Author and music critic Nate Chinen knows whereof he speaks when he takes a look at the long-sought and now heatedly-argued Hawaiian music category at the Grammys. Like Barach Obama, Chinen graduated from Punahou before migrating east. He knew just who to interview to get the most balanced presentation I've seen of the issue that so infuriates local musicians, especially those who've been on the road, promoting the music of Hawaii and sharing the culture, on the mainland and around the world, for decades.

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