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On the Scene with Penelope Ng Pack

Penelope Ng Pack, who placed third runner-up in the Miss Hawaii competition last year, bounced back to win the title of Miss Chinatown Hawaii in September, and was crowned Miss Hawaii 2018 on June 2. Read More

Na Leo builds cred with ‘Beautiful Day’

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 10:26 am
“Beautiful” is an apt description of their recently released CD. All three members contribute as song writers. They also distinguish themselves as interpreters of other writers’ work with soothing inspirational treatments of “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” “Let Him Fly” and “Lean On My Shoulder.” Read More

Joe Moore, Pat Sajak team up again on ‘Dial M for Murder’


• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 11:14 am
Pat Sajak heads back to Hawaii this month when he joins Joe Moore on the stage at Hawaii Theatre for a fundraiser production of “Dial M For Murder.” Read More

On the Scene With George Takei

• Updated on  June 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm
George Takei is known worldwide for his portrayal of Lieutenant Sulu in the 1960s television series “Star Trek” and its feature film sequels, but in the last decade he has been working on a project of deeply personal importance. Read More

Nathan Aweau’s ‘Mau Loa’ an impressive one-man project

• Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm
Nathan Aweau’s latest recording, “Mau Loa,” displays Aweau’s immense capabilities as a singer, songwriter, musician and producer in impressive style. Read More

American University grad is named 74th Miss Hawaii

• Updated on  June 3, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Several years of preparation paid off with a dream-come-true evening for Penelope Ng Pack as she was crowned Miss Hawaii 2018 Saturday night at the Hawaii Theatre. Read More

Penelope Ng Pack is crowned Miss Hawaii 2018

• Updated on  June 4, 2018 at 3:15 pm
Several years of preparation paid off with a dream-come-true evening for Penelope Ng Pack as she was crowned Miss Hawaii 2018 Saturday night at the Hawaii Theatre. Read More

On the Scene with Zachary Linnert

Zachary Linnert had completed graduate school and was living in New Jersey when he started looking for a job in school administration. He found one — and it happened to be in Hawaii. Read More

Glamour and talent on display at 35th annual Universal Show Queen Pageant

• Updated on  June 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm
Nine contestants are competing for the title of Universal Show Queen 2018. They’re judged in four categories — Black & White Couture, Evening Gown, Talent and ShowGirl Costume. Read More

On the Scene with the Kandell brothers, the screenwriting twins behind the film ‘Adrift’


• Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm
Jordan and Aaron Kandell are close — even for twins. They shared a room growing up together in Honolulu, graduated from ‘Iolani School together, and were roommates at the University of Southern California, where they studied film and creative writing. Read More

Richard Natto caps career with ‘Life’

• Updated on  May 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm
The release of multi-talented Richard Natto’s new CD caps a career that goes back to the 1970s and his on-again, off-again musical partnership with Dave Toma. Read More

The Elevations debut at Hawaiian Brian’s

• Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm
After 20 years with Go Jimmy Go, including three years of nonstop touring, saxophonist Eric White thought he was ready to retire from music. However, White wasn’t out of the business very long before he changed his mind. Read More

On the Scene with Johnny Fortuno

Johnny Fortuno was an apprentice at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard when a friend heard him singing and said he sounded like Elvis. Read More

Kapena and Keauhou each win 4 times at Hoku Awards

• Updated on  May 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm
Two of Hawaii’s most popular groups were the big winners at the 41st annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Read More

Waipuna celebrates 10 years of music

Wai‘puna’s 10th anniversary album reflects on the meaning of their name — it refers to a deep well spring where fresh water bursts forth — with songs that connect in one way or another to the cultural and spiritual foundations of the group. Read More

Music industry vets compete in new Hoku Awards category

• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 8:12 pm
The Hawaiian single category gives HARA two categories for singles and four for performance or composition in Hawaiian. Unlike two of the other Hawaiian language awards, the winner for Hawaiian single will have been determined by the vote of the entire HARA membership. Read More

On the Scene with Kilin Reece

• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm
Kilin Reece grew up a California skateboarder and, like many skateboarders, he became skilled at taking skateboards apart and putting them back together. When Reece got interested in string instruments, he started taking them apart as well. Read More

Manoa Valley Theatre stages madcap murder-mystery ‘Madness’

• Updated on  May 14, 2018 at 10:30 am
It’s been 20 years almost to the day since Manoa Valley Theatre introduced Hawaii to the wacky interactive comedy of “Shear Madness.” Read More

Dionne Warwick returns for Blue Note Hawaii gigs

• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm
Thursday won’t be the first time Dionne Warwick has performed in Hawaii — she was here twice last year — but the five-time Grammy-winner’s engagement at Blue Note Hawaii will be the first time fans here will be able to see her in such an intimate setting. Read More

Frank De Lima celebrates Mother’s Day with annual comedy show


• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm
This weekend is prime time for Frank De Lima fans wanting to see the comedy legend perform — he’ll headline his annual Mother’s Day show at the Pagoda on Sunday. Read More

Superhero Rökkstar embraces indulgent life with memorable album

• Updated on  May 12, 2018 at 10:25 am
The race for the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best rock album is off to a great start with the release of the debut album “Feedback Saves The 7” by Superhero Rökkstar. Read More