3.1 Definition of Eligibility
3.1.1 All recordings created, produced, engineered, and recorded by a Hawai‘i resident artist(s),musician(s), or technician(s) released during the eligibility year are eligible for inclusionon the preliminary voting ballot provided their nomination form and deposit material arereceived in the HARA office by the deadline. Digital download-only releases availableexclusively through established online retailers such as iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon.com,and CD Baby are also eligible for inclusion on the preliminary and final ballot providedthat they are available for sale on at least one of these retailers by January 1, of theeligibility year.3.1.2 In the General and Technical nominee must be a resident of the State of Hawai‘i except inthose categories where non-residents are specifically allowed (See Section 3.3). Aresident is defined as one who lives in Hawai’i more than six months a year.3.1.3 In the Genre Categories, Hawai‘i resident and non-resident nominees are eligible if the work is recorded in Hawai‘i; or is distributed by a Hawai‘i based distributor for generaldistribution within the State of Hawai‘i. Non-resident entries are also allowed in specific,Hawai‘i-originating genres (See Section 3.4). Artists and producers who reside outside of the United States are only eligible for the International Award
Digital download-onlyreleases by non-residents which are available exclusively through established onlineretailers are eligible for inclusion on the preliminary ballot provided that a Hawai‘i-basedcompany arranged for digital distribution of the release, or it is available on anestablished Hawai‘i- based retail service.3.1.4 Recordings released between January 1 and December 31 will be eligible each competitionyear.3.1.5 Five (5) recordings must be released within the competition year in order to establish a newcategory (subject to approval by the Board of Governors).3.1.6 A minimum of three (3) recordings must be released within the competition year in order tomaintain an award category.3.1.7 Album releases must contain a minimum of nine (9) tracks or a minimum overall play lengthof 30 minutes to qualify as an album or DVD, or for artists, producers and other contributors to qualify for any of the general, genre, technical or adjudicated categories.
3.2 Selection Procedure
3.2.1 All eligible releases in the General and Genre Categories are included on the preliminary ballot and are voted on by current regular and associate members.3.2.2 For Technical Categories a panel of producers, engineers, industry specialists andtechnicians select five nominees for each category; the nominees are voted on by theregular membership on the final ballot.3.2.3 For the Adjudicated Awards, a panel of Hawaiian Language, haku mele and musicspecialists appointed by the Board of Governors selects the nominees and the finalists.3.2.4 Only voting members of HARA that have applied for membership at least two months prior to the awards ceremonies are eligible to vote in the N
Hanohano Awards balloting.3.2.5 An accounting firm shall tabulate the votes on the preliminary ballot, and forward the topfive (5) vote getters to the Board for inclusion on the final ballot.3.2.6 In the event of a tie in the fifth position, six (6) nominees will advance to the final ballot.