That Martin Nievera-Michael Paulo concert, slated for Saturday (Jan.15) at the Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 and the Omicron variant threatening the health and welfare of patrons.

In a statement to ticket buyers, Paulo – producer of the event – said “Because of the serious covid challenges and recent surge in Hawaii that became overwhelming, I have decided to postpone the concert until a later date.”

Michael Paulo

A rescheduled date has not yet been set, but Paulo, the noted jazz saxophonist,  indicated that singer Nievera “is in agreement with us.”

If a suitable makeup date can’t be confirmed, Paulo said that refunds in full will be made.

He added, “I pray that all of you will continue to remain safe and healthy.” …

If you’re going out…

So this is a good time as any, to repeat a sensible advisory:

If you plan a night out, at a show at large venues such as  Blaisdell Center and the Hawaii Theatre, or smaller venues like Blue Note Hawaii, Diamond Head Theatre or Manoa Valley Theatre, you should check with the sites and/or presenters. Protocols may be heightened.

With fluid policies that might change, today’s guidelines may be tightened two days ahead.

What’s still relevant: facemasks are required, while watching a performance of any kind; proof of vaccinations/boosters is mandatory; a valid photo ID also will be required. Be prepared; don’t try to enter a venue without a mask or that vaxx documentation.

Arguing or pleading is not acceptable. So be responsible. Follow the rules. Be safe. Be prepared.

It also might be prudent to repeat that early suggestion at the beginning of the pandemic. Wash your hands thoroughly…by singing Happy Birthday two times. …


Jacob Batalon, the Hawaii native who has become a breakout film star in the “Spider-Man” films, can add his name to the list of celebs appearing in national commercials.

Jacob Batalon

Batalon plays best friend Ned Leeds opposite crimefighter Tom Holland as the titular webbed warrior; both appear in a new Hyundai car commercial, in which Batalon is in the driver’s seat.

The pair of stars in the Marvel cinematic universe still rule the box office with their “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” with $1.5 billion in global grosses so far. They are real-life best friends, too.
It’s likely yet another “Spider-Man” film is forthcoming, but there’s no word whether Holland and Batalon will be repeaters again. …

And that’s Show Biz. …

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