Kudos to Irenio and Lilian Paulo, who recently marked their 70th wedding anniversary and 90 years of life together, in a celebration at the Kahaluu Pond on the windward side.

You know ‘em better as Rene and Akemi Paulo, veteran entertainers on the show biz scene at a time when talent mattered a lot. He’s always been a wizard on keyboards and she was his trusty sidekick singer.

Rene and Akemi Paulo

Their daughter, Kathy Paulo-Hirai, noted in a recent Facebook post, that the ‘ohana gathered to toast and reflect on their rich lives and contributions over the decades. This, of course, has always been a musical family, with the likes of Michael Paulo (a stellar jazz performer himself) among the clan carrying on the show biz franchise.

An astounding and inspiring photo recap of the hoopla is posted online. Though both Rene and Akemi now are part of the wheelchair generation, it’s quite obvious they are a picture of enduring life and love. Belated congrats to the couple, their kids and their grandkids. You don’t commonly find this kind of bonding. Oh, and a belated birthday shout-out to Rene, who just turned 91. …

Jerome Koko

A Makaha Christmas

Add the Makaha Sons, led by Jerome Koko, to the roster of acts staging a holiday concert.

“Makaha Kalikimaka” unfolds at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the Hawaii Theatre.

Guest acts will include Iolani and Natalie Ai Kamau’u, Marie Raquel Higa (aka Rocky Brown) and Robi Kahakalau.


And that’s Show Biz. …


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