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We are pleased to announce the presentation of awards to performing artists, songwriters, choreographers, dancers, dance troupes, halaus, musicians, filmmakers, designers (including costume and hair) that have made outstanding contributions in island music and dance.


The Awards Team will attend performances of individuals and groups throughout the year and makes selections. Also, videos of performances will be viewed by the Awards Team if unable to attend locally and/or out of state performances. The Awards Team is an anonymous group.


Awards will come in the form of certificates, plaques, and trophies*


In Genesis 4:21 it says about Ju’bal: “He was the founder of all those who play the harp and the pipe (or “flute”)”. Since, Ju’bal is described as the "ancestor of all who played the harp and flute." It is fitting that he is also recognized and that the award be named after him.

The Ju’Bal Lifetime Achievement Award be given to individual performing artists showing outstanding performances and also includes being reliable and dependable as it relates to attending their schedule performances.  


Lifetime Achievement



Outstanding Achievement

Best Choreography

Outstanding Dance Company

Outstanding Musical Group

Outstanding Costume/Fashion Design

Recipients of the 2017 Ju’Bal Lifetime Achievement Award

To Be Announced at Festival on Sunday, November 17, 2017!!

Recipients of the 2016 Ju’Bal Lifetime Achievement Award

Eddie Detroit/Mondo Exotica/Island Tiki Jazz Music

Kumu Kaimi Matthews Valdez/Kaimikahu Hale O Hula I Te Fa'a O Te Mahana/Polynesian Dances

Miguel “El Mambo” DeLeon/Latin Music

Recipients of the 2015 Ju’Bal Lifetime Achievement Award

Keo Wolford, Filmaker/Director for THE HAUMĀNA Movie, Hawaii

Kumu Hula Carolyn Castro, Choreography/Costume Design, Providence, RI

Abyssinia Benefsefji, Creative Improvisation in Belly Dance

Dr. Vance Inouye, Outstanding Performance in Latin Dances

Sarah King, Outstanding Performance in Caribbean Music