Archive for December, 2010

‘Five-0’ on reruns, Owen Wilson here

December 19th, 2010

With Christmas approaching this week, and New Year’s next week, “Hawaii Five-0” is on rerun status: this Monday’s (Dec. 20) episode is “Lanakila,” which originally aired Oct. 11, and next Monday’s (Dec. 27) is “Nalowale,” which premiered Oct. 18.
That’s common for CBS and other networks, which also intersperses rerun schedules with holiday special or repeats.
The next "Five-0" newbie will be “Ke Kinohi,” airing Jan. 3, revisiting Steve McGarrett’s murdered father’s Champ toolbox, which was earlier stolen; reintroducing a familiar plot convention of the Yakuza, the Mafioso Japanese element frequently utilized in the original “Five-0,” with former Island resident Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa showing his evil and threatening side; and the reemergence of Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), briefly seen in an earlier episode. Dacascos, known best these days as the Chairman of “Iron Chef” on the Food Network, is an actor with martial arts pedigree, so could bring his own sense of madness mettle to the pot — though Khigh Dhiegh’s creation, in the classic “Five-0,” still lives in the TV mindscape.
Also, actor Al Harrington, the lone surviving first-run team member from the Jack Lord era (he played investigator Ben Kokua), takes a cameo role, which, who knows, could be part of the stable of recurring regulars. ...
“Five-0” also has suspended production for the holidays, enabling cast and crew to enjoy ohana time here and on the Mainland.


Actor Owen Wilson, currently reprising his role as Ben Stiller’s bud in “The Little Fockers,” is holidaying in Hawaii this week. Could be Honolulu, but possibly on Maui, where he has frolicked in the past.
Wilson has been talking up his Hawaii Christmas plans on TV talk shows.
Not on his chat list, however, is the September incident (you can see it online) when he peed right on the green of a Maui golf course. He had to go badly, and he went, sadly, with a camera-toting spectator catching the actor in a “Marley and Me”-type relief scene. Ooops!

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A Christmas present with a ghostly past

December 15th, 2010

A Christmastime ghost tour is on the radar next week. What the Dickens is happening, you ask?
“The Ghosts of Honolulu’s Past: A Holiday Ghost Tour,” set for Christmas night (Saturday, Dec. 25), is a theme tour for those looking for something different but still within the yuletide spectrum.
It’s a concoction staged by historian Steven Fredrick, who collects vintage Hawaii films when he’s not poking into local ghost folklore.
“The Ghosts of Honolulu’s Past” is a four-hour walk through the downtown/Chinatown environs, and is not for the feint of heart. That’s to say, if the prospects of a stroll at night might wear you down, you’d be better off to rent some version of “A Christmas Carol” of get a book and tuck yourself into bed comfortably.
But if you are eager to get into the slightly darker side of Honolulu’s past, where legend has it that there were supernatural haps not only at Christmastime, you might don walking shoes, take along a bottle of water, and let your imagination get the best of you. Because it’s a holiday, parking will be plentiful and free.
The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. in the capitol area district; cost is $35 per participant, with Fredrick leading the tour and providing details of ghostly doings.
Reservations are due 24 hours in advance; call 395-0674 or email Fredrick at

A dog for McGarrett, a brother for Danno

December 12th, 2010

Steve McGarrett adopts a pooch, Danno gets a bro — that’s the gamut of online buzz about the upsizing of the “Hawaii Five-0” family last week.
Alex O’Loughlin, who plays McGarrett on the CBS reboot, acquired an Australian border collie poi dog, discovered at a junkyard at a recent episode taping. O’Loughlin apparently was seeking a canine companion since arriving on our soil, and then encountered the six-month-old puppy during a location shoot. He proceeded to name the dog Reggie, after his grandfather, and the pet got a Cocojor doggie spa treatment to remove fleas, soften the skin, fluff up the fur and Reggie even got what amounts to a pedicure. No dog day afternoon here. ...
Then it was announced that comedian-actor Dane Cook has been tapped to play the brother of Danno, portrayed by Scott Caan, in one episode airing during February sweeps. And since Cook is, well, a stand-up as well as an actor with comedic roots, will there be more repartee a la McGarrett-Danno in the introductory launch? So far, the sibling element is a one-time thing, not recurring. ...
And since McGarrett already has a sister and Danno is acquiring a bro, can we assume that Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), who are already cousins in the reboot, get extended ohana in the weeks to come, or, even during season two, assuming CBS picks up the freshman “Five-0” for its sophomore term? Something to ponder. ...
Not to be left out, a character named Stan, the husband of Danno’s ex-wife Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom), will be introduced shortly, in an episode entitled “E Malama (To Protect),” and his could be another recurring role. Again, family ties are widening. ...
As for this Monday’s (Dec. 13) episode, entitled “Hana‘a‘a Makehewa,” it’s Kalikimaka time — but ho, ho, ho, Chin Ho is in trouble with explosives strapped to his body. That only means a villain is back, one Victor Hesse (James Marsters), the dude who killed McGarrett’s dad in the season’s opener. Further, Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), a nemesis first introduced in the original Jack Lord version of “Five-0,” is reintroduced for more havoc.
’Tis the season. ...

