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SHOW BIZ


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2010 Waynies fly to Mars, 'Five-0' star Caan and Iz

By Wayne Harada

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Welcome to the Waynies, 2010 edition, a recap of the outgoing year, a glimpse at the missiles that took off, the misfires that did not.

Reflect and remember:

STAR OF THE YEAR: Bruno Mars, notably for his string of chart-busters (as composer, performer), including "Just the Way You Are," "Billionaire," "Nothing but You," plus seven Grammy Award nominations. So who needs a Hoku Award?

TV BREAKTHROUGH STAR: Scott Caan, the Danny "Danno" Williams of the reboot of "Hawaii Five-0," for being a formidable spark plug opposite Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) on the Hawaii-filmed CBS show. His Danno leaped out of the pack and earned him the show's first Golden Globe nomination (TV, supporting actor). Could an Emmy nod be next?

MALE STAR: Layton "Elika" Santos, new lead singer with Tony Ruivivar's classic Society of Seven group, in brief appearances this summer and fall at the Outrigger Waikiki's Main Showroom. His sizzling Journey tribute, plus ensemble work as an impressionist, made him an instant fave.

FEMALE STAR: Arshiel Calatrava, featured female singer in the aforementioned SOS engagement (she was 15 in her debut and still a student a Farrington High School), clearly is one to watch. She made local fans forget Jasmine Trias.

ARRIVALS: "Hawaii Five-0," 2010 version, with O'Loughlin, Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, boosted the profile of island filming (not to forget the year's other biggies like Johnny Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a cadre of big-screen and tube endeavors). Hawaii is where the action is, truly.

DEPARTURES: ABC's "Lost" wound up six seasons of island filming, not because of a lack of ratings, but because producers completed the complicated story arc.

Death claimed James MacArthur, the first-run Danny "Danno" Williams of "Hawaii Five-0," on Oct. 28. Veteran Hawaiian music deejay Krash Kealoha died Nov. 25; he also was a founder of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award. ...

The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra went kaput, dissolving and disbanding, ending a 110-year legacy. Call it the Day the Music Died. ...

Roy Tokujo's dream of a mammoth high-tech showroom, Level 4 at the Royal Hawaiian Center, turned into a financial nightmare when it remained mostly vacant (apart from short-term clients) despite efforts to land a formidable resident tenant. ...

Makana tried to expand his Royal Hawaiian Monarch Room show into an International Market Place centerpiece, but the ambitious venture (with a high price tag) closed without notice.

CHANGE IS HARD: An era ended when the Outrigger Waikiki's Main Showroom ceased to be a hotel-operated venue and Frannie Kirk retired as showroom overseer. While the space, still home base for the Society of Seven (and spinoff Society of Seven LV), is still operating, SOS leader Tony Ruivivar is among the diehards trying hard to keep the joint jumping. ...

HOT SPOTS: Morimoto Waikiki and Crazybox, both at the Waikiki Edition hotel. ...

ORCHIDS TO: Jack Johnson, for winning a humanitarian award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards Nov. 4 in New York City for his eco-friendly philanthropic work. ... And to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, though deceased, who continued to share his aloha (via music) with the world; notably, he topped German charts with his "Over the Rainbow" this year. ...

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

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or wayneharada@gmail.com; read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at www.staradvertiser.com.






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