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Monday, November 24, 2014         

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With Thanksgiving approaching, we posed a simple question to local notables: "What are you thankful for this year?" Responses were overwhelmingly personal yet pertinent, reflecting core values like family and health.

Three books out this month offer entertainment and enlightenment on different planes. They're suitable for Christmas gifts, too. … Jack Cione's "Repotting Can Be Such a Bitch" is a candid confessional from the entrepreneur most remembered for those naked waiter shows at the old Dunes club.

Hawaii's Bruno Mars is composing new songs and prepping to go into the studio to re­cord a follow-up to his "Unorthodox Jukebox" CD.

Lloyd Kawakami, who wears two distinct hats in the community, is a current cover boy on Japan Airlines' quarterly in-flight magazine, ‘Eheu. The honor comes when his family musical group, ManoaDNA (Lloyd is dad to Alx and NickKawakami), begins yet another tour of Japan this week.

Nathan Kurosawa, writer and director of the highly regarded 2003 film "The Ride," is preparing his next project, a graphic novel. So he said earlier this month while working as a flight attendant on my Hawaiian Airlines homebound flight from Tokyo's Haneda International Airport.

KoAloha Ukulele, one of the state's prolific producers of the four-string instrument, will be on the move — from Kalihi to Kakaako — as the company heads into its second decade of operations.

Keali‘i Reichel's new CD, "Kawaiokalena," which drops Oct. 21, is a winnah! Fans and hula pupils are going to quickly adopt the title song, "Kawaiokalena," since it's classic Reichel recalling the sweetness of his "Kawaipunahele" era.

Cha Thompson and Ben Aipa, two Farrington High School grads, will be honored at Malama Palama, a Palama Settlement fundraiser Oct. 25 at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room. A 5:30 p.m. reception and a silent auction precede a 6:30 p.m. dinner.

John Rowles, the New Zealand-based singer who was a major Waikiki attraction in the 1970s, will make his first return appearance, headlining with the Elvis Presley TCB Band, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Filmmaker Christopher K.T. Bright, grandson of Ron and Mo Bright, has landed his first film festival for his short film, "Tsuru," which deals with the World War II internment camp experience.


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