The pandemic has sidelined many entertainers, for obvious reasons – many clubs statewide have not been retaining performers largely because patrons have not been plentiful.

But for Brittni Paiva, the 33-year-old Big Island ukulele whiz, the past two years –embracing the coronavirus lockdowns — have had a profound impact in her life..

Brittni Paiva

In a Facebook post, Paiva revealed her triumph amid challenges.

“In a little over two years, I went from alcoholic and drug addict, to now sober and moving to Los Angeles to actually live my dream. I’m pretty damn proud of how far I’ve come.”

In her prime and while living in Hilo, Paiva became one of the Big Island’s favorite troupers, collecting awards from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, the Hawaii Music Awards, and the Big Island Music Awards.

Her last album was “Tell U What.”

Paiva has not disclosed what her “dream” in L.A. entails, or whether she will resume her career as a multi-talented ukulele artist. While she was a piano-trained musician, picking up the four-stringed uke was a life changer. As she has said, it was “love at first touch.”

Whatever her path, we wish her well in the next chapter of her life. …

Monday night TV

Monday night’s TV viewership had the usual 1-2-3  leaders, though numbers were slightly less than previous weeks.

Mark Harmon


  • CBS’s “NCIS,” attracted the most viewers, 7.6 million, with a 0.6  in the 18 to 49 year-old demographics.
  • NBC’s “The Voice,” drew an audience of 7.2 million, with a 0.9 rating in the age-accented demos.
  • CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” with 5.4 million viewers, logged a 0.4 demo rating.

Storylines may sway and tilt the scale, and a rotating door of actors may exit and enter, but the mothership ”NCIS” — with Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs — concluded last night with a surprising show-closer: a glimpse of a tombstone with his name and birthdate, with a blank place for a death date.

Was that merely a teaser, or a preview of what’s to come? Gary Cole, meanwhile, is now a regular as special agent Alden Park, a buttinski who seems to be the logical lead agent, should Gibbs terminate by choice or by script.

Further, with the “Hawai‘i” spin-off still a work-in-progress and in see-saw mode, it may be the right-show-in-the-right-time savior for the NCIS brand. Simply, it could emerge as this season’s newbie with the best chance of becoming the first of this year’s crop to be rewarded with a second-season pickup, even with its No. 3 ranking. It boasts behind-the-sceners from the cancelled “NCIS: New Orleans” eager to make this one last. …

Stay tuned. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


  1. Didn’t know either, but the pandemic put a blur on many folks. Brittni is, without doubt, a talented musician … hope she rediscovers her old self in her move to L.A.

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