For the first time since 2019, when the Covid-19 pandemic shut down life and cultural events, “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” the summertime musical festival at the Waikiki Aquarium will resume this summer.

The schedule:

  • June 30 – Makana, featuring Bobby Moderow Jr., Kawika Kahiapo and George Kuo.
  • July 21 – Kalani Pe‘a, with Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela.
  • Aug. 11 – Streetlight Cadence and Friends.

The oceanfront concerts will offer special dinners provided by island restaurant partners.

Those attending will also be able to tour the Aquarium galleries that will be open during the event. Guests should plan to bring mats and lawn chairs for seating on the grass, as well as blankets.

Seating will be tiered, with those sitting on mats on the grass lawn closest to the stage, with those with low chairs behind that group, and those will full-sized lawn chairs seated behind that group.

Because of on-site food vendors, outside food and drink will not be allowed.

Season tickets, including all three concerts, are available; individual tickets for one or two shows are available, at the Waikiki Aquarium website. …

Once Upon One Time’

Lisa Matsumoto’s classic pidgin English musical comedy, “Once Upon One Time,
 will be revived by Manoa Valley Theatre, beginning June 30 at the Kaimuki High School Auditorium.

Cast of Manoa Valley Theatre’s “Once Upon One Time,” playing at Kaimuki High Auditorium.

Matsumoto’s comedic take on familiar fairy tale characters is given a pidgin overhaul, so Snow White and Da Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Little Red Hiding Hood appear, singing and spouting da kine pidgin lingo, complete with the appearance of Da Mongoose and funny kine , kinda lolo menehune.

The late Matsumoto did da book and lyrics, and was known for playing Da Wicked Queen, but one new generation of performers will bring new vigor and veneer like you no can imagine. Da music is by Paul Palmore, with Roslyn Catracchio adding extra songs.

Performances going run through July 10 so no fo’get order da tickets at (808) 988-6131 or go visit and can charge. …

‘Qualities of Starlight’

The Hawaii premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean’s play, “Qualities of Starlight,”
will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 24) at The Actors Group’s Brad Powell Theatre at 650 Iwilei Road at Dole Cannery.

The story is about a couple visiting his aging parents in the Appalachian South, and discover the elders are meth addicts. Science collides with nature, with identity shifts and a cosmos no longer wondrous.

Director Alan Shepard is portraying Junior, Amy K. Sullivan is Rose, Matthew Miller is Theo and Christine Umipeg is Polly.

For tickets, call (808) 722-6941, or visit or

Broadway grosses, week ending June 19

“A Strange Loop,” a Tony-winning Best Musical, is making gains on the Broadway gross roster, but has a way to go; the leading productions have switched places on the weekly compilation, with “Hamilton,” grossing more than $2.2 million, surpassing the former No. 1 ticketing musical, “The Music Man,” which previously scored $3 million tallies, but dropping to $1.7 million and No. 2, with “The Lion King” roaring in at No. 2 with its $1.9 million gross.

The rundown, courtesy the Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz. …

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