Ho‘okena, the sweet-voiced Hawaiian group, is undergoing change with the departure of Manu Boyd. So the newly refined Ho‘okena will carry on as a trio, with remainees Chris Kamaka, Glen Smith and Horace Dudoit III.
Ciana Pelekai, 11, a student at Hickam's Mokulele Elementary School, will be off to Broadway Wednesday for a callback audition to portray the title character"Annie" in a fall 2012 revival of the Tony Award-winning musical.
Masi Oka, Hiro Nakamura on NBC's "Heroes" and now Dr. Max Bergman on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0," has joined the "GD Club" at Chef Mavro. Oka ordered up the Grand Degustation menu, with wine, which includes everything on the menu (13 items) in small quarter-portions.
Loretta Ables-Sayre will re-create the Bloody Mary character, which earned her a Tony nomination (best supporting actress in a musical), in the European equity production of "South Pacific," opening Aug. 15 for a run through Oct. 1 at the Barbican Theatre in London.
You never know who you'll meet when taking in a Broadway show. At a Palace Theatre performance of the Bette Midler-produced "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," who should walk in but Mufi Hannemann and his New York-based sister, Vaofua "Va" Maughan, who is married to British financier Sir Deryck Maughan (so folks call her Lady Va).
The Maui Film Festival, slated Wednesday through Sunday in Wailea, again will be sprinkled with stardust. Translation: the Barry Rivers-driven event sure knows how to party hearty, always with a handful of "somebodies" invited.
Chef-caterer Steve Ozark says his savory gravy, commonly served at backstage feasts for visiting stars, is the same one he prepares for the homeless and hungry at downtown’s River of Life Mission, where he volunteers.
Local boy Anthony Ruivivar has completed filming an hourlong A&E pilot, "Big Mike," set in San Diego but shot in Orlando, Fla. He's playing Armando, an ex-Marine and partner to lead cop Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman in "Heroes"), the plus-size detective of the title.
With earthquake, tsunami and radiation uncertainty still very much a part of Japan's present and future, island musicians who make frequent pilgrimages continue to juggle plans to promote Hawaiiana there.
This could be islander Jason Momoa's best year yet. The former model and "Baywatch" and "Stargate Atlantis" actor will get ample exposure in the weeks ahead, beginning with HBO's "Game of Thrones" epic, premiering next Sunday.
Bruno Mars should make it three in a row when "The Lazy Song," his next single, is released May 9 from his best-selling "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" CD. Its ear-worthy and toe-tapping Jawaiian aura make it a natural for island contemporary radio play.
The musical duo Hapa is in yet another evolutionary phase of change. Founding member Barry Flan a gan has a new musical sidekick, Ron Kua la'au, whose 30-year friendship with Flan a gan led to the updated musical partnership. Kua la'au replaces Nathan Aweau, who followed original member Keli'i Kane alii.
If theater is all about connections, Diamond Head Theatre's "The King and I" — opening March 25 — boasts links and bonds galore. There are Broadway connections, dating back to the 1996 revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.
Looks like Rip Taylor's one-man show, "It Ain't All Confetti," is heading to the Hawaii Theatre sometime in July, according to the theater's Burton White. Taylor will kibitz, do shtick and drop names (of stars he's worked with on stage, on TV, in films).
Life has been a song for Dean Pitchford, a lyricist and writer by trade, and easily Hawaii's most notable past Oscar winner. His title tune for "Fame," with music by Michael Gore, earned the 1980 Oscar for best song
Add "producer" to the many show biz hats worn by Hawaii's Bette Midler. The Divine Miss M gets top billing, as a producer/investor, when the Broadway-bound musical "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" arrives at Times Square's Palace Theatre on Feb. 28 for previews, leading up to its March 20 premiere.
A gallery of donated artwork by "Lost" actors, representing their time here over six seasons filming the hit ABC series, will be exhibited for the first time at a Honolulu Theatre for Youth fundraising kickoff party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tenney Theatre.
Actress Jessica Biel ("The A-Team," "The Illusionist") apparently has been home-shopping in Kahala, but not in the company of recent beau Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network," "Friends With Benefits"). He could be her ex, or perhaps they have worked out their apart-ness, but Hawaii could be a part-time rendezvous for her — or for them.
Maui was abuzz with celebs earlier this month, with singer Pink (showing her baby bump) and Carey Hart enjoying a pre-birth getaway. Taking in the sun and surf: canoers Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz, paddleboarder Tobey Maguire, paddleboarder duo Leonardo DiCaprio with main squeeze Bar Rafaeli, and sunbather Naomi Campbell.
