Mele Kalikmaka!

Robert Cazimero’s the first to announce a round of Christmas shows…at Chef Chai’s, his sorta home base for a couple of years now.

Cazimero dropped the dates — Dec. 15 through 19 at Chai Chaowasaree’s restaurant — in a conversation when he guest-performed at Blue Note Hawaii over the weekend. Chef Chai’s becomes a sometimes nightclub, when the popular Hawaiian singer-pianist takes over at least once a month, for his ongoing Full Moon Concert. Next one is Sept. 19, so make plans to save a table.

Robert Cazimero

Christmas is Robert’s favorite holiday, and while the limited Chai’s space — cozy and hip — won’t allow for a line of hula dancers and halau crooners like in earlier Cazimero holiday spectacles in traditional showroom or nightclub venues in the past, he’s truly capable of filling the room with a bounty of festive yuletide and Hawaiian cheer even with a minimum of performing colleagues. After all, the spirit’s the thing..

With the surging pandemic, who knows if anyone else in any other venue, large or small, will venture to deck the halls with boughs of maile and share yuletide melodies and carols with an island undercurrent. The scaled-down barometer in place currently might mean fewer or smaller holiday concerts. However, if you’ve booked a show and can share the news, please advise, pronto. …

Akemi Paulo


While pianist Rene Paulo has been released from the hospital on the mainland, following his recent bout with COVID-19, sorry to to report that his wife Akemi Paulo, who used to sing while Rene played keyboards, now has caught the virus and is in quarantine. Rene and Akemi are the parents of jazz musician Michael Paulo and sister-singer Kathy Paulo, so offer prayers once again for a speedy recovery. …

Speaking of wellness: Horace Dudoit III of Ho’okena has weathered through his coronovirus isolation, and is back in the saddle again, performing in limited engagements. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


  1. so glad to find your show biz news pnce again…… its hard to believe a city like honolulu with so many folks looking for what and where the news paper does not cover entertainment…… welcome back to the fold……….. you have been missed

    1. You could catch a flight here … or not. This one won’t be the kind of spectacle Robert has been famous for. But it’s live, lovely and luminous–Robert at his piano, simple as that.

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