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On the Scene with Jack Doom

Jack Doom, 51, was born in Korea, while his father was stationed there, but grew up in Hawaii. He returned to Hawaii after attending college on the mainland, planning to “hang out for a couple of years,” but never left. Read More

‘Apparel’ is both provocative and intimate

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm
“Intimate Apparel” is written by African-­American playwright Lynn Nottage and presented here as the inaugural production of director Troy M. Apostol’s Evolve Theatre Company LLC. Read More

Chock, Aranita albums satisfy hapa-haole, world music fans

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Michael Chock’s second project as a solo recording artist began with his discovery of the guitarlele — an ukulele with two additional lower strings. Read More

Grammy winner Springfield takes on religion with new album

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Rick Springfield will debut music from new his rock-and-blues album, “The Snake King,” at Blue Note Hawaii this weekend. Read More

On the Scene with Jose Dynamite

Jose Dynamite decided to come to Hawaii after hearing about the islands’ party reputation while a high schooler in St. Louis, Mo. By the time he graduated from Chaminade University, he’d decided to stay. Read More

On the Scene with Jeff Apaka

Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm
Jeff Apaka was 13 in 1960 when news came that his father, Waikiki superstar Alfred Apaka, had died of a heart attack. In the half-century since that life-altering event, Apaka has lived with the public expectations that often fall on the sons of exceptionally talented or successful men. Read More

Kaneohe woman loved community theater

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Sylvia Hormann-Alper, daughter of noted Hawaii sociologist Bernhard Hormann and known for her involvement in local theater, died Jan. 24 at her home in Kaneohe. She was 78. Read More

Dave Mason brings 5-decade career to Hawaii

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm
Dave Mason wrote his signature song, “Feelin’ Alright” in 1968 and recorded it as a member of Traffic the same year. Most would agree no one interprets an artist’s work better than the artist who created it, but Mason says his favorite recording is the one Joe Cocker made a year later. Read More

Rich Crandall, Jimmy C revive songs of yesteryear

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Promoter and host Rich Crandall created a weekly jazz showcase called Studio 6 at the Musicians’ Union building in the mid-1990s. A piano player, Crandall recorded “Live at Studio 6” with Dean Taba on acoustic bass and Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums. Read More

Tatofi eyes Grammys glory while staying grounded in Tongan culture

Updated on  January 27, 2018 at 6:48 pm
This weekend, Josh Tatofi is in New York to attend the 60th Grammy Awards as one of two Hawaii nominees in the regional roots music album category. His first Hawaiian album, “Pua Kiele,” advances the traditions of modern Polynesian R&B and the hapa-haole music that has been part of Hawaii for more than a century. Read More

On the Scene with Zoe Miner

Born and raised in San Francisco, and a young actor in Los Angeles since middle school, Zoe Miner, 18, decided to go to college in the East. Read More

Ho‘okena hopes 3rd Grammy nomination is the charm

Updated on  January 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm
Three-time Grammy nominees Ho‘okena were finalists for the music industry award in 2005, 2010 and now 2018. This time it’s different. Their album “3.0” is the group’s first as a trio. Read More

Tatofi and Ho‘okena miss out on Grammy

Updated on  January 29, 2018 at 10:01 am
“Kalenda,” the eighth album by the Lost Bayou Ramblers, was named winner of the Grammy Award for best regional roots album during the nontelevised portion of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards today at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read More

Trumpet star Botti changes things up to keep it fresh

Updated on  January 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm
Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Botti returns to Waikiki for the Blue Note’s two-year anniversary celebration next week. Read More

On the Scene with Jami Zhong

Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Jami Wanying Zhong was 10 years old and didn’t speak English when she came to Hawaii from Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. At 21 she speaks English fluently and is Hawaii’s newly crowned 2018 Narcissus Queen. Read More

Friends, family celebrate Jim Nabors’ life

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm
Jim Nabors — beloved showroom star, television icon, recording artist, honorary Marine — was remembered Saturday with music performances, heartfelt speeches, vintage photos and video clips at a private celebration of life hosted by Stan Cadwallader, his husband and partner of more than 40 years, at the Pacific Club. Read More

Friends gather to celebrate Nabors’ life

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 4:56 pm
Jim Nabors — beloved showroom star, television icon, recording artist, honorary Marine — was remembered with music performances, heartfelt speeches, vintage photos and video clips at a private celebration of life. Read More

Natural Vibrations reunites for Bishop Museum concert

Updated on  January 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Putting “priorities” on the side, Natural Vibrations reunites for a performance this weekend at Bishop Museum. Read More

On the Scene with Jason Taglianetti

Hawaii-born Jason Taglianetti started “playing with sound” when he was 10. He made his first recordings — using cassette tapes and a boombox — when he was 12. He engineered his first show at Army Community Theatre in 1998 and moved to Manoa Valley Theatre a year later. Read More

Ross’ artistry creates lasting musical legacy

Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm
When Diana Ross takes the stage on Friday in the Blaisdell Arena, most of her fans will be there for one thing: the experience of hearing Ross perform their favorite hits, live in concert. Read More

HTY brings ‘The Red Balloon’ to life

Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm
A balloon follows a boy home and waits for him outside his family’s apartment until it is noticed by a group of neighborhood bullies who attempt to steal it and then destroy it in “The Red Balloon.” Read More