albums have also garnered 17 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. Hānaiali'i's range of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, Hawai'i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards, showcases her varied depth over the years prevailing with awards in categories like Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, among others. These diverse awards provides a clear recognition by Hawai'i's music community and by Amy's fans that her music's appeal is broad. All of Hānaiali'i's albums have been at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.
Amy has played for sold out crowds in Europe, Japan, China, all across America and French Polynesia. Hānaiali'i's Friends and Family album showcased a stunning duet with country music legend Willie Nelson. Besides recording with the best, Amy has opened renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker and many more.
Hānaiali'i's talent is an exceptional blend of classical training, modern influences and heritage. After obtaining Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University – School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, Jennie Nāpua Woodd. Undoubtedly one of Hānaiali'i's most influential people in her life. Woodd – one of the original Royal Hawaiian girls in Waikīkī – or Tūtū as Amy affectionately calls her, helped shape the scene of Hawai'i as a Kumu Hula/choreographer in Hollywood through many of its motion pictures in the 1940's and 1950's. While performing on Broadway and the Lexington Hotel in New York City, Tūtū met Hānaiali'i's grandfather, Lloyd B. Gilliom, himself a musician who played trumpet and steel guitar with the likes of, Sammy kaye, Tommy Dorsey and other notable hands of that era.
Aside from the music community, Hānaiali'i has garnered accolades from the Pacific Business News as their "40 under 40 Business Person of the Year" award, recognizing not only Hānaiali'i's talent, but also her business acumen needed to market her talent.
Hānaiali'i has recently launched the Hānaiali'i Collection featuring a line of children's clothing with legendary Hawai'i retailer Hilo Hattie. This collection and Hānaiali'i's latest album, My Father's Granddaughter, was inspired by her daughter, Madeline.