Archive for May, 2010

Show bits: Sunset on Beach, Aquarium vibes, etc.

May 31st, 2010

So many haps, so little time: Here are some going-out options:

Benefit: Reichel to ‘Sing 4 HUGS’ in Saturday ‘Sunset’ show

Award-winning singer and kumu hula will perform with his Halau Kealaokamaile in “Sing 4 HUGS,” a special Sunset on the Beach concert, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (June 5) in Waikiki.
Reichel is a 19-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and a former Hawaiian Grammy nominee, known for numerous recordings including his iconic “Kawaipunahele” CD, which launched his career as a vocalist.
Sing 4 HUGS is a non-profit group that supports seriously ill Island children and their families. Those making a $25 or more tax-deductible donation will receive a free, limited-edition poster. Go to or for details.

Music: Aquarium ready to launch ‘Ke Kani O Ke Kai’

The Waikiki Aquarium is set to launch its five summertime oceanfront concert under the stars, beginning June 17. The programs, on the grassy lawn next to the aquarium, will be held every other Thursday through Aug. 12.
The schedule:
• June 17 — Hapa. With food by Kahai Street Kitchen.
• July 1 — Makana. With food by Rainbow Drive-In.
• July 15 — Willie K. With food by Yama’s Fish Market.
• July 29 — Amy Hanaiali’i. With food by Big City Diner.
• Aug. 12 — Ho’okena. With food by Hula Grill Waikiki.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with concerts at 7 p.m. Arrive early for optimal seating; low-lying beach chairs are permitted, along with mats or blankets.
The five-show season ticket is $120 general admission, $75 for Friends of Waikiki Aquarium members ($40 for junior series, aged 7 to 12). The ticket includes tours of the galleries and aquarium exhibits.
Individual tickets: $30 adults, $10 children 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under; $18 and $7 for Friends of Waikiki Aquarium.
Reservations: Honolulu Box Office, 550-8457,

Clubs: Sunset Street at Basil Wednesday before breather

Sunset Street, the duo comprised of Gail Mack and Gordon Kim, will perform at Thai Sweet Basil at Manoa Marketplace from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (June 2), then will take a summer break.
The group will resume shows there in August.

Stage: TAG launches ‘Top Dog/Underdog’ this Friday

The Actors Group will present “Top Dog/Underdog,” a play by Suzan-Lori Parks, beginning Friday (June 4) at its theater at 1116 Smith St., second floor.
Harry Wong III will direct;
The story is about two brothers, Lincoln (Moses Good) and Booth (Q), first abandoned by one parent, then the other,who depend on each other for survival. Now in their 30s, the bros struggle to make a new life to dodge poverty. Lincoln is a master of the con game, three card monte, who abandons a life of crime for a more respectable job impersonating Abraham Lincoln at an arcade. Booth, who makes living as a petty thief, wishes to emulate his older brother’s success with the cards, and the play explores their tug-of-war for control.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, through June 27, but there will be no performance on Friday June25, replaced by a June 23 show.
Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors, $12 students and military.
Reservations: 722-6941,

Clubs: Comedians bring laughs to Pipeline Café

Laughs are on the agenda as comedians head to the Pipeline Café:
• J. Chris Newberg takes the stage this Wednesday (June 2).
• Twista, joined by emcee Rick Rock, DJ Doggfather, The Mob, Faioso, JamRoq, Victory, Samoan Dienasty and others top the bill this Friday (June 4). Graham Elwood will perform June 9.
• Finesse Mitchell is set for June 23. at Pipeline Café.
Showtime is 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.; all ages welcome.
Presale tickets: $20 general, $40 VIP priority seating; for the Twista bill, $30 general, $70 VIP in advance, $100 VIP at the door.
Reservations:,, or at the Pipeline Café box office and Hawaii’s Natural High; Twista tickets also available at the UH Campus Ticket Center, Digg Lifestyle, Journey’s Ala Moana, Smokey’s, Razor Concept.

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When the Hoku trophy goes home, anything can happen

May 28th, 2010

What happens after the hoopla and the Na Hoku Hanohano Award trophy goes home with the winner?
With this year’s awards night coming up Sunday, I asked past recipients how their disc-shaped trophies have fit into and shaped their lives.
Some stash the award in a place of honor, as expected, but one winner gives away his Na Hoku to a deserving friend; another has gifted an award to a fan abroad.
The trophies still inspire, apparently.
One multi-winner has his trophies in public storage, however (they do take a lot of space on a mantle or in a trophy case). And a few have had to mend deteriorating (deficient?) awards when the nameplate dropped off. Glue gun, anyone?

