It was a luncheon I’ll never forget. My wife Vi and I hosted Glenn Medeiros and Frank DeLima for a holiday lunch – and gabfest – a few days ago, since neither had seen the other in a coon’s age.
We love these two guys, and their pleasantries on and off stage, so we assembled at Gyotaku Niu Valley, for informal Japanese food.
Oh. What. Fun.
You do recall that Medeiros and DeLima worked together in Waikiki, at the Polynesian Palace, now long gone. Medeiros was a hot crooner with a national hit recording, and DeLima a presiding hottie himself, as the Prince of Portuguese comedy.
Glenn Medeiros and Frank DeLima: Brotherly bond.
Updates and factoids:
Current status: GM, president of Saint Louis School; FDL, on hiatus from his stand-up comedy and school tours of motivational talks via his student enrichment program.
Things I didn’t know: GM still hosts and sings at the Hale Koa’s luau shows four nights a week; FDL recently did a show for local clergy at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, appearing as his fictional Catholic character, Cardinal Vermicelli.
Claim to fame: GM, appeared on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” singing his national hit tune, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” on national television; FDL, a gig at The Noodle Shop triggered a recording/nightclub career that included hits like “Lucille” and “Waimea Lullaby.”
Little known fact: GM, besides his SL leadership, he’s teaching grad school courses for Chaminade University; FDL, has a dilemma, since his opu has grown, widening his girth so the Velcro on his sash/belt for his Pope’s outfit needs to be updated.
They share a bond of brotherhood: GM and FDL share a bond for life; they roar at each other’s jokes; the former recalls specific show moments (“if you make a mistake in a show, and the audience loves it, keep it in”) and FDL is like an older bro. And they are undeniably committed to Catholicism and education; FDL was a seminary student but opted to serve his mission in life as a comedian in his school of hearty laughter…
It’s again an open and shut restaurant climate in Hawaii Kai. At the Koko Marina Center, Heavenly is a newbie, next door to the earlier reopened Assaggio. And Fat Boy’s also has reopened its door after renovation.
But down the Kalanianaole Highway corridor, Scratch apparently can’t fight the low tide traffic, and will shut down at the end of the year, at the former Outback locale…
Robert Cazimero’s two Christmas concerts at the Leeward Community College Theatre featured a dancing dinosaur during the “Me and My Teddy Bear” sequence.
The kumu hula declined to reveal the identity of his halau member doing the frolicking dance moments, so we’ll tell you now, as an aftermath of the secret.
It was Kaipo Dudoit (pictured), son of Horace and Nani Dudoit, who also played the violin in the yule show.
Dudoit indeed is versatile – he sings, too, as all halau members do, too – but he’s also an actor, now awaiting a January production reboot, playing surfer dude David Kawena, in Disney’s live-action “Lilo and Stitch,” which had been halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike earlier this year and since resolved…
And that’s Show Biz…