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Rock to voice demigod Maui in new Disney film ‘Moana’

By Wayne Harada
With two box office champs taking pivotal roles in Disney's Oceania-themed, animated "Moana" film, anticipation is high for the Mouse House's first Polynesian princess.

Cazimero Christmas show canceled for health reasons

By Wayne Harada
Another tradition bites the dust? “A Cazimero Christmas,” the holiday production celebrating the festivities and joys of the yuletide, won’t be staged at the Hawaii Theatre in December.

Widow’s upcoming biography on Reiplinger eagerly awaited

By Wayne Harada
Leesa Clark Stone, widow of iconic comedian Rap Reiplinger, is doing research and conducting interviews to write his biography from a very personal perch.

Polynesian show to return to Princess Kaiulani hotel

By Wayne Harada
Tihati Productions' flagship Polynesian show, "Te Moana Nui," will move to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani's Ainahau Showroom beginning Aug. 28, where performances will be staged Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Popular playwright to return to newspaper-writing roots

By Wayne Harada
You might have heard that Lee Cataluna, the popular columnist and playwright, is returning to print. She’s rebooting her column writing starting Aug. 3 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser after a year as a teacher at ‘Iolani School.

Wong lands role in musical premiering in San Diego

By Wayne Harada
Ballerina and reigning Narcissus Festival Queen Erica Wong has been cast in the world premiere of "In Your Arms," the new dance theater musical by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli and Stephen Flaherty, as part of the Old Globe Theatre's 2015-16 season in San Diego.

Bright's family and friends recall theater maven's life

By Wayne Harada
Ronald E. Bright, 81, the beloved and iconic theater director, was generous and genuine in his compassion and concern for his craft, his family, his actors.

Playwright Caan's 'Five-0' break filled with stage time

By Wayne Harada
So what has Scott Caan, who plays Danny "Danno" Williams in CBS' "Hawaii Five-0," been doing during his summer vacation?

Robbery scam tarnishes visit to Great White Way

By Wayne Harada
Entrepreneur Jack Cione is back from a Broadway visit, where he took in 10 shows, but the journey was marred on his final night.

Linkner recalls time working with the great Brian Wilson

By Wayne Harada
Veteran recording wizard Jim Linkner, who's earned his share of Na Hoku Hanohano Awards over the decades, went to see "Jurassic World" at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters, where he spotted the poster for "Love & Mercy," the new biopic on the conflicted life and times of Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys and an icon of California surfin' safari tunes.

Nagaishi to open restaurant in new Hukilau Marketplace

By Wayne Harada
Veteran Waikiki restaurateur David Nagaishi wound up a 12-year run as vice president/general manager of both Ocean House and Shorebird restaurants at the Outrigger Reef Hotel on the Beach on Saturday night.

'Follies' director Jack Cione celebrated as an inspiration

By Wayne Harada
Showman Jack Cione was heralded as a beacon of artistic energy and inspiration for his Arcadia Retirement Residence community at a recent afternoon wine-and-cheese salute.

‘Aloha’ opens amid swirl of controversy, approval

By Wayne Harada
“Aloha,” the Cameron Crowe movie with an all-star cast led by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, has buzz and boos galore as it opened nationwide over the weekend.

School's out, but Lynn looks primed for a busy summer

By Wayne Harada
Shari Lynn, a Hawaii School for Girls teacher and singer-actress, has plenty on her plate.

Islanders McCollum, Miles make plans for the Tonys

By Wayne Harada
Ruthie Ann Miles, playing Lady Thiang in Lincoln Center's "The King & I," isn't the lone Hawaii nominee in the Tony Awards on June 7.

Tune with 'disco luau feel' starts Kawakami's solo run

By Wayne Harada
Alx Kawakami's first single, "Fireknife!," drops Tuesday, and it certainly sounds like a contender as a summer sizzler.

Her students, pals and fans help Rego amid rough time

By Wayne Harada
Voice coach Neva Rego, beloved by many local entertainers for her wisdom and teaching over the past 30 years, is making progress following a botched surgery that led to an eight-month hospital stay.

TV special honoring Nabors to highlight birthday bash

By Wayne Harada
Filming is underway for a local Jim Nabors TV special that will air on KHNL and KGMB come September.

Actress' 'South Pacific' role is deemed defining portrayal

By Wayne Harada
Theodore "Ted" Chapin, president and executive director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which governs the performing rights for the classic R&H repertoire, considers our homegrown Loretta Ables Sayre (who earned a Tony nomination when she re-created the role for Lincoln Center Theatre's "South Pacific" hit from 2008 to 2010) as the show's defining portrayal of Bloody Mary.

Mars song 'Uptown Funk' is year's biggest hit so far

By Wayne Harada
"Uptown Funk!" — recorded by Mark Ronson and featuring Hawaii's Bruno Mars on lead vocals —is this year's undisputed chart champ. It's been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks since its Jan. 15 chart debut.

Helm and pals to serve up a tasty Mother's Day show

By Wayne Harada
Singer Raiatea Helm will stage what looks to be the season's most luxurious Mother's Day brunch May 10 at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room.

Parrish puts her puppy love into peta2 awareness video

By Wayne Harada
Hawaii actress Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars," "Dancing With the Stars") happily has gone to the dogs — with her adorable pooch pup Kleo.