The memories they share:

Robert Cazimero, of The Brothers Cazimero; has won more than a dozen, but has only two left.
Quote: “I’ve always given them away, to Jon (de Mello, his manager), to people in the office who worked so hard for us, to a friend who devoted years of his service to the Life Foundation, to a best pal I loved dearly who took the time to love me back, to a friend’s mom who always cooked and fed me. There are so many others who deserve a Hoku; I only need one; I would be honored to give it to you, Wayne.”
Note to Robert: Mahalo plenty. Appreciate the thought; but I have two Hokus in an obscure shelf in my living room, amid apples (wood, marble, glass, papier mache) I collect here and during travels.

Glenn Medeiros; has two.
Quote: “I’ve always proudly placed them in a space next to some of the old gold records I’ve collected over the years (most associated with his “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” national hit). People usually look at the gold records and then glance at the Hokus asking, ‘What are those things?’ People from Hawai’i are blown away; when it’s visitors, I usually explain ‘Hawai’i’s version of the Grammys.’ Two Hokus are more than I thought I would ever have; it’s an honor to receive them.”

Jake Shimabukuro; has 12.
Quote: “My Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are a bit scattered at the moment; most of them are at my mom’s house; I have four in my office, one at my grandma’s on Moloka’I; and one at my dad’s. (Still another is at his manager’s). I’ll never forget the very first one I received with the band Pure Heart. That was a very emotional evening for me and my family. (He shed tears).”

Amy Hanaiali’i; has 15.
Quote: “My most touching story was having my Grandmother Jennie (Napua Hanaiali’I Woodd) there, the first year I won. At the Hoku Awards, there was a fight that broke out in the back room. I took tutu to the bathroom; on the way back, she walked right in the middle of the fight. She said ‘beep, beep.’ It was classic. My Hoku are in a glass cabinet high away from (daughter) Madeline; you know, she thinks she is Beyonce now. LOL.”

Horace Dudoit III, of Ho’okena; has five or six.
Quote: “Four of the Hokus are in a glass showcase in my living room, along with my two Grammy nominee medals; the other one or two Hokus is at my dad’s home. The four are dedicated to my three sons and my wife because they are the ones that have had to put up with me not being there (at home) at times when we were in long recording sessions or traveling; they’ve given me support. One of my Hokus came off the wood base, so I Krazy Glued that buggah back on.”

Harry B. Soria, Jr.;
has eight.
Quote: “I keep the Hokus on a shelf within the ‘Territorial Airwaves’ library and archives collection. Being recognized by your respected peers for excelling in your chosen life’s passion is pure joy. I sent one Hoku as a gift to my executive producer, Michael Cord; it was the George Jarrett Helm liner notes Hoku; I felt Michael had done so much for the perpetutation of Hawaiian music hat he needed to have (one) as inspiration. He worked so hard to make the Helm project pono for the Helm family.”

Frank DeLima; has 12.
Quote: “They’re temporarily in public storage; they were displayed at my (former) office at (former manager) Millie Fujinaga’s house, but she moved to a condo, so I plan to show off the awards at my concerts (like my Christmas show Dec. 10 and Mothers Day shows May 8 at the Pagoda) this coming year when I celebrate by 35th anniversary. The nameplates fell off a couple, but I glued them back.”

Jim Linkner; has 15.
Quote: “All were for engineering, producing. My wife Debra built me two shelves high on the wall above my desk. Most interesting story? Rap (Reiplinger) used to hang out at my house when I lived up on Tantalus; one night, we were drinking champagne a couple of nights after the Hokus, celebrating; he came out of my kitchen — with sashimi served on the back of a Hoku award.”

Daniel Ho; has two (plus beaucoup Grammys and Hawaii Music Awards).
Quote: “George Kahumoku Jr. and I won Hokus for ‘Hymns of Hawaii’ and ‘Hymns of Hawaii, Vol. 2. Lehua Kalima Heine and I co-wrote a song called ‘Saving Forever,’ one of many we were writing for a musical about Kalaupapa; it won Song of the Year, but I didn’t get a Hoku and Lehua was kind enough to give me hers. We underwent two months of home repair last year, put everything in boxes and shuffled them from room to room. It’s been six months and we haven’t had time to unpack. (If) we have house guests, we’ll be forced to clean the house.”

Uluwehi Guerrero;
has one.
Quote: “It sits on the piano in my living room in Makawao, next to a photograph of me and my grandmother. I received the trophy (in 2001) from fellow Maui singer Amy Hanaiali’i; when she handed it to me, it slipped and fell and actually rolled on stage and did a 360 degree and returned to me at my feet. Then when I got home, I noticed it had no nameplate on it with my name ... must’ve fallen off when it dropped. I received the nameplate in the mail two years later. I always thought the award was made from glass; now I know it’s acrylic, haha! It sits very proudly in mint condition...a symbol of hard work, love and passion.”

