‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the ‘aina

Santa was list-checking, gifts splendid and minah.

With Omicron still threatening, though COVID protocols declining;

He had concerns of Rudolph’s red nose still brightly shining.

For Gov. Ige and Mayor Blangiardi, a green light on waivers;

But for bars and restaurants: are the pushbacks life-savers?

Bruno Mars

To Bruno Mars, pretty please, come back, do a show;

You know how we love you and your Hooligans‘ glow.

A second season “go” signal, for the “Doogie Kamealoha” cast;

For “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” too, may one not be the last.

For Chris Lee, resident film guru, more savvy shared;

His knowledge and smarts go where no one else dared.

Destin Daniel Cretton

For Destin Daniel Cretton, “Shang-Chi” pride of Maui

A bid at the Oscars would make him a wowie.

For Dwayne “Rock” Johnson, who has more than he needs;

Maybe some fundraisers for a string of good deeds?

For the divine Bette Midler, a “Dolly!” for all seasons.

And now, Kennedy Center laurels, kudos for all the right reasons.

Marcus Mariota

For QB Marcus Mariota, a wish: “Maybe next year;”

More huddling, more passing…TDs we would cheer!

Fresh water, not tainted, for those on Red Hill,

And Navy brass, come on, too many are ill.

For singer Shari Lynn, a trove of Sondheim ditties?

Shari Lynn

For her furry dog Lui? Two pairs of warm mitties.

For Kika Matsumoto, new bookings, more cats;

For Audy Kimura, pups and kittens… minus spats.

A one-time day-off, for dandy Andy Bumatai

His daily online postings are as bright as the sky.

Frank DeLima

For Frank DeLima, more tours of schools statewide;

For decades he’s shared comedic inspiration with pride.

Another isle concert has been his big wish;

So sing, Martin Nievera, share your songs! Delish!

A “safe pass” to visit, for Loretta Ables Sayre;

She’s self-secluded in Mililani, because of pandemic scare.

Joseph Morales

For Joseph Morales, Marc delaCruz, Hawaii’s “Hamilton” stars;

Let your “shots” in the musical leave you stronger, without scars.

Something homemade and special, for busy Henry Kapono;

A gigantic tub of poke, fresh-catch and so ono.

Jerry Santos

For Jerry Santos, maile, the lei with sweet scent;

And one for Bryan Tolentino, the uke-strumming gent.

For Misty and Afatia, tweaking the Tihati  brand;

With visitors returning, they’re still best in the land.

For retired Tihati founders Puna Cha and Papa Jack:

A leisurely cruise would ease their pain in the back.

Robert Cazimero

For Robert Cazimero, a night club, where he can serenade and glow;

A chic Waikiki lounge to sing –three nights in a row?

For Roy Yamaguchi, Chai, Siu, the DK, MW team:

Filled fridges, full houses and creations that gleam.

A personal request to Alan Wong: please return to the scene?

We miss your culinary treats, you’ve always been keen.

For poet Fran Kakugawa, a new wrinkle of glory;.

Asa Ige

A regular letter-to-the-editor writer, her words tell a story.

For floral whiz Asa Ige, a field full of bright blooms;

To create arrangements astounding, befitting hotel rooms.

For Kevin Iwamoto, also known as  Kevin I:

More surges in ‘80s music, giving him a new global high.

For creator Johnson Enos, a delayed “Honu” launch would do;

His Disneyesque musical would have folks cheering “Woo!”

Keali’i Reichel

For Keali ‘i Reichel, Roz Catracchia, too;

The kickoff of Michael Jackowitz’s

Hi‘iaka dream musical come true!

For actor Jason Tam, more Broadway hits;

For Greg Zane, kudos, for his DHT blitz.

For composer Jay Larrin a “white” Mauna Kea year-long

Kalani Pe’a

So deejays can keep spinning his appropriate song.

For Kalani Pe’a, perhaps Grammy win No. 3?

He’s nominated again, so a hearty shout-out: Whee!

For Jake Shimabukuro, our prolific ukulele czar

A Grammy, too, will elevate his global star.

Raiatea Helm

A new path for Raiatea Helm, the songbird from Molokai;

With her new college degree, she’ll reach a new high.

For Carole Kai Onouye, a revamped Great Aloha Run next year

That will wind up at UH’s Ching Stadium, no doubt with a big cheer!

For Blue Note operators, a rousing big cheer

For hiring acts, staying open, welcoming patrons without fear.

Karen Keawehawaii

For Karen Keawehawai’i, used Christmas cards aplenty;

She recycles, makes tote bags, full of cheer … not scanty.

For KSSK’s Michael W. Perry, more music, less talk;

His political rants are making many folks balk.

For Ho’okena, The Makaha Sons, groups always supreme

Perhaps regular music festivals would be keen.

For Yvonne Elliman, simply, redemption, she’s had a few bad years;

She’s rebuilding her life, and her tunes still evoke tears.

Carissa Moore

For Carissa Moore, the first lady of surf;

May the waves never cease while you’re in that turf.

For Vanita Rae Smith, a frequent lunch mate;

Shall we continue the chatfests once we select a date?

For all of you first responders, in this time of duress;

A huge mahalo, and aloha you’re all truly da best.

To vaccine dodgers, a plea: please halt the decline;

Two shots. Plus booster. Just join the line.

A holiday toast, precious readers, all you Mr. and Ms.,

Mele Kalikimaka! Happy New Year! And that’s Christmas Show Biz …


    1. Wishing you a happy and music-filled New Year. Keep up your good work with your allies; music makes the world go round and lessens stress from diversions in the world.

  1. The year is never complete without your clever holiday in rhyme, we all wish you would do more for all holiday times!

    God bless you my dear Wayne and mahalo for including me in your SHOW BIZ TIME–IN RHYME!

  2. You’re one of the reliables — always doing something, always visible, always successful — over the decades. No rhyme needed, but inclusion is a no-brainer. Hope to see each other for a toast to longevity!

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