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COURTESY SAMANTHA NEYLAND
On the Scene: Samantha Neyland

Samantha Neyland was born while her father was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. She’d lived in several states, and in Spain and Japan, by the time her dad was transferred to Hawaii. Read more

COURTESY DEAN TABA
On the Scene: Hawaii musician Dean Taba

Dean Taba was committed to the French horn until the McKinley High School music program started an after-school big band. The band couldn’t use a French horn but needed someone to play bass. Read more

COURTESY EDEN LEE MURRAY
                                Eden Lee Murray starred as Falstaff in the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival’s virtual production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
On the scene with Eden Lee Murray

Eden Lee Murray grew up in Kansas City, Mo., watching her mother perform with the Community Childrens Theatre. Murray was 4 when her mother asked her to pull the curtain open to start a performance. Read more

COURTESY CBS
                                Amy Hill
On the scene with Amy Hill of ‘Magnum P.I.’

Amy Hill was born in South Dakota, graduated from high school in Seattle, and established herself as a stage actor with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. Television audiences discovered her in 1994 when she played Grandma Kim in Margaret Cho’s landmark sitcom, “All-American Girl.” Hill has worked steadily in television and film ever since. Read more

COURTESY MAGNOLIA BASOC
                                Magnolia Basoc graduated from McKinley in May. She was awarded the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i Foundation’s 2019-2020 Scholarship two months later.
On the scene with Magnolia Basoc

Magnolia Basoc was 12, the youngest of three sisters, when her parents — Adelfa and Nicomedes Basoc — moved their family of five from Davao City in the southern Philippines to live in a single rented room in her uncle’s house in Honolulu. Read more

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                Voting to select the finalists and determine the winner was conducted earlier this summer. The winner will be announced at the 43rd Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show, which will be held as a virtual event on an undetermined date in October.
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards favorite entertainer finalists named

The final field of nominees for the 2020 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is now official as the ­Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) announces the finalists for favorite entertainer of the year — the only Hoku Award category where the finalists and the winner are determined by public vote. Read more

COURTESY KIMO KEAULANA
                                Frank E.K. Damas, Aletha “Puna” Goodwin Kaohi, Kimo Alama Keaulana and Mamo Wassman performed at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Church in October 2018.
On the scene with Kimo Keaulana

Kimo Alana Keaulana grew up in Honolulu speaking Hawaiian at a time when most Native Hawaiians outside Niihau only spoke English. Read more

Diamond Head Theatre leads at Po‘okela Awards

Diamond Head Theatre received a pace-setting 21 awards in 15 categories as the Hawaii State Theatre Council announced the recipients of the 2020 Po‘okela Awards for excellence Monday evening in a virtual awards show that was streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Read more

COURTESY JOE MARQUEZ
                                Rolando Sanchez
On the Scene: Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez was a teenager when his grandmother completed the paperwork required to bring him and his family to join her in the United States. Read more

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Ledward Ka‘apana
Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival goes virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many annual events island residents enjoy, but Milton Lau is keeping his promise to the people of Hawaii that the slack-key festivals he produces will happen as scheduled. Read more


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