Coconut wireless: wedding, TV slot, opera, boy choir

February 21st, 2009
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Coconut wireless: wedding, TV, opera, choir

Bits ‘n’ pieces:

•   A “Dog” wedding: Lyssa Chapman II, daughter of Duane “Dog" Chapman of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” tied the knot with Brahman “Bo” Galanti, a member of the posse, yesterday at Lanikuhonua at Ko Olina. About 200 family members and friends attended. The ceremony, and the preparations at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, will be covered in an upcoming segment of the highly-rated “Dog” reality show.

•   Brother Noland will be on the Oscars: Sorta. The Mountain Apple Co. recording artist will have an Oscar moment when his classic Island fave, “Coconut Girl,” is part of a “Yearbook” look at the past year’s best comedy films during tomorrow’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC. “Coconut Girl” was featured in Sony’s “Pineapple Express” comedy soundtrack, released last August; we all know that the contagious ditty earned Noland the title of Father of Jawaiian Music here. “My musical life continues to be an evolving journey. This is one of the most exciting paths that ‘Coconut Girl’ has taken,” says Brother Noland, whose journey continues with the March 24 release of a new CD, “Hawaiian Man.” Yep, he da man.
•   Operatic notes: Hawaii Opera Theatre director Henry Akina, costumer Anne Namba and set designer Dean Shibuya (a former Islander, now a San Franciscan), will showcase sets and costumes for a Finland-produced “Madame Butterfly” opera opening July 3 at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The preview brunch-fashion show, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at the Halekulani Hotel ballroom, is an benefit for HOT, which closes its three-show season with “Carmen,” opening Feb. 27 at Blaisdell Concert  Hall. Tickets for the fashion benefit are $100. Information: Anna Meng, 782-4501.
•    A choir of angels: The Honolulu Boy Choir, the ensemble with angelic voices,  has a big spring concert at 7 p.m. May 20 at Central Union Church, meaning the choir has returned “home,” relocating its headquarters earlier this month back to Central Union after a brief move to Makiki Christian Church. “We are just thrilled to be (back) rehearsing every Monday and Wednesday in the Choir Room at Central Union Church,” says Blake Nuibe, boy choir honcho. The choir has ramped up its community appearances, too, like two back to back — a worship service at 10 a.m. tomorrow  at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, followed by a performance at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the tribute show, “Hooray! Haradahood,” for a retired columnist (moi) at the Waikiki Nei Showroom at Royal Hawaiian Center.

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