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Aloha Council scouting video wins Kimura national awards

By Wayne Harada


Audy Kimura, award-winning singer-composer-guitarist and commercial jingle writer-producer, has won two prestigious national awards. About scouting, no less. In the 32nd Telly Awards, which honor video achievement, Kimura produced and wrote "Scouting In Hawaii and the Pacific -- The First 100 Years," which won the charitable/not-for-profit video award and use of music (his composition and performance) video laurels. The Aloha Council/Boy Scouts of America commissioned the 12-minute video to commemorate the centennial of scouting in the Pacific, and Emmy-winning videographer Gene Kois shot the project with editor Daniel Bernardoni and narrator Bill Baiste. ...

There's a back story, too. Kimura, the eight-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning entertainer at Hy's Steak House, is an alumnus of Troop 1 at Punahou School, the first Scout group in the Pacific, founded in 1910 by painter D. Howard Hitchcock. "Scouting gave me some of the greatest friendships of my life and taught me many things you just don't learn in school," said Kimura. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Veteran Broadway actor Byron Nease, known to show-goers here as Raoul in "The Phantom of the Opera," has relocated to Honolulu. "I have been coming with my grandparents since I was a small boy on the Lurline and have wanted to live here ever since," said Nease, who's gigged with the Honolulu Symphony and in several community and political benefits here. "It has always felt like home to me. And, at last, it is." ...

Maggie Q, starring on CW's "Nikita" reboot, is the lone Honoluluan in People's World's Most Beautiful issue. She recalls her mom's unique food-for-thought beauty treatments: mayo in the hair, egg whites on the face. ...

Actor Josh Holloway, Sawyer in "Lost," will make a cameo appearance in the two-part, hourlong "Community" finale, airing May 12. He's portraying a stranger in Greendale in a segment that flashes back to Season 1's paintball episode but incorporates a spaghetti Western homage to director Sergio Leone. ...

Daniel Dae Kim, Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," was among those who gave a standing ovation to Diamond Head Theatre's final performance of "The King and I." Paolo Montalban and Tricia Marciel, as the Siamese king and the Brit school teacher, respectively, topped a stellar cast of singers-dancers in director Greg Zane's stunning jewel piece, reworking the essence of culture, gender, tolerance, romance and compassion in defining the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. ...

DATEBOOK: John Hirokawa's "Magic of Polynesia" show, ensconced in the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel showroom, now has an earlier curtain time: 6:30 p.m. daily (dinner show check-in, 5 p.m.). That clears the space for special shows later in the evening. ...

"Pacific Swing," the Nathan Osmond-starring revue of 1940s swing classics and island tunes, has moved from the Waikiki Marriott to the Royal Hawaiian. The dinner package is $184 (served at Azure), cocktails only $117, with the show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Kamaaina rates are available. Call 800-453-8020 or go to www.pacificswinghawaii.com. ...

Jim Brickman brings his songs of romance to the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. ...

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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