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Theater Review: The Frog Prince

Derek Nakagawa’s production of “The Frog Prince” at the ProArts Theater in Kihei is the kind of show that works perfectly for its audience of wide-eyed keiki and their parents. This is children’s theater done right and with real affection. Nakagawa wrote and directs this witty “fractured fairy tale,” which is stuffed with laughs and flies by at a nearly …

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Theater Review: My Three Angels

Francis Tau’a’s production of “My Three Angels,” which just opened at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei, might just be the most unusual yuletide stage comedy of the season. It stars Jim Oxborrow, Mark Levine and Orion Milligan as Joseph, Jules and Alfred (respectively), three convicts who are assigned to fix the roof of the Ducotel General Store, which is in …

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Theater Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Early into “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” the David Kaye-directed production at the Historic Iao Theater, Sara Jelley (playing Truly Scrumptious) makes her entrance by riding down the theater aisle onto the stage. Sure, she’s on a bike that’s supposed to be standing in for a motorcycle, but it’s a moment that signals what’s to come. Namely, much more showmanship and …

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Former Maui Resident Jim Nabors Has Died

Jim Nabors, a comic actor who found fame in the role of the amiable bumpkin Gomer Pyle in two hit television shows of the 1960s while pursuing a second career as a popular singer with a booming baritone voice, died on Thursday at his home in Honolulu. He was 87. He spent much of his later years in Hawaii, where …

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Theater Review: The Wanna-Be Gentleman

Moliere’s comedies are so rarely produced on stage locally, let alone in most community theaters, that it’s a treat when the opportunity arrives to see them on stage. If you’ve never seen one of Moliere’s comedies or only experienced them when force fed in a college course (which was my unfortunate introduction to the man and his work), then the …

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Lahaina Gateway and the Maui Food Bank present HOLIDAY BINGO BASH

Lahaina Gateway invites you to celebrate the holiday season with us at our HOLIDAY BINGO BASH on December 13th, Wednesday, 6-8pm in Suite F101 (closest to Island Cream). MAUI FOOD BANK will be joining us to collect non-perishable food item donations only as admission to this community event (no monetary donation will be accepted during this event). The mission of …

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PHOTOS: 2017 HALLOWEEN ON FRONT STREET

October 31, 2017 was another well attended Halloween event held in Maui on Front Street which kicked off the annual Keiki Parade at 4:30 pm. Participants walked on Front Street from Papalua Street toward the Banyan Tree Park. Attendance of tourist were way up from last year. So who made the pick this year? Here are the photos of last …

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Theater Review: Harvey

In the introductory moments of “Harvey,” , we’re immediately aware that something is wrong with Elwood P. Dowd, the gentle soul played by Michael Pulliam. While Elwood is especially agreeable, displays excellent manners and is a generous conversationalist, he keeps referring to his invisible friend, who he refers to as “Harvey.” Without spoiling the surprise (especially for those unfamiliar with …

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Theater Review: The Elephant Man

The first time I ever heard of John Merrick, the so-called “Elephant Man,” it was through a rumor involving Michael Jackson. At some point in the late 1980’s, when Jackson was the undisputed “King of Pop” and probably the most beloved entertainer in the world, a report surfaced that he purchased Merrick’s bones. Why? Allegedly because of how Jackson empathized …

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Theater Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

As the audience walks into the Maui Arts and Cultural Center theater and takes their seat, a robed choir sits silently nearby, and a massive set piece is visible on stage, with actors giving it maintenance. There’s a pair of towering church bells (which occasionally rock back and forth) in four balcony seats above them. The audience is instantly immersed …

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