Vinyl records will likely be the center of attraction at Hungry Ear Records’ Hawaii Record Fair 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (June 1) at The Barn at SALT at Our Kakaako, 327 Keawe St.

And it’s the first time, since 2019, that Hungry Ear is scheduling its Record Fair, clearly one of the best events to acquire collectible music from all platforms.

Admission depends on time: $5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (children under 12 free), and $25 for early birds, from 9 to 10 a.m. It’s free, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Vendors and music fans will convene to buy, sell, and trade at the island’s largest assembly of music media, old and new, including vinyl records, compact discs, cassettes, stereo equipment, and music memorabilia.

“With the resurgence of physical media, primarily vinyl records, The Hawaii Record Fair is the perfect way for record collectors young and old to meet up with other like-minded music enthusiasts and have a chance to buy, sell or trade both classic and new vinyl records, from The Beatles to Taylor Swift all under one roof,” said Jim Williams, manager-buyer for Hungry Ear’s record fair.

He said the event will draw more than 30 sellers, with wares to sell in all physical music formats, including classic vinyl records now enjoying new appeal among collectors, compact discs, even  outdated cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, eight-track tapes, plus stereo equipment, and music memorabilia.

Like book sales, someone’s trash will be another one’s treasure, and with musical tastes ranging from rock to classical, from country to Hawaiian, the sky’s the limit.

Door Prizes donated by both local and national companies will be drawn throughout the day.

Ward Yamashita still is proprietor of Hungry Ear Records.

Information:, (808) 262-2175, email at

‘NCIS: Hawaii’ is pau, no reboot planned

Since the cancellation of “NCIS: Hawaii”  — which completed filming three seasons in the islands here – there’s been a myriad of disappointment, desperate hopes  of a relaunch, dismay about unfairness and even conspiracy theories.

The latest is a fruitless notion of snubbing “NCIS: Origins,” the prequel of the Mark Harmon  character Leroy Jethro Gibbs in his youthful and formative years, because it will occupy a slot on the “NCIS” season this fall.

The reality is nothing is forever in prime-time TV, but the dismissal of “Hawaii” was somewhat unexpected. The then-newest spinoff of the “NCIS” franchise seemed to be in the driver’s seat, when two CBS procedurals were not yet tapped for a return this hall.
“Hawaii” was one; the other was “S.W.A.T.,” which was canceled for maybe a week but strangely uncancelled, which became an indicator that our Pearl Harbor-based crimefighting team was not going to be around too much longer.

CBS authorities suggested production costs are high, and that’s true, when you shoot in Honolulu. Yet these budget watchers proceed to relaunch the popular duo from the original “NCIS” team, Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David (Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo), to star in their new, untested series, “NCIS: Tony and Ziva,” set to film in Europe, where production tariffs surely will costlier than Hawaii. The new show won’t be part of primetime but will screen on Paramount+ instead. Go figure.

Vanessa Lachey

Loyal “Hawaii” fans thought perhaps their beloved procedural could jump networks and move to NBC, like CBS’ “Magnum P.I.”  which was rescued for half-a-season. A similar path would have been impossible, since “Magnum” had six episodes in the can to fill a slot that NBC had. No such vacancy existed now, to try to do the same network jump, not without a back-up of shows in the can.

For Vanessa Lachey and cast, the cruelty is that the actors could not do a proper farewell show, simply because the final episode already was complete.

The ethical solution is for a new team of writers to create a new brand to film in the paradise we call Hawaii. OK, Lachey might be the cheerleader for something like this, but I’m certain her aloha is long gone for now…

Broadway grosses, for the week ending May 19

A host of new Broadway shows are joining the Top10.


1–“The Lion King,” $2,030 million.

 2–“Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” $1,965 million.

 3–“Hamilton,” $1,858 million.

 4–“Wicked,” $1,847 million.

5–“Merrily We Roll Along,” $1,582 million,

 6–“Hell’s Kitchen,” $1,557 million.

7–“MJ the Musical,” $1,523 million.

 8–“The Wiz,” $1,497 million.

 9–“The Great Gatsby,” $1,279 million.

10—”Aladdin,” $1,273 million.

The entire list, courtesy the Broadway Guild:

And that’s Show Biz…


  1. CBS replaced a series with ethnically diverse cast and first female lead in NCIS franchise history (who is also Asian American) with another white-male show…huhū!

  2. Good point; while the cast was racially mixed, CBS again and again looked the other way to hire non-locals with Asian-American-Polynesian roots but not residency. Only the original Jack Lord “Hawaii Five-0” had bona fide Hawaii actors to play secondary island roles. Think Kam Fong, Zulu, Al Harrington. Missed opportunities, again and again.

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