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Farrington Performing Arts Center debuts with ‘Grease’

Inspired by his late mentor Ron Bright, Miguel Cadoy III has energized Farrington High School by mounting the first musical staged in the campus’ renovated auditorium. Read More

Isle performers reunite for musical birthday celebration

When Loretta Ables Sayre returns to Blue Note Hawaii on April 1 — her 60th birthday — she’ll have a treasure of a present: Robert Cazimero. Read More

Amy Hanaiali‘i fills in while Willie K undergoes cancer treatment

When cancer strikes, friends respond. Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom has stepped up to the plate to pinch-hit for ailing friend Willie K in gigs at Maui’s Mulligans on the Blue and Oahu’s Blue Note Hawaii. Read More

Lei Day tradition revived with Bishop Museum concert

Robert Cazimero will revive a Lei Day tradition with a concert at Bishop Museum, re-establishing the popular Hawaiian celebration he and his late brother, Roland, staged for nearly 30 years at the Waikiki Shell. Read More

Isle entertainers bring aloha to stage, screen

Hawaii actress Ruthie Ann Miles will be U.K.-bound this summer to reprise her 2015 Tony-winning role of Lady Thiang in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” and there will be a Hawaii presence at the upcoming Academy Awards telecast when Keala Settle delivers “This Is Me,” an Oscar nominee for best song. Read More
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De Lima parody provides comic relief after blunder

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As the missile alert mishap investigation continues, we all owe comedian Frank De Lima one big shaka and mahalo for his witty ditty “Stayin’ Alive,” which parodies that ballistic blunder. Read More
 

Recent gigs confirm Cazimero’s prowess as solo act

Robert Cazimero now is essentially a single act who keeps reinventing himself. Read More

Actors with Hawaii ties shine in film, stage productions

Two former Hawaii actors with theatrical backgrounds are ramping up their show biz stripes as the new year unfolds. Read More

Isle stars with global appeal top annual list

Two internationally celebrated Hawaii-born performers tied for top place in the 2017 Waynies Awards, an annual list of brilliant achievers in the fading year compiled by columnist Wayne Harada. Read More
 

Christmas poem sends holiday wishes to Hawaii stars

‘Twas the morning before Christmas, and tension was mounting; since Santa was still shopping, spewing sweat like a fountain. Read More

Ukulele virtuoso is keeping the magic of Christmas alive

Hawaii’s supreme ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, is home for the holidays, splitting time between family and work. He headlines at the Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Read More

12 songs of Christmas brighten holidays in Hawaii

Check out Wayne Harada’s list of 12 island holiday favorites — many of which are common on radio playlists, with a few somewhat oboslete, but still memorable, picks thrown in for good measure. Read More

Hawaii entertainers make holiday season bright

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. If you’re in the market for holiday cheer, there’s plenty to choose from. Read More

For Nabors, Hawaii was home

Jim Nabors loved Hawaii — and vice versa. Read More

Director Lee weaves rich tapestry of Lili‘uokalani’s life

Veteran filmmaker Edgy Lee, director of “Lili‘uokalani: Reflections of Our Queen,” likens Queen Lili‘uokalani’s story to a Hawaiian quilt. “This film is kind of a tapestry, like the ‘Queen’s Quilt’ sewn during her incarceration at Iolani Palace,” she said. Read More

Librarians engage students in projects with global reach

This year at the American Association of School Librarians gathering in Arizona, there were “aha” moments dealing with topics and themes with local and national implications. Read More

Blue Note gig will reconnect singer with her musical past

Singer Loretta Ables Sayre is reconnecting the dots of her musical career, from lounge singer to Tony-nominated Broadway star, as she preps for her Wednesday night return to Blue Note Hawaii. Read More

Midler hosts annual ‘Hulaween’ fundraiser in NYC

On her night off from her starring role in the Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!,” Tony Award winner Bette Midler will stage her annual Halloween extravaganza, “Hulaween,”at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Read More

Kahele to bring holiday gifts of music, Niihau shell lei

Kuana Torres Kahele, the acclaimed Hawaiian singer, composer, musician, educator and lei maker, will stage “Kuana’s Winter Wonderland” Dec. 8-10 at the Hawaii Theatre. Read More

Thompson provides highlight at jam-packed Cazimero farewell

Nainoa Thompson’s inspirational comments came from the heart and offered a take-away moment from an event crammed with familial memories and musical tidbits. Read More

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