May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, and on May 1, there are two celebrations – one virtual on TV, one live in a Waikiki club –worth considering.

The traditional mammoth Hawaiian party at the Waikiki Shell, is only a memory now; the Brothers Cazimero, who staged Lei Day annually for years, pulled the plug a number of seasons ago. Since then, Roland Cazimero died, and Robert Cazimero has tried to carry on some measure of the beloved celebration.


Robert surfaces again this year, in a televised performance, at 6 p.m. May 1 on KGMB, then an hour later at 7 p.m. on KFVE, with a re-telecast at 8 p.m. May 3 again on KFVE. Facebook Live by Kahuli Leo Le’a will carry the program for worldwide viewing.

Kahuli Leo Le’a is producing the event, “Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2021: Makai’ika’I,” which will assemble Cazimero and his Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, along with Keauhou, Manu Boyd, the Ha’eha’e girls, Ka La ‘Onohi Mai o Ha’eha’e directed by Tracie and Keawe Lopes and Halau Mohala ‘Ilima directed by Mapuana de Silva. Billy V. emcees

The mission is to create a robust burst of Hawaiian culture amid the perimeters of your TV screen at home. The scent of freshly-strewn blossons of lei will be missing, unless you abide by the Cazimero mantra for years, “Make a Lei, Give a Lei, Wear a Lei.” Zachary Lum, a member of the group Keauhou, is the producer-executive director of the telecast show, and is staging the production “as Hawaii continues to welcome malihini back to the islands,” he said. “We are eager to utilize online platforms, bringing May Day to wider audiences and delivering an important message through this creative presentation.”

Hawaiian Airlines is the title sponsor of the e-show.


As part of his residency at the Blue Note Hawaii club at the Waikiki Outrigger Hotel,Kuana Torres Kahele presents May Day with a plethora of hula and serenaders, creating a tapestry of culture which is part of his signature.Shows will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. May 1 (doors open at 4:30 and 8 p.m.), with Kahele assembling three wahine kumu hula: Vicky Holt Takamine, Leimomi Ho and Leina’ala Pavoa Jardin, who will share their dancers and artistry, along with unnamed guest dancers.

Tickets: $35 premium, $25 loge and bar zone; call 777-4890 or visit

In addition, there will be designer pop up by designer Manaola.

Social distancing protocol will be observed. Also, Blue Note will offer meal options.

Two islanders in Disney+ series

Two island actors, with roles in motion pictures, television and Broadway, will appear in separate Disney+ series in the weeks and months ahead.

Keala Settle, best known for her role as the Bearded Woman in Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” flick in which she performed the Oscar-nominated “This Is Me” song, will have a recurring role in the just-released “Big Shot” series in which she will be playing Christina Winters, the mom of basketball player Destiny Winters, in the high school basketball  comedy starring John Stamos as coach Marvyn Korn. You may also know her for her Broadway appearances in “Waitress,” “Les Miserables,” and “Hands on the Hardbody,” and the most recent “Rent” revival on TV.

Keala Settle
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Anthony Ruivivar

Anthony Ruivivar, whose TV credits include “Third Watch,” is completing filming of a reboot of “Turner & Hooch,” in which he will perform as U.S. Marshall James Mendez. The series, starring Josh Peck as Stuart Turner, is completing production in Vancouver, B.C., will premiere July 16 and its 12 weekly episodes will air through Oct. 1.  You may recall Ruivivar from TV shows like “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “American Horror Story”   and films including “Starship Troopers,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “Race the Sun.”

Harmon to stay on ‘NCIS’ but no DiZonno for Hawaii

This just in: Mark Harmon, the star of CBS’ “NCIS,” has decided to sign for another season, which means his character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, will be back this fall for the procedural’s 19th season.

According to The Holllywood Reporter, Harmon’s decision to remain on the network’s most popular show extended the life of the series; he also serves as an executive producer.

If he didn’t agree to return as the centrifugal force of the No. 1 investigative show on prime time, the show would have been shuttered.

There were layered concerns – if Harmon exited, would the show continue and hope he might make limited recurring appearances? Though “NCIS” will extend its run one more year, Harmon has not expressed a desire to appear full time, since the coronavirus pandemic continues. Covid has cut the number of episodes during the 17th and 18th season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The recent decision also does not mention a second year extended to  make it the 20th season. To date, TV’s longest-running show is  NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” which has been on air for 21 seasons and gunning for 22 his fall.

Harmon’s decision to keep the brand going also gives impetus to “NCIS: Hawaii,” which is primed to be on the fall agenda with execs from the soon-to-shut-down “NCIS: New Orleans,” ending its seventh year, serving as the new island team.

Meanwhile, “NCIS: Los Angeles” – in its 12th year, going on 13–also will continue, with possible crossover episodes with the Hawaii spinoff.

And CBS’ “Magnum P.I.” has been renewed for a fourth season, meaning Hawaii will again have two live action shows competing for actors and locations since the earlier termination of the “Hawaii Five-0” reboot.

But CBS’ “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly, also has been granted a sixth season, thus putting to rest to the rumors and hope that  the actor might become part of the Hawaii “NCIS” as Tony DiNozzo.

‘Brighter Days’ at Hawaii Theatre


It’s the circle of life for the I’m a Bright Kid Foundation, which will mark its fifth anniversary beginning this weekend, with a virtual tribute presentation of “Brighter Days,” a retrospective special in the spirit of the earlier “Brighter Still,” from the Hawaii Theatre.

Thus, IABK returns to where its theatrical life began, continuing to preserve the legacy of the late Ron Bright, the veteran director-educator who inspired hundreds of youth to enjoy the magic of theater and scores who actually made it to Broadway.

