One final round-up -- and cheers for a super 2010!

December 31st, 2009
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For my final blog of the year, I offer a quickie round-up of events and people you may want to check out...and send best wishes for a healthy and safe new year and new decade:

Music: Makaha Sons at Royal Hawaiian Center

The Makaha Sons — Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, Jerome Koko and John Koko — will be joined by kumu hula Karl “Veto” Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang in a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Royal Grove of the Royal Hawaiian Center.
A Hawaiian fashion show at 6:30 p.m., by Ryan Brown/ADR Productions, will precede the concert, which will feature The Makaha Sons’ signature songs and hula kahiko by Halau I ka Wekiu.
Randy Hudnall of Hawaiian 105 KINE radio will emcee.
“The Makaha Sons are legends in the Hawaiian music scene and will be a great draw for both our visitors and kamaaina community,” said Manu Boyd, cultural director for Royal Hawaiian Center. The site once was Helumoa, a coconut grove with 10,000 trees, in the heart of olden times Waikiki. The Royal Grove now is a gatherig place for music, shopping and dining.
Parking is free with validation — three hours with a restaurant validation, two hours with a food court validation.
Information: www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com.

Opera: Quinn Kelsey at the Hawai’i Theatre

Baritone Quinn Kelsey, who has performed with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and New York Met and the San Francisco Opera, will perform his award-winning repertoire Jan. 20 at the Hawai’i Theatre. Tamara Sanikidze will be piano accompanist.
The recital is a Hawaii Opera Theatre-Hawai’i Theatre collaboration, marking HOT’s 50th anniversary.
Kelsey has starred in numeours operas here, singing Marcello in “La Boheme,” Mandarin and Ping in “Turandot” and Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly.”
Tickets: $25 and $50; a $75 VIP package includes premium orchestra seating and a post-recital cocktail with Kelsey at the theater.
Reservations: 528-0506 or visit www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Music: Another ‘Breathe’ concert Jan. 30

Melveen Leed, Willie K and the Hot Club of Hulaville are among the headliners of the American Lung Assn. of Hawaii’s “Breathe” concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Hawai’i Theatre.
Marian Jay Morrison, veteran Island performer and dance teacher who also has had a 15-year association with Walt Disney Entertainment, will direct the concert, promising an “exhilarating showcase of the senses.”

A cast of 150 will perform. The concert is staged to raise awareness of the importance of clean air — an everyday matter of life and breath — and to combat lung disease and asthma in adults and youths.
Tickets: $35 and $55, $135 for VIP tickets that include a pre-concert with food and beverages at the theater. Discounts are available for seniors, students and military with ID as well as Hawai’i Theatre members.
Reservations: 528-0506 or visit www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Whale-watching: Ahoy there, cruises have begun

Whale-watching cruises, aboard the Atlantis Navatek, have begun, with daily departures at noon, through April 11.
The two-and-a-half-hour lunch cruises trace the East O’ahu shoreline and includes rarely-seen vistas from the sea as well as a buffet. Atlantis also offers its “see a whale or sail again for free” guarantee; if you don’t see a humpback, you may return on another day.
Departures are from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Tickets: $69 for adults, $35 for children 2 through 12, with roundtrip ground transporation included for visitors in Waikiki.
Reservations: www.atlantissubmarines.com.

Radio taping: ‘Aloha Shorts’ set for Jan. 10

“Aloha Shorts” will pay tribute to Filipino authors at a taping at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 10 at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio. To complement the Filipino theme, the University of Hawaii Filipino Rondalla will perform.
Cedric Yamanaka is show host.
Readings will be from the current Bamboo Ridge Press publication, featuring “In the Company of Strangers,” a short story by Michelle Cruz Skinner; excerpts will be read by Donalyn Dela Cruz.
Other writers featured, and those performing, include Eileen Tabios (read by Stephanie Kong), Jennifer Santos Madriaga, Noel Abubo Mateo (Cheyne Gallarde), Normie Salvador (Cheyne Gallarde), Kenneth Zamora Damacion, Darlene M. Javar (Stephanie Kong).
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Call 955-8821.
The taped shows will air at 6:30 p.m. the following Tuesday on KIPO 89.3 FM.

Season’s greetings: Check out Jake Shimabukuro’s website

I’ve applauded Jake Shimabukuro, largely for his one-of-a-kind talent, but my hat’s off to him for his very sincere holiday tidings now on his website, www.jakeshimabukuro.com.
Listen as he recaps this past year, and reveals his plans for the early months of the new year; you hear an earnest, dedicated and committed musicians, whose laurels equal his genuine sincerity. May other entertainers have as much success and humility as Shimabukuro.
And I add my holiday aloha to one and all, as one year ends and a new era begins. Hauoli makahiki hou!

One Response to “One final round-up -- and cheers for a super 2010!”

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