Services for Jade Stice, beloved actress in island and Broadway shows, will be held July 7 at the Ko‘olau Ballroom in Kaneohe.

The agenda includes visitation from 3 p.m., services at 4 p.m., and a celebration reception following the rites.

Stice died on June 6, in a hiking accident in California. She was 53.

Stice, who graduated in 1988 from Castle High School, exemplified the best values instilled by her Castle High School mentor, the late director Ronald Bright: Believe.

In 1991 Stice set her sights on the bright lights of The Great White Way, auditioning for and securing a role in the original Broadway cast of “Miss Saigon,” which starred Filipino actress Lea Salonga as Kim and Hawaii native Willy Falk as Chris, the American soldier. Stice was an ensemble member, eventually inheriting the role of Ellen, Chris’ wife, in the hit musical.

Later, Stice was a member of the first touring company of another Broadway hit, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Stice also starred in numerous Hawaii shows, and one of her career highlights was portraying Queen Lili‘uokalani, in the world premiere of “A Timeless Princess” at Mamiya Theatre.

Her Broadway experiences enabled Stice to hone and share her skills, and founded, with sister Ligaya Stice, the I’m a Bright Kid Foundation, to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Mr. B. Her stage triumphs with  IABK included “The Wiz,”  “Songs for a New World” and “Children of Eden.”

At the time of her death, she had been planning to work with youngers in IABK’s summer training sessions for island youth, which culminates in a staged production. While theater was her first love, Stice also had passion for and devotion to the Familly Hui Hawaii, where she was stage program manager of the parent support group working to prevent domestic violence. She also was an advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

The Stice ohana requests that in lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Family Hui Hawai’i or the I’m a Bright Kid Foundation…

Aquarium event a one-night

For the first time since its launch, the Waikiki Aquarium’s “Ke Kani O Ke Kai” summertime concert will be a one-night-only staging, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. today (June 2) on the aquarium grounds.

Kawika Kahiano

Performers will include an all-star lineup of Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians, including Kawika Kahiapo, Bobby Moderow, Robi Kahakalau, Makana, Crossing Rain, andthe 2024 Merrie Monarch Festival Overall Winner, Halau Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai o Haʻehaʻe.

 Other guest artists include Joe Berinobis, Dean Wilhelm, Anthony Pfluke, and Dwight Kanae.

Because of on-site construction beginning July 1, only a single concert will be staged this season.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for sponsors and premium ticket holders; general admission entry starts at 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 6 p.m.

Attendees may explore the aquarium galleries, which will remain open all evening, and guests should bring beach blankets and seats. Outside food or beverages are not allowed; concessions will be available for refreshments.

The show will be staged, rain or shine.

Tickets: $20, $55, $75, at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ke-kani-o-ke-kai-2024-tickets-900694059177?aff=erelexpmlt&irclickid=VrQ0mWSs8

And that’s Show Biz,,,


  1. Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for info about Jade Stice”s memorial. I was wondering why there wasn’t any info about her in the Advertiser.

    Also got the news about the passing of Tyler Wiley. So sad he was so young. Enjoyed all the episodes of 5-0 that e appearing in. There was so much on the internet about him and his sumo and acting careers. My deepest sympathy to his wife and their children.

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