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On the Scene with Ethan Wacker

With “Bizaardvark” in the middle of its third season Ethan Wacker, 16, divides his time between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Read More

Storm previews next album with ‘30 Minutes’

Frank De Lima wasn’t the only one who found inspiration in January’s infamous “false alarm” ballistic missile incident. Read More

‘Last Taxi Dance’ examines relationship of lonely soldier, Hawaiian woman

The year is 1945. The place is downtown Honolulu. A lonely soldier, a combat veteran far from home, seeks refuge in a taxi dance hall. Welcome to “Last Taxi Dance,” Hawaii-born indie filmmaker Brayden Yoder’s 18-minute look at a dramatic moment in Hawaii’s history. Read More

On the Scene with Lillian Yajima

At 98, Lillian Yajima is active in several community organizations, helps raise money for Kuakini Hospital’s senior care facility, and teaches hula to “younger women” in assisted-living facilities. Read More

Rare Earth’s original lead vocalist returns to Hawaii

By the time Peter Rivera was 18, he was making more money playing drums in local nightclubs than his father was bringing home from his full-time factory job. The gigs got bigger and better until the band, then known as the Sunliners, was one of the top club bands in Detroit. Read More

Pe’a’s second CD ‘award worthy’

Kalani Pe‘a made history early in 2017 when he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy Award since Hawaiian music was absorbed by the catch-all Regional Roots Music category. Read More

Diamond Head Theatre leads at 2018 Po‘okela Awards

Diamond Head Theatre was the big winner with 32 awards in 16 of the 27 award categories as the Hawaii State Theatre Council announced the recipients of the 2018 Po‘okela Awards. Read More

Baptist pastor places faith before family in TAG’s ‘Crusade’

A troubled young man whose life changed for the better after he joined a fast-growing Southern Baptist megachurch in a small town in Texas interprets one of his pastor’s sermons as a personal call to kill the husband of the pastor’s estranged son. Read More

On the Scene with Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta-De Vera

Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta-De Vera will present the fourth annual Ho‘olau Kanaka O‘ahu Ka ‘Onihi O Na Ka, a Hawaiian culture and arts festival, on August 11. Read More

‘Tattoo Nightmares’ star Big Gus headlines Pacific Ink & Art Expo

Internationally known master tattoo artist Big Gus is widely known for starring in Spike TV’s reality show “Tattoo Nightmares.” He’ll be at the 7th Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo in Honolulu this weekend. Read More

Maggie Herron ‘Ton of Trouble’ a musical buffet

Two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner singer/pianist Maggie Herron is back with an album “born during a year of flu, a broken arm and a natural lowering of my vocal range.” Read More

Traditional art, food and models featured at tattoofest

The Seventh Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo presents tattoo industry celebrities Big Gus, Megan Massacre, Nikki Simpson, Nikko Hurtado and Justin Coppolino — all are scheduled to appear and tattoo during the weekend. Read More

Lead performance crowns ‘Lear’ at Hawaii Shakespeare Festival

Hawaii stage veteran Richard Valasek does a magnificent job as the doomed title character in the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival’s latest staging of “King Lear,” running through Aug. 5 at the Arts at Marks Garage. Read More

On the Scene with Flash Hansen

Flash Hansen is in his second month as director of promotions and marketing at iHeartRadio, where he represents six Honolulu radio stations. Read More

Kolohe Kai joins fave island bands at Summer Bash

A time-honored tradition of the entertainment industry is that the show must go on. Roman De Peralta — known professionally as Kolohe Kai — will be making that happen on Saturday when he headlines the Hi Finest Summer Bash at the Hawaii Convention Center. Read More

On the Scene with Gregory Dunn

Meet Hawaii Theatre President and CEO Gregory D. Dunn. Read More

Kacey Musgraves has her way with a timeless style

Kacey Musgraves will be performing songs from her latest album, “Golden Hour,” for her first concert in Hawaii at The Republik. Read More

Quadraphonix ‘M-130’ offers a rich combination of styles

Quadraphonix celebrates the release of “M-130” on Friday at the New Ong King Art Center in the old Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street Mall. Read More

Diamond Head Theatre’s ‘Newsies’ provides family fun

Diamond Head Theatre’s “Newsies,” which opened Friday and runs through Aug. 12, is the first local staging of the Broadway hit. Directed and choreographed by Tammy Colucci, it’s great family fun. Read More

On the Scene with Peter Rockford Espiritu

Peter Rockford Espiritu celebrated his 55th birthday with a combination fundraiser and sponsors’ preview of his next production, “Ho‘ina,” on June 27 at Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center. Read More

Uluwehi Guerrero’s “E Mau ana ka Ha‘aheo” shares his aloha

Kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero isn’t a man who rushes to release new albums. Quite the opposite. Read More