“Days” will originate from the Hawaii Theatre stage and streamed live beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday (April 18 )to statewide audiences via the Hawaii Theatre and the IABK sites.

Familiar talent, from Bright shows over the last five years. will be featured, including Jade Stice (“Children of Eden” and “Songs For A New ,World”), Bailey Barnes (“The Wiz”), Jade and Michael Bright (“Children of Eden”), Kathleen Stuart (“The King and I”) and, Miguel Cadoy III (“Children of Eden” and “Songs For A New World”).

Other participating actors include Matthew Pederson, Drew Bright, Kaikou Kaimuloa, Austin Pangilinan, Chat Atkins, Michael Cabagbag, Kevin Pease, Alyse Glaser, Selah Fronda, Susan Hawes, and Vanessa Manuel Mazzullo.

Also, students from IABK’s Summer Musical Theatre Arts Education Program (“On Dragonfly Wings,” ”Once On This Island” and “Seussical KIDS will struth their stuff plus unnamed surprise guests will appear.

A suggested donation of $5 per person is suggested. However, other donation tiers are available: $100 for IABK legacy donations or $25 for ohana contributions. For details, go to the Hawaii Theatre events page the IABK website.

The show airs through June 18 through at the IABK YouTube channel. Details: Hawaii Theatre events page ( or on the IABK website (

In addition to the streaming, IABK has tapped two Oahu restaurants to provide comfort food dinner to accompany “Brighter Days.”

Café Kalawe (247-9527) in Kaneohe, 46-005 Kawa St., will serve “Mr. B’s Mixed Plate,” and the Honolulu Baking Company (596-2556) in Kakaako, 523 Ahui St., is preparing lasagna or vegetarian pot pie. Meals are $12, with ordering deadline extended to 2 p.m. Friday (April 16).

Further, to promote the “Brighter Days” show, IABK regulars will appear on Manoa Valley Theatre’s “MVT Live” program at 5 p.m. Friday (April 16) with host Devon Nekoba talking story with Miguel Cadoy III, Mary Chesnut Hicks, and Jade Stice. All appear in “Brighter Days.”

Go to for the live link.

Cadoy is a music teacher at Farrington High School, where he is artistic director of the Farrington Performing Arts Center; Hicks is a veteran voice teacher, opera singer and Iolani School teacher; and Stice is a founding member of IABK and has global acting credits including the original “Miss Saigon” Broadway production.

PHOTO: Bailey Barnes in “The Wiz.”

‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Update


“NCIS: Hawaii” still is a go to join the CBS’ fall lineup of new shows, but uncertainties and rumors still persist.

This much is certain:

  1. The Hawaii spin-off, fourth in the NCIS brand, will likely feature a lead female agent in charge for “NCIS Pearl,” as described in a TVLine posting, and her character’s name is Jane Tennant. The actress has not yet been named, but a search is under way.
  2. If the Hawaii brand hopes to be ready to roll this fall, surely the cast would have to be selected in the weeks ahead, with pre-production measures under way now to launch filming by summer. The “Pearl” chatter suggests that Pearl Harbor would be a likely “character,”or base, in the storytelling.
  3. “NCIS: New Orleans,” the third the family of NCIS procedurals, will end its seventh season with the finale airing May 23.
  4. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the first spinoff and the second in the brand, also winds up its 12th season May 23, and it’s highly likely that a 13th season will follow, though a formal extension has not yet been announced.
  5. “NCIS,” the original led by Mark Harmon, is set to air its 18th season finale on May 25. The most popular in the series, the original could go another year or two, despite the fact that its driving force, Harmon as lead agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has publicly decreed that he would exit this year. CBS has two options: plead that Harmon stays on, or cast another lead agent, to keep the No. 1 procedural on the air. No network likes to eliminate two audience favorite go down the tube in the same season a newbie, the Hawaii newbie, makes its debut.

Rumors have been plentiful in the past few months:

  1. Audiences have been vocal to reinstate to favorite characters and players from the Harmon NCIS: Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), who had a love/hate relationship on air, to report to duty at Pearl. There’s no word that either one has been asked to return. Weatherly already is attached to his own CBS series, “Bull,” which is completing its fifth season but not been tagged to return for another season. De Pablo is not in a recurring role currently.
  2. Hawaii auditions are under way for unnamed shows, which could be that NCIS is trolling for talent. If so, it would be sensible that a local actor, male or female, to tapped to play secondary characters. It’s good for the Hawaii pool of actors, and better for diversity than to import performers as both reboots of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I.” have been in the past decade. “Five-0” has terminated production; “Magnum” is awaiting word on its future, whether to stay or go; its ratings have dwindled – 0.53 rating in the key 18-49 demographics, with 5.66 million viewers. Compared to season two, this reflects an 18 per cent drop in the demos and 15 per cent down in viewership.
  3. National media allude to the fact that the network has access to production space in the islands, with no specific declaration where, since “Magnum “occupies the principal sites now.

The studio previously announced that Chris Silbur will be “Hawaii” show-runner; he comes from “N.O.” Other execs named so far: executive producers Jan Nash (“N.O.”) and Matt Basack (CBS’ “SEAL”).
If Hawaii film industry execs know that the NCIS is truly heading here, they are not privileged to admit yet.
Some fans do not know that NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service major case response team involved in law enforcement and counterintelligence matters for the Navy, which also includes the Marine Corps. Like “Hawaii Five-0,” a special investigative wing of the police force, the missions and the agencies are fictional.”