Ramsey secures big role in Disney's 'The Lion King'

By Wayne Harada
Actor Jo Ramsey is on a roll, moving fromGary Cooper to the Lion King. Ramsey, of Laie, made his Honolulu theatrical debut in Kumu Kahua's recent "My Name is Gary Cooper," earning raves.

Scions of the Bright ohana all set to tread the boards

By Wayne Harada
Look for third-generation actors from the Ronald and Mo Brightohana in theatrical productions here and in California.

Isles' Enos rolls out mascot for 'Honu by the Sea' show

By Wayne Harada
Say aloha to two characters with Hawaii ties: one a mascot of an ever-evolving family musical, the other a comic book figure destined to become one of the next masters of the filmic superhero universe.

Half of the Brothers Caz is recovering and writing

By Wayne Harada
If you haven't yet noticed, the Brothers Cazimero are on an extended hiatus of sorts.

Isle actors share the stage in Lincoln Center's 'King'

By Wayne Harada
Four Hawaii actors — plus one backstager with creative input — will be featured in the latest revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," which will begin preview performances March 3 en route to its April 16 premiere at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

Actress finds inner strength through dancing competition

By Wayne Harada
Actress Janel Parrish was home recently toscout for a site and finalize details for her sister's beachfront wedding next February.

'CabaRAE' talent, fiancee seal the deal in Las Vegas

By Wayne Harada
Jean-Pierre Poissonnet, who co-stars as a roller skater and featured singer in Alan Goldberg's "CabaRAE" extravaganza at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, tied the knot with Kimberley Gustavson on Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.

Shakespearefest and more keeping Jones on his toes

By Wayne Harada
Sean Jones, the actor son of bassist Stephen Jones and wife Lee Ann, has earned his Actors Equity card by joining the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.

Kaneohe actor signs on with off-Broadway musical

By Wayne Harada
Garett Taketa of Kaneohe is the latest Hawaii actor signed to an off-Broadway musical prepping for a July 3 opening.

Costume choice didn't thrill the real 'Big Eyes' painter

By Wayne Harada
Artist Margaret Keane, the ex-Honolulu resident whose troubled life with a manipulative husband who took credit for all of her jeepers-peepers big-eyed paintings, has a cameo appearance in "Big Eyes," the Tim Burton flick that explores the deception behind the eyeballs.

Mars' $6.5 million home buy plops him near acting elite

By Wayne Harada
Bruno Mars, the superstar from Hono­lulu, purchased a $6.5 million home in the Fryman Canyon region of Studio City, Calif. He acquired the property prior to Christmas; the mansion is in a gated community and comes with a lot of extras, according to Variety.

Borges begins recording series of retrospective CDs

By Wayne Harada
Christmas arrived early for jazz crooner Jimmy Borges, who has started recording the first of a series of CDs with the Mountain Apple Co.

Bruno Mars tops yearly list of entertainment acclaim

By Wayne Harada
It's time to unveil the Waynies, the year's recap of highs and lows, winners and sinners, biggies and bummers. There's no peer balloting, no public voting. The choices are solely mine:

'Twas the Sunday before Christmas

By Wayne Harada
With Santa still struggling, To finish his omiyage list, To avoid last-minute juggling. His mission was challenging, Searching all over the aina. For items large and small, Some majah, some mynah.

Koko of the Makaha Sons carries on for annual show

By Wayne Harada
And then there was one. When the Makaha Sons' Christmas show, "Makaha Kalikimaka," unfolds at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, longtime group member Louis "Moon" Kauakahi will not be present. He "retired" during the summer.

De Lima delivers yule cheer with 40th-anniversary DVD

By Wayne Harada
‘De Lima's De Clips" — a DVD celebrating Frank De Lima's 40 years of comedy shows in Hawaii — boasts a cover image of a moon-faced De Lima eclipsing the sun.It's produced on a small budget but boasts a bounty of outrageous nuggets.

Isle girl Scherzinger lands plum role in London's 'Cats'

By Wayne Harada
Nicole Scherzinger, the islander who's the ex-lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, will be the cat's meow in London this winter. Scherzinger takes on Grizabella, the tarnished Glamour Cat who delivers the show-stopping "Memory" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats."

Entertainers share views on why they are thankful

By Wayne Harada
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.

Work on Perry and Price part of a trio of new books

By Wayne Harada
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.

Mars returns to airwaves with Ronson collaboration

By Wayne Harada
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.

ManoaDNA, 'Iolani apparel patriarch stars on JAL mag

By Wayne Harada
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.

Japan trip yields fun finds, tip on filmmaker's new work

By Wayne Harada
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.

Booming Kakaako to house KoAloha Ukulele's new digs

By Wayne Harada
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.

Upcoming CD by Reichel sure to be a crowd-pleaser

By Wayne Harada
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.

Gala for Palama Settlement to salute Thompson, Aipa

By Wayne Harada
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.

Former Waikiki headliner is back with Elvis' old band

By Wayne Harada
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 Bright succeeds in placing 'Tsuru' at festival

By Wayne Harada
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.

The Rock will add muscle to latest comic-turned-film

By Wayne Harada
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the latest actor entering the comic-character film derby. The Hawaii celeb will play the somewhat villainous Black Adam in "Shazam," the DC Entertainment property.

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