Jazz  — and live music — will bloom again at the Paradise Lounge of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, just outside of the resort’s Bali Restaurant.

After a New Year’s Eve trial run at the hotel, singer Shari Lynn and pianist Jim Howard will return to the site, presiding from  7 to 10 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month, beginning Feb. 4.

Shari Lynn

According to Shari, the format will  includes classics from the Great American Songbook catalogue and Broadway and show tunes, with the accent on jazz and standards.

There is no cover or minimum, but seating is limited.

Other acts will be recruited for other Fridays and Saturdays, as the hotel attempts to bring back live music to this venue. …

Jo Pruden

Meanwhile, Shari will be one of three actresses – the others are Jo Pruden and Eden Lee Murray – who will participate in “Murder, Margaret ad Me,” a Windward Reader’s Theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. next Monday through Wednesday (Jan. 23, 24 and 25), at the Brad Powell Theatre under the auspices of The Actors Group (TAG).

Eden Lee Murray

The program explores the friendship and relationships of Margaret Rutherford (who appeared as Miss Marple, in the author Agatha Christie’s film whodunnits).

Vanita Rae Smith, who has previously staged Readers Theatres shows at Richardson Theatre at Ft. Shafter and Pohai Nani in Kaneohe, will direct.

Tickets are $20. Call TAG at (808) 722-6941. …

‘Magnum’ will offer some skin

The red Ferrari, check.

The freeway races and chases, check.

The panoramic aerial shots of Hawaii’s mountain and ocean spectacles, check.

Perdita Weeks, Jay Hernandez

“Magnum P.I.” will return in an abbreviated season (fewer episodes) and on a new network (NBC now, since CBS said aloha).

Expect the usual, but anticipate a bit of skin between Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks). When we last saw ‘em in the CBS finale, Magnum and Higgins were clinched together and enjoying a bona fide romantic kiss. A new clip promoting the move to NBC, shared on Instagram, briefly shows the couple in the shower. Together.

Showrunner Eric Guggenheim has indicated that  viewers should expect a bit more romantic sizzle as the  relationship of the crime-fighting partners develops. “This season is sexier. It is more romantic, more emotional,” he said on on NBC’s Television Critics Assn. press tour.

Evidence: That  teaser in a new  preview of the two leads in the shower together.

The new season kicks off  at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, with back-to-back episodes. Thereafter, “Magnum” will occupy that 8 p.m. Sunday slot, with next-day streaming on Peacock. …

Roy’s: 35 and counting

Roy Yamaguchi

Chef Roy Yamaguchi is heading toward his 36th season at his flagship Roy’s Restaurant in Hawaii Kai, and his 35th anniversary celebration Thursday night (Jan. 19) had a “party like it’s 1988” theme.

A crew of former and current Roy’s exec chefs and chefs — Jackie Lau, Ronnie Nasuti, Chris Garnier, Lyndsey Simone and Isaiah Badua –prepared a bevy of treats and eats in a fab grazing party. Badua’s mochi crusted colossal shrimp, Lau’s seared U-10 diver scallops and Nasuti’s sous vide lamb loin were particular favorites.

The celebrants included vendors, patrons and fans past and present, and it was a joy to meet up again with Philip Shaw, the first manager at Roy’s, who now oversees Michel’s at the Colony Surf. …

Broadway grosses, for week ending Jan. 15

A couple of new leaders has emerged in the top seven roster of top Broadway attractions:

1 – “The Music Man,” $3.589 million.

2 – “The Phantom of the Opera,” $2.189 million.

3 – “Hamilton,” $2.078 million.

4—“Funny Girl,” $2.017 million.

5 – “Lion King,” $1.885 million.

6 – “A Beautiful Noise,” $1.184 million.

7 –“MJ,” $1.719 million.

The list is courtesy The Broadway League. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


  1. Aloha Wayne. Funeral services for David Kawika Crowley was held yesterday. I can send photos if you wish. Lyman Medeiros

  2. Happy New Year! Glad Magnum will be returning to NBC. Hope it makes out OK in it’s new time slot.. Congrats to Shari Lynn in her new gig at the Hilton. Nor sure if you knew him but we lost one of Philly’s great DJ’s last week, Jerry Blavat, He was 82. There will be a public viewing and mass next Saturday at one of the large churches in Center City but I am not able to go for the service.

    Aloha Dolores

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