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Manoa DNA and Gail Mack returning from journeys

By Wayne Harada


TRAVEL LOG: 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. ...

Gail Mack is back home after summering in Alaska, so she joins her Sunset Street partner, Gordon Kim, in serenades from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Sweet Basil at Manoa Marketplace. ...

TUBE TALK: Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume of "Lost") was found guest-starring on NBC's "Law and Order: SVU" Wednesday and will be in another segment this week. ...

You saw CBS' power-packed "Hawaii Five-0" Monday on CBS, but did you catch the premiere of NBC's "The Event" on the same night, when scenes with Jason Ritter were noticeably shot off Waimanalo, at Halona Blow Hole and at Kualoa Regional Park? Yet another booster shot for island tourism. ...

Good to have Kelly Hu, a local face and talent, among the "Hawaii Five-0" semi-regulars. She'll play a public safety liaison to the governor (Jean Smart), a potential recurring part. ...

Actor Branscombe Richmond, of TV's "Renegade" and films such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Scorpion King," fronts a pair of Las Vegas Bike Week celebrity events at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cashman Center and 9 p.m. Friday poolside at the Sahara Hotel. Hawaii's Julia Nickson ("Rambo") and Bill Hufsey ("Days of Our Lives") are among other participants, if you're in the vicinity. ...

SHOW BITS: "The Honky Tonk Angels," the pastiche of country-music ditties corralled around a modest story of three women who meet on a bus and become Nashville singing stars, provides Anita Hall (Angela), Amber Leilani Williams (Darlene) and Alison Aldcroft (Sue Ellen) a wealth of nostalgic material to embrace at Manoa Valley Theatre. Greg Howell's flair with hair adds down-home fun. ...

Even if you've seen Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway, you ought to share the enchantment with a new generation of fans by attending the touring musical at Blaisdell Concert Hall through Oct. 3. The underlying themes — love will find its way, don't judge on appearances — still are valid lessons. ...

That "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music," where you chime in on the do-re-mi's while you watch Julie Andrews and company, unreels at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday at the Hawai'i Theatre. Organist John McCreary plays the theater's Morton organ before the movie. Be creative and don a film-inspired costume; you'll get tips on when to cheer, hiss or boo, making it a giddy interactive experience. Tickets: 528-0506, www.hawaiitheatre.com. ...

Na Leo bring its "Romantic Hawaii" show to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30, part of the Curators of Hawaiian Music series. Tickets: 262-6300. ...

And that's "Show Biz." ...

Wayne Harada's "Show Biz," a fixture for more than 40 years in the Honolulu Advertiser, appears Sundays in the Star-Advertiser. Reach him at 266-0926 or wayneharada@gmail.com. Read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at staradvertiser.com.

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