Bobby Moderow Jr., of Maunalua; has four.
Quote: “The Hokus are on a shelf in my home office, where they are a constant reminder of the work that Maunalua has accomplished ... and serve as a tribute to those who have come before us and have laid the foundation for our music.The Hoku symbolizes excellence in our craft and fuels our passion to keep Hawaiian music alive.”

Pali Ka’aihue, of Pali; has four.
Quote: “They’re on a shelf, with some other memorabilia, but not too ‘in your face’ but with much respect. During the CD party for our ‘With Aloha’ album, I met a teen, Kenji, who came over from Japan with the Japanese affiliate of the Make a Wish Foundation. It was his wish to go to Hawai’i with his family; it was his birthday; the 200-plus people there wished him a very happy birthday. Whenever we’d perform in Japan after that, he and his family would come; only his parents, when he was too ill, so he’d send letters. I heard he wasn’t doing too well (last year) so the band and I signed the bottom of my Hoku and I sent it to him. Last July, he was very frail, but so happy to see me and the band; he was speechless about our Hoku gift. He passed away a month later and I’m forever grateful for his friendship.”

If you're a previous Hoku winner with a what-happened-to-my-trophy story, share it here.

Arrivals from 6:30 p.m. Sunday on KFVE Your Home
Awards ceremony from 7:30 p.m. Sunday on KGMB9
Hawaii Convention Center
Also: After show party, 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday; $60


Male Vocalist of the Year

Uluwehi Guerrero, “Uluwehi Sings Nä Mele Hula Aloha” (Kaulupono)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Amy Hanaiali’i, “Friends and Family of Hawai`i” (Ua)

Group of the Year
Ho’okena, “Nani Mau Loa (Everlasting Beauty)” (Ho`omau)

Hawaiian Album of the Year
“Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha,” Uluwehi Guerrero (Kaulupono)

Instrumental Album of the Year
“Live,” Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Contemporary Album of the Year
“South of the Boudoir,” Don Tiki (Taboo)

Island Music Album of the Year

“E Ku’uipo E Hula Mai Me A’u,” Ku`uipo Kumukahi (Ward)

Song of the Year

“Ka Ni`o O Maleka `Ailana,” by Manu Boyd and Horace Dudoit III, from “Nani Mau Loa —Everlasting Beauty,” Ho`okena (Ho`omau)

Album of the Year

“Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hua Aloha,” Uluwehi Guerrero (Kaulupono), Uluwehi Guerrero and Pono Fried, producers

Frank DeLima cooks 'Rice' again, for the Class of 2010

May 27th, 2010

Frank DeLima’s “Eat Rice,” a message to the class of 2010, is getting some radio airplay.
It’s his seasonal commencement speech, sort of, launched several years ago and tidily updated to address this year’s graduating seniors.
Yes, it’s tongue in cheek, but there are some nuggets you’ll chuckle over. Yes, some of platitudes are all too familiar; but a few kernels are worth chewing on, reflecting this past academic year and (so far) topsy-turvy year. Note: the “speech” was recorded before the Furlough Friday issue was resolved this week.
DeLima and his writing partner, Patrick Downes, collaborated on the lyrics and content.
To hear the narrative, go to; this blog provides the lyrics below.


Ladies and gentlemen of Hawaii’s class of 2010…

Eat rice.

If you only pay attention to one thing I say, pay attention to this:

Rice is the breakfast of champions … the lunch of champions … the dinner of champions

Whole empires, entire dynasties have been built and fortified on its humble food.

One grain, by itself, is nothing. Just an embarrassing sticky white t’ing stuck on your T-shirt after lunch. But many grains together -- that’s greatness! It is the foundation of a Spam musubi, the heart of a thousand plate lunches, the force behind the global kingdom of L&L drive ins

Rice holds the world together. Be a part of the world.

Be a part of the future.

Eat rice.

That said, the rest of what I am going to say is just my opinion.
You will have bad days.
Some day you going be the dog, some days you going be the tree. Wish wasn’t, but that’s the way it is.

Take a lesson from Furlough Fridays. Got a money problem? Don’t take it out on the kids.

And brah … vote! Okay? There’s an election coming up. No excuses. Just do it. This is your country. Own it.

You know the saying: If you have lemons, make lemonade. That’s true. But a bittermelon will never become a honeydew. The moral of the story: If can, can. No can, no can.

Some Hawaii folks have an inferiority complex. Don’t be like that. Consider this: Last year, our state produced BOTH a president AND a saint.

