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

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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'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.

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."

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.


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