As a kid, do you recall having periodic shots at a doctor’s visit?  For flu prevention. Perhaps a booster to combat the flu.

As an adult, I started including cortizone injections as part of my regimen, to combat pain, Like carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist, and shots in my lower back, to ease arthritic and pinched-nerve issues.,

Have you had your shingles shots?

But there was a pair of injections I had over the past four years, to prevent a shingles attack, where you can have blistering rashes anywhere on your body. Some have the shingles on their faces, if you can imagine.

So I ask now: Have you had a shingles shot? One or two?

OK, OK, OK. Enough about shots, right? The coronavirus pandemic has been an invasive species, making many shy away from being vaccinated.

But shingles is another issue. As health folks indicate, shingles is sneaky, caused by the same virus as chickenpox. No one is happy, getting shots. But vaxxing means prevention.

And if you’re over 50 years old, the shingles shots – one, then another later –is highly recommended. Why? Because stats show 1 in 3 people will get shingles. And shingles is not pretty, but highly painful, like a bad, blistering rash, and it could be incapacitating, if you get a bad attack.

Flu shots matter, too.

I’ve had both shots over the past four years. When the battle call was sounded several years ago — that seniors over 50 should get those shots —  it was virtually impossible to even sign up for the procedure. The serum supply here was scarce; most doctors didn’t have it, pharmacies like CVS Longs and Walgreens couldn’t get ‘em. Strangely, Safeway with pharmacies had supplies, but the waiting list was so long, the pharmacy shut down its waitlist.

Eventually, I found an independent supplier and was able to get the first, then the second. Once you have both shots, you’re done.

Lest you forget, we’ve become beings that try to get annual shots to lessen the chances of catching the winter flu. And every season, the shots change because the flu attack heightens.

Sure, making the effort to receive any shot takes time and effort. The trade off is if you catch the disease of the moment, your period of recuperation will be easier and faster.

“Shingles rarely kills you,” says William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, “but it can make you wish you were dead.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Shingrix, the vaccine it approves for shingles prevention, is “spectacularly effective”. The shot is 97 per cent successful in preventing those in their 50s and 60s from catching the rash, and 91 per cent for those 70s and older.

Something to consider when you get your annual fall/winter flu shot.


Moses Goods, the respected and versatile performer and writer, has had good fortunes in recent week, with productions “on location” in Hawaii.

His visibility and accolades were tantamount, when he appeared in CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i”as Wally Holman, the Waimanolo-based father of Kai Holman, the secondary agent character  portrayed by Alex Tallant supposedly with  island roots but dubious loyalty of becoming a “local” again. For the record, Tallant is part Maori and Samoan, and would pass for a Hawaii lad, but lacks the aura and credibility of Goods, formerly of Maui and now of Oahu.  Surely, you’re familiar with Goods, a native Hawaiian-black actor-playwright who wrote and starred in a one-man show, “Duke,” about the legendary surfer and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku. The producers wanted to make his at-home scenes credible, so Goods brought in some real vintage photos that are now plopped on a table, providing realistic set accoutrements to the household.

Moses Goods

But here’s where the good fortune comes in. Goods recently auditioned for a recurring role in the HBO Max lifeguard drama, “Ke Nui Road,” the pilot for which begins filming on the North Shore shortly. His character is Jeremy and what he does has not yet been revealed.

“Ke Nui Road” aims to be a lifestyle portrait of the grittiness and grandeur of North Shore lifeguards, in that monster-wave setting that instantly attracts athletes and spectators. No, don’t expect a reboot of “Baywatch;” the “Ke Nui” team should deliver a drama as huge as the waves, at best.

John Wells

Maybe his “NCIS” performance was a factor, maybe not, but Goods got word that he will be seen as Jeremy, and clearly, he impressed the executive producers, John Wells, Matt Kester and Erin Jontow, who had a note of congrats attached to an orchid plant in a basket, delivered  to his doorsteps. Naturally, Goods was blown by the kindness and  hospitality of the Wells-led team. If you’re up on TV honchos, Wells was the showrunner of “The West Wing” and “Shameless,” Kester is an “”Animal Kingdom” writer, and Jontow is president of Television at John Wells Productions.