In lieu of an inaugural ball, Mayor Peter Carlisle will hold a "Mayoral Celebration" on Feb. 14 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Because of Valentine's Day, love will obviously be a theme.
Avex Honolulu, the state-of-the-art recording studio located on the marina at the Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai, faces closure, despite a hectic and fruitful year hosting a number of A-list acts.
'Twas the week before Christmas; And all through the 'aina; Santa had presents; For malihini and kamaaina. For Pres. Obama and Michelle;
A tranquil holiday retreat; With Alan Wong grinds, Shave ice, Zipmin. Neat!
Tony Ruivivar, co-founder and pillar of the original Society of Seven group and mentor to the spinoff Society of Seven LV (Latest Version), underwent surgery last week at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The nature of the procedure has not been revealed.
Local girl Ann Harada (no relation), who created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" musical, has tapped her Broadway colleagues to do a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit titled "Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve" at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Midtown Theatre in New York.
Are things looking up in Waikiki? After the summer demise of the Royal Hawaiian Center showroom, aka Level 4, there's fresh buzz that a Las Vegas impersonators production of "Legends," with look- and sound-alike Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and other iconic popsters, is destined to occupy the space.
Sherry Shaoling, the island model-actress-fashionista now based in Los Angeles, is back home following what she dubs an "unbelievable excellent adventure" - her marriage to Xiaojun Wang in his native village, Dengfeng, in Henan province, home of the legendary Shaolin temple in remote central China.
Pop star Justin Bieber managed to get around town under the radar despite his celebrity. Before concertizing at the Blaisdell Arena Oct. 8 and 9, he sneaked into Avex Honolulu Studios in Hawaii Kai to lay down some vocal tracks.
What's better than a sizzling, build-your-own burger when you're working into the night? The cast and crew of "Hawaii Five-0" got this meal treat the other eve when chef D.K. Kodama and his crew from the Counter at Kahala Mall grilled hamburgers for about 150 folks.
Jean Smart, the Emmy-winning actress who portrays Gov. Patricia Jameson on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" reboot, was a contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" a week ago, earning $27,500 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Manoa DNA has been in Japan again, performing in Sapporo for two days and in Tokyo for the Japan Association of Travel Agents' World Travel Fair. Dad Lloyd Kawakami and sons Nick and Alex return home Tuesday.
Amy Hanaiali'i, the islands' best-selling female vocalist, perhaps has found a way to woo Grammy voters who traditionally have given the nod in the Hawaiian music category to compilations of slack-key guitarists.
There was glee galore when Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison, who stars as Will Schuester in Fox's "Glee," took in the exquisite "Te Au Moana" luau show beachfront at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa over the Labor Day weekend.
The "classic" Society of Seven, the septet led by Tony Ruivivar, returns to the Outrigger Waikiki's main showroom Tuesday for a limited run after a nine-year absence. Expect a mix of familiar numbers and a revamped roster with three new faces onstage — but also some unexpected offstage casualties.
Local singer Tahiti Rey, daughter of entertainer Augie Rey, is thrilled beyond words that Johnny Depp, Capt. Jack Sparrow of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, visited Apartment 3 two Wednesdays in a row for dinner.
Jack Cione, the Arcadia's irrepressible "Follies" producer-director, had his heart set on a weeklong Broadway trek to catch up on shows, but while going through security to board a plane, he tripped and suffered fractures in his left knee and shoulder.
Amy Hanaiali'i is back home after a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Honolulu's "sister city" ties with Okinawa and Japan — a jaunt that included Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the singer's band, comprised of bassist Steve Jones, guitarist Jeff Peterson, guitarist Chino Montero and hula dancers Kehau Marzo Nielson and Aureana Tseu.
When diners at Hy's Steak House ask resident singer-composer Audy Kimura to perform his best-known composition, there's frequent laughter and chuckles when he begins reciting the "Battery Bill" rap, a current TV commercial staple.
Ronald Rey Bryant, the hip-hopper-rapper known by his stage name Baby Bash and for hits such as "Suga Suga," stopped by Island Slipper store at Ward Warehouse to buy some cool hats for his recent concert at Bar Paparazzi.
Arcadia residents are delighted that a longtime rumor has been confirmed: President Barack Obama, Hawaii's best-known celebrity, once worked in food services at the Punahou Street retirement complex while attending Punahou School.