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Comedian Koy keeps laughs coming with island riffs


Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Jo Koy is a comedian, not a hula dancer, but his impression of the hula was as kolohe as the real thing Sunday evening as he opened the first of an unprecedented 11 sold-out performances by a single entertainer in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Read More

Julianne Chu is crowned Miss Hawaii USA


Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 12:06 am
A dream long in the making came true Sunday when Julianne Chu was named Miss Hawaii USA 2018 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was the fifth time she had run for the title. Her persistence paid off. Read More

Julianne Chu crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2018


Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm
A dream long in the making came true on Sunday when Julianne Chu was named Miss Hawaii USA 2018 at the Hawai’i Convention Center. Read More

On the Scene with Chris Eyre


Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Born and raised in Oregon, Chris Eyre is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes who enjoyed photography in high school, studied television production and filmmaking in college, then attended the New York University Graduate Film Program. Read More

Koy sells out 11 shows in return to Oahu


Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm
The first time Jo Koy performed in Hawaii, he received $200 and a plane ticket and had to make his own hotel arrangements. Fifteen years later he returns to Oahu with 11 sold-out shows lined up at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Read More

Kumu hula Hewett shares traditions on ‘Pili Me Ke Aloha’


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett is one of the few culturally significant kumu hula who is equally significant as a recording artist. His new album lives up to expectations in all respects. Read More

On the Scene with Brian Kohne


Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 11:37 pm
When Brian Kohne’s family moved to Maui from Detroit in 1969, the island of Kahoolawe had been used as military bombing target for more than 25 years. Read More

‘Georgia’ is engaging entertainment at MVT


Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm
“The Legend of Georgia McBride” is intended for adults and teens mature enough to handle the subject matter. No prior knowledge of traditional “drag queen” culture is needed to enjoy it. Read More

Art Explorium brings creative fun to New Wave Friday


Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Kids love opportunities to be creative. That makes this month’s New Wave Friday at Ward Village a great place for kids to be on Friday as South Shore Market celebrates its first anniversary. Read More

Collection marks 20 years since IZ’s death


Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
In the 20 years since he died of weight-related health problems at the age of 38, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole has become bigger in death than he was in life. Read More

‘Kelly Boy’ De Lima tells ‘The Story of Kapena’ at a concert

When Kapena takes the stage this evening at the Hawaii Theatre, Kelly “Kelly Boy” De Lima, founder and leader of the group for the past 32 years, will be living a dream come true. Read More

On the scene: Brad Coates


Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm
Los Angeles native Brad Coates got his law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and then worked for the government of Micronesia before coming to Hawaii in 1978. Read More

Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s ‘Ouch!’ teaches kids about empathy


Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm
Playwright/director Annie Cusick Wood’s newest work for Honolulu Theatre for Youth — “Ouch!” — gives kids ages 6 and younger a whimsical but substantive lesson about the importance of compassion and having empathy for others. Read More

New Hope Oahu offers polished praise


Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm
The second half of the 20th century saw the rise of a new type of Christian music that was much closer to pop than traditional hymns or African-American gospel music. Read More

Sacred Hearts senior nabs lead role in ‘Sister Act’


Updated on  November 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm
A new star steps forward on the local stage this weekend as Sacred Hearts Academy senior Mahea Sims-Tulba, daughter of multifaceted local comedian Augie T, appears as Deloris Van Cartier in the school’s fall production of “Sister Act.” Read More

Friends unite for Petty tribute concert


Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm
When Hawaii-born guitarist Zanuck Lindsey heard that Tom Petty had died unexpectedly, he wanted to do more than share his grief on Facebook. He thought a concert would be a better way to do it. Read More

On the Scene with Ralph Malani


Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 10:45 pm
Ralph Malani left Hawaii for Los Angeles planning on a career in fashion design, but a friend suggested cosmetology instead. After Malani talked his way into a job with famed Beverly Hills stylist Jose Eber, he was on his way. Read More

TV pitchman Bonilla documents life with new comedy CD


Updated on  October 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm
Daryl Bonilla has been known for years for his work as a local stage actor and as the guy who says “That’s my bank!” With “What Year You Grad?” he steps forward as the latest local-style stand-up comic with a CD documenting his work on stage. Read More

On the Scene with John Landovsky


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm
John Landovsky retired as owner and director of Hawaii State Ballet last month. He plans to split his time between Honolulu and Asheville, N.C., enjoying the change of seasons and participating in tennis and pickle ball tournaments. Read More

WCC take on Massie affair adds details, perspectives


Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm
To understand the importance of Taurie Kinoshita’s production of “Massie/Kahahawai” at Windward Community College, a play about one of the darkest events in Hawaii’s history, it is necessary to first review the facts of the case. Read More

3 isle musicians blend traditions on new CD


Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm
One of the unanswerable questions about the evolution of Hawaiian music is why Hawaiian musicians adopted and adapted some non-Hawaiian instruments and not others. Three Hawaii residents explore these cultural roots in music on “Across the Sea.” Read More