Perhaps Wells and team should enlist North Shore resident  Jack Johnson to create authentic original island-style music for the score? Just thinking, if the team hasn’t thought of this yet. …

Manoa DNA has Blue Note gig

Lloyd Kawakami

Manoa DNA will take stage at Blue Note Hawaii at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, not focusing on its melodies but doing tributes to legendary pop acts.

The trio now is a duo, with dad Lloyd Kawakami  (the D) and son Alx Kawakami (the A) still in the act. Nick Kawakami (the N), son of Lloyd and bro of Alx, now is involved full-time in real estate.

The group – with skills in harmonic vocals — will feature the tunes of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Simon & Garfunkel. It earlier presented a slate of  songs by The Eagles.

Reservations: www.bluenotehawaii.com or phone 777-4890. …

Tito’s schedules

Tito Berinobis will perform solo from 6 to 9 p.m.  Fridays and Saturdays, at Chart House Waikiki, with a tweaked schedule due to coronavirus restrictions. Chart House is launching a weekend brunch, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning today (Oct.2) and Sunday (Oct. 3). Call 941-6669.

Berinobis continues to entertain at the Ilikai Courtyard from 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays and at the Elks Club Waikiki from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays,  schedules unchanged. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


Say you’re getting married, have a lot of money or a source to get the moolah, and want Bruno Mars to sing “Marry You” as your headliner.

It’s not impossible, and it did happen earlier in September, according to The New York Post, when Troy Brown got hitched to Kristin Ryan at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, MA.

The deep pockets to pay the tab was the groom’s father, who is CEO of Motorola Solutions. His name is Greg Brown, who reportedly had a salary of $20.3 million last year.

Bruno Mars

The Post reported that following dinner, a marching band led guests to a “secret speakeasy,” where guests had to utter the secret password, “Magic,” to receive keys that said “Join us in room 24.”

The clues might have been obvious: “24K Magic” was a monster hit for Hawaii-born Mars.

How long Mars entertained, or what he sang, is not known. How much he was paid is unknown, too, though Scarlet Events, a luxe party planner, indicated that Mars’ standard fee for an event like a wedding starts at $3 million … so the sky’s the limit, budget willing …

New Ballet Hawaii exec director

Kimi Takazawa

Kimi Takazawa is the new executive director of Ballet Hawaii, effective today (Oct. 1). She succeeds John Parkinson, who served the organization for the past 14 years.

Takazawa, most recently the chief operating officer at ‘Olelo Hawaii, has vast leadership and experience with non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts and After-School All-Stars.

And that’s Show Biz. …


Henry Kapono and Friends’ mammoth concert Nov. 6 at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki  Shell – a highlight of the fall music calendar – has been postponed till June 18, 2022, organizers announced today (Sept. 28).

The uncertainty of the prevailing cloud of the coronavirus pandemic was the reason for the postponement.

“We are all due for some Good Times Together, an epic celebration,” said Kapono, an award-winning singer, composer, musician and organizer of the event.  But now is not the time, hence the pushing of the pause button.

The  announcement alluded to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, with see-sawing protocols that change from day to day, week to week.

Safety is the bottom line of the decision to reschedule the concert.

Henry Kapono

“We all need it, we all deserve it,” he said of performing. “But not until the current COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty is behind us and we can all be safe and comfortable together again. Let us always aloha together.”

Generally, outdoor events like this one at the Shell can be staged, probably at half-the-house capacity, with spectators donning facemasks and sitting socially distanced – with empty seats separating patrons, similarly like the guidelines for indoor movie theaters.

The spacing would require a reconfiguration of the seating plan if the show went on as originally scheduled. General admission lawn seating would have to be monitored, with space between gathered show-goers.

All tickets previously purchased will be honored and transferred to the new date, according to the announcement. Those who cannot attend the new June 22 date may seek refunds by contacting the Blaisdell Center box office, at https://blaisdellcenter.com/ticket-refunds/ by Dec. 31, 2021.

