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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.

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.

"Honu by the Sea" is in London. Johnson Enos' environmental fantasy-musical is not enjoying a run in the West End, instead the show's musical score is being recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the famed Abbey Road Studios.

La Pietra — Hawaii School for Girls will mark its 50th anniversary with a Sunset Jazz gala Sept. 14 on the Great Lawn on the slopes of Diamond Head. The campus' entertainment beacon, singer and teacher Shari Lynn has assembled some first-rate talent for an evening of song and supper on the historic site.

He hasn't officially confirmed (or denied) the casting, but Jason Momoa, the actor from Hawaii, will almost certainly portray Aquaman in an upcoming movie. Momoa surely has the physique for Aquaman.


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