Another Hawaii Kai dining spot is closing this month: Outback Steakhouse.

Lease rent increases is the reason, so Outback’s last day of dining – after 22 years here — is Feb. 26. So another one bites the dust.

But wait: Still another Outback restaurant, in Kihei, is closing tomorrow (Feb. 19).

The Outback, at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, will shut down Feb. 26.

The chain’s departure from the Hawaii Kai Towne Center  is a sore blow to East Side residents, coupled with the earlier shutdown of Zippy’s dine-in and Sophie’s Pizza at the Koko Marina Shopping Center. Who and what’s next in closures and job losses? …


Lyric Medeiros

Lyric Medeiros, daughter of Glenn and Tammy Medeiros, is the latest islander competing in ABC’s “American Idol.” The singer with the musical name clearly has vocalizing in her DNA, since daddy is an idol from the past, known for hits like “Nothing’s Going to Change My Love for You” and “She Ain’t Worth It.”

Lyric has a growing list of singing and acting credits (including stage roles). For those who don’t know the family dynamics, her brother Chord Medeiros also is an entertainer awaiting his lucky break. …

Amanda Schull, the former Ballet Hawaii dancer who starred in the “Center Stage” film, has been seen as an FBI agent in Fox’s “911 – Lone Star” drama headlined by Rob Lowe as a firefighter.

As you may know, she’s hung up her ballet shoes and tutu for a variety of films and television series, include Hallmark romantic fare. …

She is best known as the voice of “Moana” to her Disney fans, but Hawaii’s Auli‘I Cravalho has been branching out to the Broadway musical stage.  Earlier this month, Cravalho concluded a short run in “Sunset Boulevard,” an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical based on the vintage Billy. Wilder film about a fading screen star on the threshold of talkies,  in a Broadway Center Stage endeavor at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Cravalho portrayed Betty Schaefer  in a cast featuring Stephanie J. Block as Norma Desmond, Derek Klena as Joe Gillis, and Nathan Gunn as Max Von Mayerlin.  Good for Cravalho. …

Broadway grosses, week ending Feb. 12

There are only 21 shows now running on Broadway, thanks to end-of-run finales for a couple of productions following the holiday season.

Thus, the remaining shows soldier on, with these seven leaders now:

1 – “The Phantom of the Opera,” $2.425 million.

2 – “Funny Girl,” $1.800 million.

3 – “Hamilton,” $1.722 million.

4 – “The Lion King,” $1.626 million.

5  – “MJ,” $1.566 million.

6 – “Wickked,” $1.466 million.

7 –“Moulin Rouge,” $1.352.

The full compilation is courtesy the Broadway League. …

And that’s Show Biz. …

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