New concert tickets may be purchased online beginning today (Sept.28) at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005AF0F1353054 or at the Blaisdell Box Office from Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (808) 768-5252.

Formally billed as the “Home in the Islands With Henry Kapono & Friends,”
the show will assemble an all-star lineup of Hawai‘i’s most iconic and emerging musical artists together, celebrating the soundtrack of Hawai‘i. Presumably, an updated roster of participants will be announced at a later date.

The event is a partial benefit for the Henry Kapono Foundation, with $1 from every ticket and a portion of the show’s proceeds, going toward helping the many musicians, stagehands, audio engineers, lighting technicians, and backstage crews that lost their jobs over the past 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ in third place again

The overnight ratings are in for Monday (Sept. 27) night TV, with numbers down from a week ago:

CBS’s “NCIS,” the mothership led by Mark Harmon in the franchise, was Monday (Sept. 27) night’s most-watched show, continuing to rule the airwaves. It drew 7.8 million viewers and a score of 0.7 in the key demographics between 18 and 49 years old.

NBC’s “The Voice” attracted 6.7 million viewers, placing second, but  led  the coveted demographics with a 0.95 rating.

CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i” newbie  was third again, pulling in  5.4 million viewers and a 0.5 demo. …

Jeremy Kama Hopkins

Virtual ukulele workshop

Jeremy Kama Hopkins will present “Nā Tutua Heleuī,” a one-hour virtual ukulele session, at 1 p.m. Hawaii time on Oct. 2. You can learn a Hawaiian Halloween song entitled “Nā Tutua Heleuī,” with lyrics and translation sent to you once you sign up by 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Fee is $25, with registration at Venmo @Jeremy-Hopkins-4 and on PayPal at paypal.me/kamakane73. The session also will provide simple ʻukulele chords. Type “Nā Tutua Heleuī” in a note at the time of registration; a confirmation will be sent to you. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


Former islander Janel Parrish, whose show biz career began when she played Little Cosette here and in Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” will co-star with Ryan Paevy in a Hallmark Christmas movie this coming holiday season.

But she’s not a Hallmark newbie; she previously starred in the rom-com channel’s flicks in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Janel Parrish

Of course, you remember her from “Pretty Little Liars” and “To All the Boys,” among other projects. …

A galactic Cinderella

Cinderella goes galactic in “Interstellar Cinderella,” a University of Hawaii Department of
Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre production next month.

The show, a Theatre for Young Audiences  (TYA) presentation, is based on an award-winning children’s book by the same name, authored by Deborah Underwood. In its Hawaii incarnation, the project will be directed by MFA candidate Taylor Bogan, who also will portray the reimagined heroine in a space adventure incorporating themes of science, courage, kindness and storytelling dreams.

It also will have a streaming element – staged virtually, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 – because of the prevailing pandemic.

Cinderella takes viewers into the 31st century; she is a space engineer seeking to revolutionize space travel with a new invention. Her prince stages a space parade and she sees it as an opportunity to demonstrate a hyper-warp speed engine. Of course, there is an evil stepmother in the mix.

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, military, UH faculty-staff, and non-UHM students; $5 students with valid UHM ID; visit  showtix4u.com/events/kennedytheatre.

Information: manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/ella.

A Jane Powell memory

I was saddened by the death Sept. 16 of Jane Powell, legendary star of stage and screen and one of the giants of the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. Sure, she was from another era, when film actors also were marvelous singers and dancers. She was 92.

Jane Powell

I recall going to see Elizabeth Taylor in the leading role in “The Little Foxes” on Broadway, and I was able to buy house seats, meaning res in prime orchestra locations.

While my wife and I were seated, who should come in the same row, but Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, who settled to the left of us. Then another Hollywood couple showed up and sat next to us to the right, Jane Powell and her hubby.  The four of ‘em headed backstage after the performance, to wish Liz well. I introduced myself to the celebs, before  we simply exited the theater in awe of the stars onstage and surrounding us. … and surprise! Wagner and Wood were on the same home-bound United flight, en route to an appearance at a Waikiki hotel, which, coincidentally I covered for the Honolulu Advertiser. …

And that’s Show Biz. …