“E Ho‘omau – Endure–In Their Own Words,” at 7 p.m. May 22, Kumu Kahua Theatre.Two playwrights and actors —  Jackie Pualani Johnson and Peter Charlot – will be featured in the live, digital evening, focusing on the words of  Queen Lili‘uokalani and Lorrin Thurston. Tickets are free at

“Forever Plaid,” a nostalgic and heavenly off-Broadway musical comedy by Stuart Ross, with loads of harmony, old-school charm, and scores of familiar boy-group hits, opens Friday (May 28) at Diamond Theatre. Shows Thursdays through Sundays (times vary), through June 6. Tickets: $22, at”

“Tiny Beautiful Things,” a dramatic comedy by Nia Vardalos, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, continues Thursdays through Sundays, May 6 through May 23, at Manoa Valley Theatre. Extended playdates at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and 28 and at 3 p.m. May 29. About Sugar, an advice columnists, stalled in her own problems. Tickets: $40 adults, $35 seniors and military, $22 those 25, at


Shari Lynn, at 6:30 p.m. Friday May 21, Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner. Tickets: $59, includes show and dinner, at

Henry Kapono stages “A Tribute to Jimmy Borges,”  at 6 p.m. May 27, Blue Note Hawaii.  With the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. Tickets: $35 at  Live screen option available, $20. Visit

Johnny Helm & Friends, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. May 28, Blue Note Hawaii. Also featuring Nic Kalei and John Cruz. Tickets: $30 premium, $20 loge, at


“Rap’s Hawaii,” featuring comedian. Rap Reiplinger, at 9 p.m. May 22 on KHNL, and at 10:30 p.m. May 30 on KGMB.


Just asking…

Do you subscribe to the daily morning paper?

If so, what do you like about the ritual of reading the news with your coffee?

If not, why?

And where and how do you get most of your news? The paper’s online website?

Television? Your news alerts on your cell phone?


Just asking…

How much is too many, when it comes to subscriptions to streaming service

I subscribe to four sources now: Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime. And pretty much happy with the range of content, old and new.

I’m eligible to screen HBO Max, too, since I’ve had HBO (the qualifier) along with the likes of Showtime, Discovery, National Geographic, TBS, TCM, Food Network, Cartoon Network, History, Lifetime, Hallmark, Nickelodeon, etc.…from yesteryear’s bundling.

About HBO Max: I can get it via computer, but not on TV. Mine is a Smart TV, but not smart enough—requires an Amazon fire stick, which I have, but there’s a lack of ports to plug it in.

But I digress. How many is too much?

Of the many other options, I’d like to acquire Apple TV, even Discovery Plus.

But it’s expensive and there’s no way you can watch what’s available now.

I remember the days where you had only three TV options – NBC, CBS, ABC – which made choices easier.

Are you caught in the tornado of streaming services?


So Hawaii News Now is airing Rap Reiplinger’s classic “Rap’s Hawaii,” at 9 p.m. Saturday (May 22) on KHNL. A hana hou screening will be at 10:30 p.m. May 30 on KGMB.

According to the station, the vintage show is marking its 40th anniversary this year, hence the revival on the small tube.

And coincidentally, as I was clearing out some of the craft supplies yesterday, three circular items fell out of a box.

They turned out to be three milk cover souvenirs – the covers also are known as pogs, alluding to bottles of passion orange juice back in the day when paper caps topped the bottling. These  pogs were promotional keepsakes that say “Barry get da Ukus!,” a routine from Reiplinger’s  “Poi Dog with Crabs” viny comedyl album.

Four decades of raps from Rap! Miss him dearly, but clearly, his punchlines are still alive today. “Not too sweet, not too rancid, but just right.” “Russell, you get pen?” “No go out with Mits Funai.”

If you’re foreign to the quotes – part of the kamaaina lexicon – you better watch the show.

NOTE: The airdates are updated from the original post.


Three new titles will join the Broadway reopening pulse this fall and winter.

“MJ,” a musical with 25 Michael Jackson songs, will bow Dec. 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production will explore and magnify the energy behind the man in the mirror, who is one of the undisputed entertainment legends.

“Tina – the Tina Turner Musical” will resume production on Oct. 8 at the Lunt-FontanneTheatre. It was one of the hits of the past season, but shuttered because the pandemic. The show is a stunning and inspiring comeback story of the superstar who challenged the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism, becoming the radiant Queen of  Rock ‘n’ Roll.

“Six,” which has become an international, premieres Sept. 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.The concept is to trace 500 years of the the six wives of Henry VII, reimagined as the tudor queens and pop princesses with 21st century girl power.