Services for the esteemed pianist Rene Paulo will be held Feb. 25 at Inspire Church Mililani, at 95-061 Waimaku Drive.

Paulo, patriarch of a musical family, died Jan. 11 at Tripler Army Medical Center, surrounded by ‘ohana. He was 92.

Not surprisingly, the service to remember him and celebrate his prolific life as a night club owner, performer, and popular recording artist in his heyday, will be rich in memorieshwith familial reflections from his entertainment-industry children.

His surviving wife, Akemi, was his featured vocalist and their recording work complemented and fueled their nightlife career.

Rene Paulo

The family announced this service agenda:

  • Visitation, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Welcome, with emcee Al Waterson, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wake service, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which will include remembrances from his children: Gail-Anne Namerow (Rich), Charlene Paulo-Jubrail (Fadi), Michael Paulo (Terri), Rene Paulo Jr. (Laverne), and Vickie Tokujo (Roy).
  • Eulogy and Lions Club presentation, from 10:35 to 10:50 a.m.
  • Sermon by pastor Danny Yamashiro, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
  • A video tribute will be shown, noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Final viewing, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., followed by the closing of the casket..
  • Reception and open-mike musical tribute, 1 to 3 p.m.

Paulo’s fans acclaimed him as “Hawaiiʻs Favorite and Most Famous Pianist.” He studied  at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, so initially focused on classical music, but he expanded his artistic horizons by delving into jazz, pop, adult contemporary and local vibes. When he opened Opus One at the Ilikai Hotel, his singing wife was part of the attraction. His wider repertoire enabled him to gig in Las Vegas and his mentorship influenced his children to become entertainers, including jazz sensation Michal Paulo, with whom he frequently joined on stage. ….

Smooth like silk

Bruno Mars

Silk Sonic, the duo comprising Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, recently earned their second singles award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Silk Sonic’s “Smokin’ Out the Window” has been certified 2x multi-platinum with over two million equivalent units sold. It is the second double platinum single from the duo’s “An Evening With Silk Sonic” album.

Silk Sonic’s earlier RIAA award was for “Leave the Door Open,” their debut single, which earned four Grammy Awaras in 2022, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.  This grand slam is the reason Silk Sonic withdrew participation in the 2023 Grammys this past Sunday. …

Additions to Manoa Valley Theatre calendar

Manoa Valley Theatre has begun preliminary advanced ticket sales for its season subscribers for a new pair of special attractions.

Richard Chamberlain

The first is “Sometimes Love,” a staged reading of a new musical  by Mark Rabbettt, at 7:30 p.m. March 20, at MVT.

Rabbett and Jocelyn Fujii will be featured in the reading about a couple facing empowerment issues in a longtime relationship, who face challenges that come with breakup and makeup.

A celebrity element prevails, since the piece is directed by Richard Chamberlain, TV and film star, who is the director and narrator of “Sometimes Love.” Chamberlain gained famed on TV’s “Dr. Kildare” series and on two TV mini-series, “Shogun” and “The Thorn Birds.” mini-series.

The second new production is a summer bonus revival of Lisa Matsumoto’s “Once Upon One Noddah Time,” which will run June 29 to July 9 run at the Kaimuki High School auditorium.

The pidgin English musical, with Matsumoto’s beloved galaxy of fractured fairy tale characters, has remained a popular attraction for actors and audiences alike, cavorting in a kingdom dominated by the Wicked Queen and the Mean Mongoose.

Presale tickets for both shows require a password code, open now through March 1, after which sales will be open to the public.


And that’s Show Biz. …

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