Not all malassadas are made perfectly round. So what. The purpose of a malassada is not to look good, it’s to taste good. Remember that.

Don’t sneeze when you eat saimin.

Take your face out of Facebook, okay? At least for a little while. Real faces are better anyway. So are real books. Read one. Or two.

Buy a newspaper. Only get one left. If you don’t, that one going be gone – along with the Longs ad forever.

Recycle your graduations leis before they become ma-ke. Care homes could all use some extra flower power.

And remember, you live on the most beautiful spot on earth. Malama the ‘aina. Respect the land, respect the water, respect the air, respect all life. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Slow down. Walk more. Drive less. The less you drive, the more you’ll see.

Give at least one can of tuna to the food bank. Don’t strive to be mediocre. Be great. Go for the gusto. If you want to climb a mountain, pick Mauna Kea. Not Red Hill.

Learn to play the ukulele. Memorize the words of Hawai’i Pono’i. Make your own lei. Go to the Merrie Monarch Festival. Tour ‘Iolani Palace. Walk around Punchbowl. Buy local. Eat local. Wear local. Support Hawaiian music.

And no forget, thank our military personnel.

Above all, eat rice.

If you have diabetes, make that brown rice.

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Hawaiian music and comedy on the radar

May 26th, 2010

On the show radar — Hawaiian music in a talent contest, a twilight concert amid a grove of coconut trees and a visiting comedian.
Here's a calendar round-up of stuff to do:

Kani Ka Pila talent recruits to perform

Six wannabes will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday (May 28) at Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, but only one will land a future gig.
The occasion is the 2nd annual Kani Ka Pila talent search, offering a chance to join the slate of Hawaiian acts in the Grille’s stable of stars.
The competitors are: Ke Kani Nahe, Puli Trio, Ka Hua, Maka’ala Perry, Hilo One and U’i Miles.
The event is part of the first Na Hoku O Hawai’i Music Festival, which opens tomorrow in Waikiki at various venues, culminating in Sunday’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards at the Hawai’i Convention Center.
A $5 parking fee (validated valet) is good for two hours.
Information: Luana Maitland, 923-3111.

Trask, Mana’o Company and hula at Royal Hawaiian Center

An evening of free Hawaiian song and dance — featuring Kawika Trask & Friends, hula kahiko by halau Na Pualei O Likolehua and The Mana’o Company — will be staged from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday (May 29) at Helumoa —The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
The entertainment will be at hourly intervals, beginning with Trask, followed by the hula halau and ending with The Mana’o Company.
While there is no admission for the show, those attending are asked to bring canned goods for the Hawaii Food Bank.
Information:, or Lei Ohu, at 922-2299.
Parking in the Royal Hawaiian Center garage is free for two hours with restaurant or food court validation or $5 with validation from other dining and shopping purchases.

Jay Phillips, comedian, due at Pipeline Café June 16

Comedian Jay Phillips will perform at 8 p.m. June 16 at the Pipeline Café. Doors open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome.
Pre-sale tickets are $20 general, with $40 VIP priority seating is available.
Reservations:, Pipeline Café box office, Hawaii’s Natural High, or

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Manoa DNA to launch ‘Wildest Show' zoo series

May 25th, 2010

That summertime favorite, the twilight “Wildest Show in Town” series, will be launched June 9 at Honolulu Zoo, with Manoa DNA as the first in a 10-week humpday tradition.
The popular midweek showcase, coordinated by Roy Sakuma and happening every Wednesday from June 9 through Aug. 11, will feature popular Island Hawaiian, ‘ukulele, jazz and comedy acts. Also, there will be weekly ‘ukulele give-aways for the public.
Folks come for the pau-hana fun, bringing in their own dinner bentos or buying from vendors, to enjoy informal concerts in the zoo setting. Early arrivals may visit some of the zoo exhibits as the sun sets — a time when some of the animals are at their friskiest best.
Gates open at 4:35 p.m., five minutes after the usual 4:30 p.m. zoo closing, and a $3 admission donation is payable at the gate.
Programs begin at 6 p.m.
The schedule:
• June 9 — Manoa DNA, with KoAloha ‘ukulele give-away.
• June 16 — Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki & Friends; KoAloha.
• June 23 — Ten Feet, Kala.
• June 30 — John Cruz, Pono/Kala.
• July 7 — Pali, KoAloha.
• July 14 — Herb “Ohta-San” Ohta, KoAloha, Kala.
• July 21 — The Surfaris, Pono.
• July 28 ¬ — Holunape, Kamaka/Kala.
• Aug. 4 — Frank DeLima, Kanilea.
• Aug. 11 — Jimmy Borges and his Jazz All Stars,

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