Kapena launches 2018 ‘Wildest Show’ lineup at Honolulu Zoo
Roy Sakuma will emcee “The Wildest Show in Town,” a Wednesday twilight destination at the Honolulu Zoo, from June 6 to Aug. 15 (no show on July 4).
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Roy Sakuma, for decades a presenter of summertime outdoor entertainment, again will emcee “The Wildest Show in Town,” a Wednesday twilight destination at the Honolulu Zoo from June 6 to Aug. 15 (no show on July 4).
“ ‘The Wildest Show in Town’ has become a Wednesday tradition for families and tourists attracted to the great entertainment at a nominal fee,” said Sakuma, whose name is synonymous with the ukulele (thanks to his Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios) and his 48th annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand set for 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15.
“The first was in 1986, when it was called ‘I’m Wild About the Zoo,’ ” said Sakuma, who assisted in its launch. He assumed programming in 1987 and launched the current name. The series originally was free.
“After 32 years, I still love the event, helping the zoo and seeing everyone enjoying themselves,” said Sakuma.
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.; programs will run from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the zoo.
>> June 6: Kapena, a family band led by Kelly Boy DeLima, specializing in pop, Hawaiian, Jawaiian and a big winner in the recent Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
>> June 13: Josh Tatofi, island musician and a Grammy nominee this year
>> June 20: Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki, a youth ukulele group
>> June 27: Keauhou, a multiple Hoku-winning Hawaiian vocal-instrumental trio
>> July 11: Beat-lele, a Beatles ukulele tribute group
>> July 18: Willie K, Hawaiian and blues wizard
>> July 25: The Makaha Sons, Hawaiian music trio
>> Aug. 1: Johnny Helm and Friends, contemporary group
>> Aug. 8: Noel Okimoto and the Jazz All Stars, a tribute to Jimmy Borges
>> Aug. 15: Jon Yamasato, island singer-musician
Sakuma annually enlists ukulele sponsors to donate instruments for weekly giveaways; alternating participants include Kanilea/Islander Ukulele, KoAloha Ukulele, Kala Ukulele, and Ko‘olau/Pono Ukulele. …
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And that’s “Show Biz.” …
Wayne Harada is a veteran Honolulu entertainment columnist. Reach him at 266-0926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.