Henry Kapono and Friends’ mammoth concert Nov. 6 at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki  Shell – a highlight of the fall music calendar – has been postponed till June 18, 2022, organizers announced today (Sept. 28).

The uncertainty of the prevailing cloud of the coronavirus pandemic was the reason for the postponement.

“We are all due for some Good Times Together, an epic celebration,” said Kapono, an award-winning singer, composer, musician and organizer of the event.  But now is not the time, hence the pushing of the pause button.

The  announcement alluded to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, with see-sawing protocols that change from day to day, week to week.

Safety is the bottom line of the decision to reschedule the concert.

Henry Kapono

“We all need it, we all deserve it,” he said of performing. “But not until the current COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty is behind us and we can all be safe and comfortable together again. Let us always aloha together.”

Generally, outdoor events like this one at the Shell can be staged, probably at half-the-house capacity, with spectators donning facemasks and sitting socially distanced – with empty seats separating patrons, similarly like the guidelines for indoor movie theaters.

The spacing would require a reconfiguration of the seating plan if the show went on as originally scheduled. General admission lawn seating would have to be monitored, with space between gathered show-goers.

All tickets previously purchased will be honored and transferred to the new date, according to the announcement. Those who cannot attend the new June 22 date may seek refunds by contacting the Blaisdell Center box office, at https://blaisdellcenter.com/ticket-refunds/ by Dec. 31, 2021.

New concert tickets may be purchased online beginning today (Sept.28) at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005AF0F1353054 or at the Blaisdell Box Office from Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (808) 768-5252.

Formally billed as the “Home in the Islands With Henry Kapono & Friends,”
the show will assemble an all-star lineup of Hawai‘i’s most iconic and emerging musical artists together, celebrating the soundtrack of Hawai‘i. Presumably, an updated roster of participants will be announced at a later date.

The event is a partial benefit for the Henry Kapono Foundation, with $1 from every ticket and a portion of the show’s proceeds, going toward helping the many musicians, stagehands, audio engineers, lighting technicians, and backstage crews that lost their jobs over the past 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ in third place again

The overnight ratings are in for Monday (Sept. 27) night TV, with numbers down from a week ago:

CBS’s “NCIS,” the mothership led by Mark Harmon in the franchise, was Monday (Sept. 27) night’s most-watched show, continuing to rule the airwaves. It drew 7.8 million viewers and a score of 0.7 in the key demographics between 18 and 49 years old.

NBC’s “The Voice” attracted 6.7 million viewers, placing second, but  led  the coveted demographics with a 0.95 rating.

CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i” newbie  was third again, pulling in  5.4 million viewers and a 0.5 demo. …

Jeremy Kama Hopkins

Virtual ukulele workshop

Jeremy Kama Hopkins will present “Nā Tutua Heleuī,” a one-hour virtual ukulele session, at 1 p.m. Hawaii time on Oct. 2. You can learn a Hawaiian Halloween song entitled “Nā Tutua Heleuī,” with lyrics and translation sent to you once you sign up by 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Fee is $25, with registration at Venmo @Jeremy-Hopkins-4 and on PayPal at paypal.me/kamakane73. The session also will provide simple ʻukulele chords. Type “Nā Tutua Heleuī” in a note at the time of registration; a confirmation will be sent to you. …

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Former islander Janel Parrish, whose show biz career began when she played Little Cosette here and in Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” will co-star with Ryan Paevy in a Hallmark Christmas movie this coming holiday season.

But she’s not a Hallmark newbie; she previously starred in the rom-com channel’s flicks in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Janel Parrish

Of course, you remember her from “Pretty Little Liars” and “To All the Boys,” among other projects. …

A galactic Cinderella

Cinderella goes galactic in “Interstellar Cinderella,” a University of Hawaii Department of
Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre production next month.

The show, a Theatre for Young Audiences  (TYA) presentation, is based on an award-winning children’s book by the same name, authored by Deborah Underwood. In its Hawaii incarnation, the project will be directed by MFA candidate Taylor Bogan, who also will portray the reimagined heroine in a space adventure incorporating themes of science, courage, kindness and storytelling dreams.

It also will have a streaming element – staged virtually, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 – because of the prevailing pandemic.

Cinderella takes viewers into the 31st century; she is a space engineer seeking to revolutionize space travel with a new invention. Her prince stages a space parade and she sees it as an opportunity to demonstrate a hyper-warp speed engine. Of course, there is an evil stepmother in the mix.

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, military, UH faculty-staff, and non-UHM students; $5 students with valid UHM ID; visit  showtix4u.com/events/kennedytheatre.

Information: manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/ella.

A Jane Powell memory

I was saddened by the death Sept. 16 of Jane Powell, legendary star of stage and screen and one of the giants of the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. Sure, she was from another era, when film actors also were marvelous singers and dancers. She was 92.

Jane Powell

I recall going to see Elizabeth Taylor in the leading role in “The Little Foxes” on Broadway, and I was able to buy house seats, meaning res in prime orchestra locations.

While my wife and I were seated, who should come in the same row, but Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, who settled to the left of us. Then another Hollywood couple showed up and sat next to us to the right, Jane Powell and her hubby.  The four of ‘em headed backstage after the performance, to wish Liz well. I introduced myself to the celebs, before  we simply exited the theater in awe of the stars onstage and surrounding us. … and surprise! Wagner and Wood were on the same home-bound United flight, en route to an appearance at a Waikiki hotel, which, coincidentally I covered for the Honolulu Advertiser. …

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With October around the corner, the bewitching season is coming up, too.

