A Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner
Lorna Lim’s beautiful voice, her deep knowledge of hula, and her connection to the Big Island’s cultural tradition place her among Hawaii’s living treasures. Born and raised in the North Kohala district on Hawaii, she began playing music at an early age with her award-winning family known simply as the The Lim Family. Her sister Nani is one of Hawaii’s most renowned hula teachers, and her GRAMMY-nominated brother, Sonny Lim, is one of Hawaii’s beloved slack key guitarists. Lorna has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. The title of debut solo release on Palm Records, “Polinahe”, means from the heart (poli) sweet and pure (nahe). This reflects Lorna’s musical style and the beautiful quality of her voice.
In 2010, Lorna won the Na Hoku Hanohano Song of the Year Award for the title track, Polinahe and was also was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year and Favorite Entertainer of the Year. Graphic designer Kuhao Zane won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award on the project for Best Graphics.
Music critic John Berger from the Honolulu Star Bulletin summarized:
“Lorna Lim makes another significant contribution to the extensive discography of the Lim Family with this exquisitely crafted album. “Polinahe” is now an obvious front-runner in several categories for the 2010 Hoku Awards, and it would represent Hawaii beautifully at next year’s Grammy Awards as well. Lim’s voice is as sweet as it when the Lim Family’s recording of “Pua Olena” first hit almost 30 years ago. Now as then, her singing takes the listener to a place that is soothing and pure. Grammy Award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman surrounds her with talent while keeping the arrangements traditionalist in context.” —(09/11/2009)
“Polinahe” was produced, engineered and mixed by Charles Michael Brotman for Palm Records at Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii.