So I needed some notecards, with an island flavor, so created more postcard-motif cards to send thanks, share aloha, and simply get the local mojo working.

Here are some samples of the recent additions that join my Wild Cards creations….


Bette Midler and Sharon Stone will co-star in the movie version  of the. Broadway comedy, “The Allergist’s Wife.”

The source is Charles Busch’s odd-couple comedy which starred Linda Lavin and Michelle Lee on the Broadway stage.

Midler, Hawaii’s homegrown superstar, will portray Marjorie Tubb, an upper-middle-class wife living in New York’s Upper West Side, who is having a mid-life crisis.

Bette Midler

Stone will play Taub’s mysterious childhood-era friend, Lee, who arrives in The Big Apple, who upsets the apple cart that is home for Taub and her husband, who is an allergist to the homeless.

The actor playing Dr. Ira Taub, the allergist, has not been named.

Andy Frickman will direct. …

A DeLima Christmas brunch

Comedian Frank DeLima will be featured in a Holiday Brunch show at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Blue Note Hawaii, at the Outrigger Waikiki resort.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. and seating will be first-come, first-served.

DeLima, in his Christmas glory, a lighted tree costume.

HisEaster Sunday brunch show earlier this year was a popular attraction and boasted a hearty brunch menu.

DeLima, of course, will do his anticipated comedy shticks, loaded with his brand of ethnic humor and some parodies, but will certainly include his holiday-appropriate “Filipino Christmas.” That means his lit-up, decorated Christmas tree costume will be shared.

Tickets: $35 and $45. There also will be a $10 minimum for food or beverage purchase…

And songstress Dionne Warwick returns to the Blue Note for four shows, at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Blue Note. Doors open at 6 p.m., with beverage and dinner service.

Warwick is her era’s top musical diva, singing the melodies of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which enabled her and her composers to land on the pop charts.

A multi-Grammy winner, Warwick is responsible for such lasting hits as “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Don’t Make Me Over.”

Ticket: $95 to $150, with a $10 minimum for drinks or food. Tickets at or (808) 777-4890. …

Keola Beamer opening Kahilu season

Maui resident Keola Beamer, the singer-guitarist-composer, and his wife, dancer Moanalani Beamer, will launch Kahilu Theatre’s 2022-23 season at 7 p.m. Aug. 27, in Waimea, Big Island.

Keola Beamer

The program is themed “Coming Home to Waimea.”

Beamer, a prolific composer as well as ki ho’alu (slack key) guitarist, is best known for his signature “Honolulu City Lights,” a repertoire favorite from his era performing with his brother, Kapono Beamer.

The bros are the sons of Aunty Nona Beamer, the legendary Hawaiiana authority and dancer and the matriarch of an iconic musical family, with roots on the Big Island.

Keola was among the instrumental players in the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance of the 1970s, an era that gave birth to a number of Hawaiian solo singers, guitarists, composers and chanters whose presence led to the keen new interest in Hawaiian music with an updated pop reincarnation, particularly in Waikiki, whose showrooms and lounges were filled with budding vocalists and musicians for a new generation of fans.

Tickets: (808) 885-6868 …

Broadway grosses, week ending Aug. 14

So no one exceeded the $3 million gross pinnacle last week, though the usual leaders were paying musical chairs.

No. 1, “The Music Man,” topping the field with its 76 trombones and $2.784 million gross.

No. 2, “Hamilton,” grossing $2.194 million, a bridesmaid in the room where it’s still happening.

No. 3, “The Lion King,” still roaring its circle of livelihood, at $2.052 million.

Data, courtesy The Broadway League. The tallies:

And that’s Show Biz. …


Few have been as passionate and dedicated as Kevin Iwamoto, about his multi-careers after graduating from high school.

For Iwamoto, widely known and beloved with his short-hand billing, Kevin I, entertainment has been a centerpiece of his island life. But only briefly.

While his musical pendulum swung for about a decade — he was featured vocalist in a popular Hawaii band and as a solo balladeer on several vinyl albums — singing would be an interlude that soon gave way to wider opportunities that enabled him to bank on his savvy as an honor graduate in the University of Hawaii’s TIM (Travel Industry Management ) business school. TIM opened doors to his versatility and success in the domestic and global realm.

Kevin Iwamoto

That was then, but this leads to the now.

Kevin, who resides in California, has a solid global following because of his expertise, leadership and biz connections via BIZLY Inc., where he serves as Chief Customer Officer.

But his vintage music has been digitally revived, for a new and growing internet crowd particularly during the pandemic. So, when he comes home this week to take part in the Golden Anniversary as a Class of 1972 graduate of Roosevelt High School, he will have many tales to share, from his portfolio of triumphs.

His Rough Rider colleagues – 115, according to his count —  didn’t know a singer was in their midst back in the day, because as a student, he had yet to cross that bridge.

But the Roosevelt alums will learn, and receive, newly minted copies of his digitalized CD dubbed “The Best of Kevin I, 1980-1985,” – that convincingly validates the pipes he had in his show biz prime.

In fact, his entertainment spike has triggered a rebirth of his old tunes, which  became available online during  COVID-19, and  new fans from all over the world started ordering his romantic brew of the ‘80s, without ever seeing him in person in a show, or even a video, because most of the YouTube  sharing and postings were not part of his tools then. This specialty is the romantic melodies, like “Fairy Tale,” which is probably more popular now, than during his prime, because of online ordering and sharing and buzz.

As a now-celeb in his graduating class, he was asked to sing at the anniversary gala this Friday night (Aug. 19) at the Ala Moana Hotel ballroom.

Kevin’s classmates will be gifted with this “Best of” digitalized CD.

“Since I don’t sing anymore but they wanted me to, I decided to just gift my fellow RHS alumni with a special CD edition of my “The Best of Kevin I, 1980-1985” digital album.”

Not only that, because the Roosevelt Class of ’70 and ’71 couldn’t enjoy a 50th year party because of COVID restrictions, grads from these two years will join in the  ’72 party.

Sandy Tsukiyama

To embellish the songfest, Kevin also invited a pal from the past, who also is a singer, to join him in song. She is Sandy Tsukiyama, class of ’71, who is a onetime performer with the Ebb Tides band  and a noted Brazilian musician artist and public radio host.

“I actually mentored Sandy, when she first started singing with the Ebb Tides, and I loaned her my personal  mic, which I never do, as I’m a bit of a germaphobe,” said Kevin. “We’ve remained friends and have stayed in touch.”

Clearly, the suggestion to co-feature Tsukiyama at the reunion is a reflection of his aloha, his fellowship and his ability to share and give. That he also personally financed the ordering of the old-new CD is a measure of his generosity.

And no doubt, his signing experience has developed confidence and showmanship whenever he conducts live or virtual workshops for his biz connections via BIZLY Inc., where he serves as Chief Customer Officer.

“By the way, I just got another industry recognition but this one is special because it cites my newfound passion of supporting the API community in terms of education support and advocacy using my global industry platform.”

The accolade, reported in Meetings Today, applauds Kevin’s conscious recognition and giving-back-to-the-community spirit.

 The article said, “Responding to the disturbing rash of hate crimes against people of Asian descent in the U.S., Iwamoto is one of several API meetings and events leaders who have stepped up to address both the violence and also counter what is described as the ‘invisibility’ and lack of leadership opportunities for Asians in the industry.”

Further, Kevin also has funded scholarships for junior industry professionals enabling next-gen folks to have access to industry events and grants.  He also continues to fund an at-home scholarship endowment for the TIM program, where his biz journey had its roots.

And as a longtime friend, I can attest: Kevin is local to the core, not just with his island pals, but with his community of biz colleagues across the globe. Like, he always brings omiyage for friends and shares the practice when he’s on a work-related trip. It’s a practice engrained in your DNA when you live local, but he frequently spreads the spirit everywhere he goes, too. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


Where do you go for your apple fritter these days?

Treated myself to McCafe’s @ McDonald’s apple fritter. At $2.99, it’s worth the cost — it’s huge, laden with flicks of apples inside the doughnut, and it’s all properly cinnamon-flavored … and the outside texture, with sugary coat and apple bits, make it a winner.

The best apple fritter — oughtta call it the McFritter — is at McDonald’s McCafe.

I think it’s the best in its field. Napoleon Bakery at Zippy’s has had its version, which is no competition. Safeway bakeries used to have a contender; now, its fritter is a critter not worth buying, if you can even find one since the inventory is lean.

So If you’re a fritter fan, where do you go for your sugar fix?


Don Ho, who would have been 92 tomorrow (Saturday Aug. 13), will be remembered in a day-long birthday celebration at the International Marketplace in Waikiki.

Ho, who died on April 14, 2007 at age 76, is Hawaii’s best known Hawaiian entertainer. He headlined at Duke Kahanamoku’s, the legendary nightclub where he launched his journey to global fame; the long-gone club was located a stone’s throw away from where a statue of Ho now stands.

Dwight Ho, one of Don’s son and often the spokesman for the family, said he and his wife will attend dad’s birthday event, likely with other siblings. But he noted in an email,  “As much as the microphone and I don’t like each other, it somehow ends up in my hand,” referring to the likely prospect of him addressing the expected gathering.

The remembrance celebration will begin at 10 a.m., with a lei-draping event at the statue site.

The Don Ho statue, laded with lei during an earlier birthday celebration.

Other events tomorrow:

  • 4 to 5 p.m., Henry Kapono and Friends will present a “Suck ‘em Up” tribute show at the Queen’s Court show space on the first floor at the marketplace.
  • 5 to 7 p.m., a Don Ho archival photo installation ceremony.
  • 11 p.m. to midnight, “Celebrating Uncle Don,” featuring Kimie Miner, at Moani Waikiki located on the third floor at the marketplace. …

A confession: I’ve shared birthday dinners with Uncle Don perhaps three times over the decades, when he was headlining at a Waikiki venue (you know, he started at Duke’s and has reigned at such other clubs as the Hilton Hawaiian Village Dome, the Polynesian Palace, and the Waikiki Beachcomber, among others). The dinners were on a night-off for Ho, or a late after-a-show meal. In his later years  he often ate sensibly, loved Chinese, and adored chit-chats with me and the late Frannie Kirk, an industry peer who often planned the birthday bites.  Geez, they must be having a funfest in that great showplace in the skies. …

Dennis Carroll

Remembering Dennis Carroll

Kumu Kahua Theatre is launching a philanthropic ticket honoring its founder, the late Dennis Carroll, throughout its 52nd season, from Aug. 25 this year through Aug. 2023.

In the spirit of the tenet of the director-playwriter-professor Carroll to make theater accessible to all, up to  10 free Dennis Carroll Memorial tickets will be available to those financially challenged to experience the performing arts.

Carroll was a professor emeritus of the University of Hawaii’s Department of Theatre and Dance, who died on Nov. 25, 2021, at age 81. So the memorial ticket campaign is timed to his passing. A related celebration of life is being planned this fall on the Manoa campus.

For information on the memorial tickets, call  Kumu Kahua at (808) 536-4441 or visit

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Note the new Zippy’s kitchen charge

So the Zippy’s Senior Card is history, meaning no more 10 per cent discounts for the elderly,  but  the Zipster program accruing spending totals for rewards (open to all) has been launched at the Zippy’s restaurants.

But check your tab, my friends; there’s also a new “kitchen charge” to your tab now. Had a quick lunch at the Iwilei Zippy’s today, and a 51-cents (affordable for sure) charge was a newbie on the bill. Surely, it will be a higher fee with a larger purchase  – a growing trend for eateries to add on a new dining tax to cover operational costs, a move initiated earlier by Romano’s Macaroni Grill, if you recall.

Also, I’ve received several “what?!” comments, when I earlier mentioned that Zippy’s add-o “sides “charge for three pieces of Spam  is $8.10 with breakfast, but one eagle-eyed diner correctly mentions a slightly higher charge of $8.15 for three slides of bacon and a wad of corned beef hash. …

The forecast is Rain

Pearlridge Center celebrates five decades of service in Hawai‘i with a concert featuring Crossing Rain will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Wai Makai’s second level at Pearlridge Center, which is marking its fifth decade of service.  The local boy band will perform for shoppers and engage in a meet-and-greet until 8 p.m. Good op to see ‘em and do selfies, before they become global superstars. …

And that’s Show Biz. …