That’s why I’ve been creating a whole bunch of Halloween pins in time for trick-or-treating or holiday parties. Will be sharing with friends, family and colleagues in the days and weeks ahead.

Since late August and most of September, I’ve been tinkering with stick-on or glue-on pumpkins,  jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, ghouls, bats and witches, skeletons, bat girls and boys– in the orange and black motif.

Yep, a lot of busy-work and concentration, but fun when the array of creations are assembled.



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Al Harrington

Harrington’s last role

We haven’t seen ’em yet, but while Al Harrington is gone — the actor-entertainer died Sept. 21 — his last acting gig is yet to be seen.

“I wanted you to know that Al Harrington’s last role was in ‘Doogie Kamealoha, MD,'” according to consulting producer Chris Lee, of the Hawai’i-based comedy now streaming via Disney+. Harrington plays Jason Scott Lee’s uncle “and has some very moving episodes later in the season. It was an honor to have him on the show,” said Lee (no relation to the actor). Harrington portrays Uncle John and we all should anticipate these appearances. …

Channel hopping

While the world wrestles with coronavirus and the delta variant, Daniel Dae Kim (does he still live in Hawai’i, when he’s not working?) soon will be seen battling anthrax threats in “The Hot Zone: Anthrax,” part of National Geographic’s anthology based on factual incidents.

Daniel Dae Kim

In this one, Kim portrays an FBI agent named Matthew Ryker, said to be a composite of several agents, who investigates post 9/11 issues with anthrax-laced letters to media and politicos following the terrorism and the toppling of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. His partner in crime fighting is Tony Goldwyn, playing Dr. Bruce Ivins, an actual microbiologist whose work involved analyzing the deadly mailings.

Good to know that Kim, one of the pillars of ABC’s “Lost” and CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” reboot, misses us in the islands. You see, “Anthrax” filmed in Canada during the pandemic crisis, and as he told Entertainment Weekly, “The Toronto winter, combined with a strict lockdown, made it one of the most challenging on-location experiences I’ve ever had. It certainly wasn’t Hawai’i.” Atta boy; Hawai’i no ka oi. …

The series bows Nov. 28 and a preview now is airing. …

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Rosa Navarro Harrington, widow of entertainer Al Harrrington who died Tuesday (Sept. 21), has issued a compassionate statement about her loss, saying “he was my regal Polynesian King.”

She was at his side when he died at age 85. Harrington earlier suffered a stroke.

Her statement, released today (Sept. 22), reflects how inseparable the couple was.

“I have had the honor of loving Al, whom I called ‘Harrington’ for 20-years,” she said.

Al and Rosa Harrington; photo by Kat Wade, special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“We were an inseparable team; best friends and he was my regal Polynesian King. Al embodied the purest, life-giving values of aloha and began each day with a smile.”
She described their routine: “We were early risers, and long before the sun would appear over Manoa Valley’s Ko‘olau Mountain Range, Al would have already thanked me for creating our humble yet adventurous life together in the islands. Oh how he loved Hawai’i and would remark on its beauty throughout the day…from one holoholo to the next, like a never ending swell of gratitude within him.” 

To know him was to love him, said Rosa.

“Al was truly a gift from God. A noble, compassionate, patient and gentle man with a witty sense of humor and a larger-than-life laugh that will echo in my heart until we are reunited. He was generous, quick to forgive, a hard worker, a provider and always ready to talk-story. He loved his community and even more, his culture. It was his greatest honor to represent his people on-screen, and to serve them off-screen. To know him was to feel seen, loved, safe and welcomed. As an Icon for Hawai’i, our islands and her people are mourning his loss.” 

And she offered her mahalo for his giving ways. “Harrington, it’s my turn to thank you, for inviting me along the most extraordinary ride of life! I promise to rise each morning with gratitude, and to honor your legacy by living each day to its fullest with a commitment to health and vitality.”

A Punahou football star as a student, Harrington returned to campus as a school teacher, though show business became his ultimate profession.

Harrington as Ben Kokua.

His stint playing Ben Kokua on the original Jack Lord-starring “Hawaii Five-0” from 1968 to 1980), enabled him to become the South Pacific Man, starring in a Polynesian revue in Waikiki. The acting gig helped buoy his nightclub stint, the last of the locals hired to play a recurring role on a network (CBS) TV, dissolving the general prevailing assumption among casting directors who felt Hawaii didn’t have the talent to succeed in co-starring roles.

As Harrington 2.0, he appeared in another wholly locally-produced “Doogie Kamealoha MD,” portraying Uncle John, in the current Disney+ series now streaming.

He also played Mamo Kahike in the Alex O’Loughlin reboot of “Five-0.”

He made his network TV debut on “To Tell the Truth,” viewable on YouTube, in which he played himself with two other imposters, with a panel of judges trying to name the real Al Harrington. The real dude also demonstrated that he could twirl a knife in a common Samoan staple in visitor productions here. In fact, he was a fire knife dancer before he starred in his own revue here.

He had a string of guest roles in a range of other TV series and logged a roster of film roles that didn’t utilize the depth of his talent.

Harrington’s agent, Gregory David Mayor, also offered a reaction to the actor’s passing.“It has been my utmost pleasure to have served as Al Harrington’s theatrical agent for many years.  More importantly, Al became a close friend and mentor to me in my own career and life,” he said. “ Al uplifted me to find my faith again….and for that alone, I am truly grateful. Admiration, respect, humor, peace, and joy are those attributes that one can ascribe to Al Harrington. Truly a special child of God.”

Besides his wife, Harrington is survived by sons Alema and Tau, daughters Cassi Harrington Palmer and Summer Harrington and several grandchildren.

Services have not been announced. …

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