A roster of bona fide luminaries in Hawaii’s recording industry will be honored in the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Awards gala Nov. 5 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room.

The 2023 inductees are:

  • Audy Kimura, left, a singer, composer, guitarist, engineer, and producer best known for his “Lovers and Friends” hit; also a longtime entertainer (now retired) at Hy’s Steak House, a commercial jingle writer and accomplished rifle shooter.
  • Karen Keawehawai‘i, left below, a veteran singer, recording artist, television host and radio personality, actress, featured voice with the Royal Hawaiian Band but also known for a floral garden in her hair.
  • Nohelani Cypriano, right, below a singer, composer, keyboardist, club performer and wife of Dennis Grau.
  • Les Ceballos, left below, a singer well known as a mainstay in the Kamehameha Schools song contest.

  • Kata Maduli, below right, is arecording artist, show presenter, and the father of McKenna Maduli and the husband of Janet Maduli.

A luncheon ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. for seating and a lunch at 11 a.m.  The ceremony begins at noon and will feature entertainment with biographic profiles, concluding at 2 p.m.

The event also will bestow a Legacy Recognition honor to the late Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Lance, a Hula Records executive who also was  researcher and writer and savvy and knowledgeable Hawaiiana expert.

Tickets: $90.

Details: info@HARAHAWAII.com or call  Janet Maduliat (808) 282-5577…

Hollywood strike has impacted local filming

The shutdown of Hollywood productions on the Mainland impacted Hawaii shows too.

 With actors going on strike, in support of the Writers
Guild of America walkout, all shows are on pause.

Nearly 160,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) are supporting  the 20,000 Writers Guild of America members who have been picketing since May, when negotiations broke down with writers seeking a new three-year contract with movie studios.

The SAG-AFTRA strike affects 1,200 actors in Hawaii.

The shows affected are CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” which apparently completed its second season filming before the shutdown occurred, and Disney’s live-action “Moana” and  live-action “Lilo and Stitch” features. NBC’s “Magnum P.I.” called off part of the show’s fifth season, too, but the closure came before the WGA and SAG-AFTRA walk-out, and its status is in limbo and likely is being cut off from NBC, the network that gave it a safety net pickup.

Amy Hill, pictured, who was a “Magnum” recurring star for CBS’ four seasons of the procedural and also the shortened fifth season on NBC, also has been doing the “Lilo and Stitch” project, told Hawaii News Now that labor disputes no longer are surprising. “Having been in this business for a while I kind of, I’m always ready for losing a job,” said Hill. …

And that’s Show Biz. …

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