Bruno Mars is surging mile high – in orbit – because of his latest honors.

He’s now got the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a second week, sharing the laurels with Silk Sonic partner, for their “Leave the Door” hit.

But it’s his earlier singles that are making news. The multi-Grammy-winning Hawaii native has collected five Diamond Status Singles laurels, the most ever won by an individual. First, “That’s What I Like” and “When I Was Your Man,” were certified by RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) for sales of 10 million units, according to That’s the best in the league right now. The tally includes sales but also online streaming.

Two other sparklers —“Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade” – have made the Diamond tier, along with a third, “Uptown Funk” (with Mark Ronson collaborating).

Bruno Mars

Thus, Bruno’s five Diamond singles are the most awarded among other living artists, and only 60 have been so far.

In a statement, the RIAA honcho said, “What Bruno has accomplished is just extraordinary.”…

Farm tour

Musician George Kahumoku Jr., a stellar slack key guitarist, has been dubbed a “Renaissance Man.”

With reason. On Maui, where he calls home, the Kahumoku Family Farm Tour is a Saturday attraction at his farm at the Cliffs at Kahakuloa.

George Kahumoku Jr.

Each Saturday, Kahumoku opens up his farm for a fascinating visit embracing cultural, nutritional, artistic and historic elements.

Visitors learn about the benefits of raising your own veggies and fruit in your own garden.

You pick vegetable to share in a lunch cooked and served by Kahumoku.

You visit his small flock of sheep and his three miniature horses.

There’s an art project, too, where you learn in a make-and-take activity, creating a souvenir to take home.

Further, there are sessions on culture and mythology, of the Hawaiian staple of life, taro; you hear about the moon calendar and when it’s prime time for planting; you learn of soil – preservation and restoration.

You get to lunch together, then join Kahumoku in sing-alongs. Sounds like a visitor-targeted activity, but locals will learn a lot about lifestyles.

Thus, it’s a memory-laden opportunity for visitors and families alike. With the easing of travel protocols, it’s easier plan a trip for a visit.

The program, presented by Mahele Waiwai LLC, is a four-hour activity, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Those attending are asked to wear covered shoes, comfy clothes, and provide sun protection. And because of coronavirus protocols, attendance is limited to a party of two.

Cost: $250. Visit

And that’s “Show Biz.” …

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