John Berger, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Ballet Hawaii goes big with ‘The Nutcracker’

Honolulu’s returning Cavalier, Joaquin De Luz, takes the stage Friday with a new Sugar Plum Fairy — make that “Sugar Plumeria Fairy” — as Angelica Generosa partners with him in this year’s staging of Ballet Hawaii’s popular, island-style production of “The Nutcracker.” Read More

Island Mele: ‘Marketplace’ a welcome memento; ‘Humility’ displays mastery

“Marketplace,” the first album of Cyril Pahinui’s music to be released after his death, was already on the way when the multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning slack key master died last month. Read More

On the Scene with Mpho Moloi Ernst

Mpho Moloi Ernst, 24, was born after apartheid ended in 1994, but the legal system of strict racial segregation that divided South Africans by skin color is part of her heritage. Read More

Island Mele: Na‘auao mixes cultures with ‘Keiki,’ Storm returns

Reviews of new music released by Hawaii-based artists by Star-Advertiser music critic John Berger. Read More

On the Scene: Smokey Robinson

In the 58 years since William Robinson Jr., had his first hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart — a million-seller titled “Shop Around”— the man known to millions of fans around the world as “Smokey” has been one of most important figures in contemporary American music. Read More

Japan’s Hirai Dai makes 1st headline appearance in Hawaii

With his upcoming appearance at The Republik, Hirai Dai will make his debut as a concert headliner, performing music that has many connections to the islands. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Love Doll’ scores; ‘Blues’ a convincing debut

If the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts has a Na Hoku Hanohano Award category for comedy albums in 2019, Joe Kingston’s “Love Doll” will certainly be a front-runner. Read More

On the Scene with Jonah Ray

The past year has been a big one for Jonah Ray, Kailua-born star of Joel Hodgson’s reboot of the cult TV series, “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Read More

Island Mele: ‘Holidays’ a delight; ‘Homeless Man’ calls for compassion

Hawaii recording artists aren’t releasing Christmas albums at the rate they did 10 or 20 years ago, so Kuana Torres Kahele’s beautifully packaged CD is a welcome seasonal treat. Also, Lee Gonsalves speaks eloquently of the plight of Hawaii’s homeless. Read More

Country music star Lee Brice celebrates real-life experiences

Honolulu is more than 4,000 miles from Lee Brice’s home in Nashville, but the 39-year-old contemporary country music hit-maker says that for him coming here is like coming home. Read More

Review: Jo Koy delivers stellar performance in Blaisdell return

Playing the first of four sold-out shows on Wednesday, Jo Koy gave an enthusiastic Honolulu crowd at Blaisdell Arena its money’s worth and more. Read More
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No pictures, please: Cellphone use prohibited at Jo Koy’s sold-out shows

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Special restrictions on food, drink and use of cell phones will be in play when stand-up comedian Jo Koy, a Hawaii favorite, appears at four all-but-sold out performances at the Blaisdell Arena. Read More

Lacie Choy crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2019

Six months of hard work paid off for Lacie Choy as she was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2019 Sunday night at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Read More
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Slack key master Cyril Pahinui dies at 68

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Cyril Pahinui — slack key master, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist, teacher, mentor and role model — died Saturday. He had been in declining health for several years. Read More
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On the Scene with Engelbert Humperdinck

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The possibility that Hurricane Lane might devastate Honolulu didn’t keep Engelbert Humperdinck, 82, from appearing as promised for two shows at the Hawaii Theatre in August. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Best of Kalapana’ includes rarities, head-scratching selections

Forty-five years after Malani Bilyeu, Mackey Feary, D.J. Pratt and Kirk Thompson founded Kalapana, the group stands next to Cecilio & Kapono as one of the two biggest Hawaii recording acts of the 1970s. Read More
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Comedian Jo Koy returns to Hawaii for 4 sold-out shows

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Last year, Jo Koy sold out 11 shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, breaking box-office records for a comedy performer. On Wednesday, he appears at a slightly larger venue — Blaisdell Arena — in the first of four sold-out shows. Read More

On the Scene with Kapono Na‘ili‘ili

When Kapono Na‘ili‘ili is on stage with Moses Goods in Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s production of “Paniolo: Stories and Songs from the Hawaiian Cowboy,” he’s drawing on personal experience. Read More

On the Scene with Chloe Aquino

Chloe Aquino, 20, was born and raised in Kailua and is majoring in psychology at Argosy University while also working on her next CD single. She also recently donated her time as a model for a calendar sold to support breast-cancer awareness. Read More

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