Review: Caz Christmas is a high-wattage gift

December 10th, 2010

“A Cazimero Christmas,” which opened a three-show run last night (Dec. 10) at the Hawaii Theatre, is everything imaginable: a holiday spectacle, a family reunion, a homecoming for a Broadway diva, a keiki hula revisit, a Hawaiian extravaganza.
Or it is what it is: yet another grand serving of the indefatigable and ingenious showmanship of Robert and Roland Cazimero, aka The Brothers Cazimero, who mark the season with wattage that could light up a dozen Christmas trees.
With “Christmas Is...” as the underlying theme of the production, The Caz haul out the ohana — the ensemble of dancing and singing hula stalwarts is part of the tradition — along with a short list of meaningful guest stars. The pot brews and bubbles with the anthems of the yuletide, in Hawaiian and in English, and the stage — an extravagant Christmas tree on the left of the stage, two faux white palm trees that change hues depending on mood and palate requirement of the script — and Robert masterfully mans his white stand-up fiddle bass in the middle, occasionally leaving his elevated red-carpeted stairs/stage to tickle the ivories on the grand piano a stone’s throw away, with Roland on guitars. This time out, Roland does not sit squatted on a white cube, but rests atop a stool.
The show, produced by Burton White and Robert Cazimero, repeats at 7:30 p.m. today (Dec. 11) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 12).
It’s a lavish gift of joy and hope, laced with memories of friends and loved ones, reinforcing the essence of family and fellowship.
Christmas is ... such subtle surprises.
Like, Roland switches to Robert’s bass, whenever Robert moves to keyboards.
Christmas is... a chance to tap a singing brother (Rodney Cazimero) and singing-dancing sister (Kanoe “Tootsie” Cazimero) notably in a “Family” segment in Act II.
Christmas is ... a homecoming for Broadway diva (and Tony nominee) Loretta Ables Sayre, who looks genuinely rested (and with a slimmer profile) as she toasts the holidays (“Dear Saint Nick,” “Christmastime Is Here”) as well as revisit “South Pacific,” where she played Bloody Mary for a new generation of Broadway fans (“Dites Moi,” “Happy Talk”).
Christmas is ... keiki hula. Because it’s a Caz practice of featuring Miss Keiki Hula and Master Keiki Hula in “A Cazimero Christmas,” and because last year’s concert was canceled due to Roland’s health issues, four stunning winners from last year and this year graced the stage: 2009 victors Breeze Ann Pavao and Keanu Cockett, and 2010 champs Jaedyn Pavao and and Luke Maghanoy. Wow, these youngsters have grace, ability, precision and professionalism as if they’ve been dancing for decades.
Christmas is ... heavenly halau dancers. The gents, from Robert’s Halau Na Kamalei, and the ladies of the Royal Dance Company, provide the motion and magic in both Hawaiian and Christmas ditties. And yes, they are fine and expressive singers, too — a hallmark when you work with The Caz.
Christmas is ... Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, often called “the third brother.” Not sure of the reason, but she was relegated to just one hula this year. It wouldn’t be a Caz celebration without her.
Christmas is ... Robert and Roland. Reflecting on small kid time memories, of yule pageants of yesteryear. Rendering unique arrangements of vintage carols (“We Three Kings,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.” Sharing their aloha of downtown environs (“Downtown Honolulu,” with a keen and clever roundup of eateries from Grand Cafe to Indigo). Tapping “Up, Up and Away” and “Palisa (Paris),” and putting a Christmas spin on both.
Take a break from holiday shopping and recharge your batteries; you’ll swing into the spirit of the season from the get-go to the “Mele Kalikimaka” finale with bubbles and snow.

7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 11), 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 12)
Hawaii Theatre
$30, $40, $50, $75

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Aloha Kalikimaka: Holiday cheer plentiful

December 8th, 2010

The Christmas show season goes full throttle this week, when “A Cazimero Christmas” kicks off a three-show run Friday (Dec. 10, through Sunday) at the Hawaii Theatre.
This will be a biggie: Loretta Ables Sayre joins Robert and Roland Cazimero, in her first community appearance since playing Bloody Mary in Lincoln Center’s “South Pacific” which ended its 2 ½-year run on Broadway. Tickets: $30 to $75. Call 528-0506. ...
Frank DeLima and Na Kolohe will be at the Pagoda’s C’est Si Bon at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec 10). His Santa bag will include “A Filipino Christmas,” of course, and his topical treats like “Furlough Friday” and “The TSA Song.” TSA.: Tickets: $50 adults, $25 children 3-10. Call 948-8370.
For the third season, Hapa — Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau — share their holiday serenades from 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m., including pre-show entertainment. Then Hapa shares its signature Hawaiian sound, with a yuletide accent. Call 739-8760 or email ...
Na Lei Makana, a holiday spectable from Waipuna Entertainment, assembles Holunape, Manoa DNA and Natalie Ai Kamauu on Dec. 17, and Waipuna, Halau O Na Pua Kukui, Mailani Kakainai and Weldon Kekauoha Dec. 18, at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; a buffet dinner is offered; showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets: $50. Call 922-1941. ...
The Makaha Sons are revving up for their Christmas bash, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Pagoda’s International Ballroom. Buffet dinner service begins at 6 p.m. The show, featuring Hawaiian and Christmas fare, showcases the hula of Kealo Koko-Simpson, with the Sons — Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko — taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $60 adults, $30 youths 3 to 12, $85 Golden Circle (includes a gift). Reservations: 542-8289. ...
And singer-composer-pianist-raconteur Jay Larrin does his intimate, lounge-style holiday thing Dec. 23 at the Captain’s Room of the Hawaii Prince Hotel. No-host cockails are at 5:30 p.m., buffet at 6 p.m. at the Prince Court, and performance (likely to include Larrin’s poetry) at 7:15 p.m. Cost: $69.50. Information: Alan Yamamoto at 371-2910. Send checks by Dec. 16 to Prism Records Hawaii, P.O. Box 10235, Honolulu HI 96816. ...
‘Tis the season. ...

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