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Theater Review: Noises Off

“Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s classic stage comedy, has a premise that sounds simple but is extremely difficult to pull off. We watch six actors as they struggle to complete the rehearsal of a bawdy farce called “Nothing On.” Lloyd, the play’s director (who acknowledges that his offstage direction is akin to “the voice of God”) has had it up to …

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Theater Review: Evita

Theater can be an immersive, intimate experience. I was reminded of this during the opening scenes of “Evita,” which just opened at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, playing inside the Castle Theater. The lights fade to black and suddenly, a giant sized screen lowers and plays a black and white movie. Actors are scattered throughout the theater, in character …

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Returning to Evita- An Interview with Amy Hanaiali’i

In theater, you never get a second chance to watch a shooting star, or so I thought. While movies and books can be shared an infinite number of times amongst fans, great performances on stage come and go, never to be experienced again. I’ll never see, for example, Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones in what was regarded as the …

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Paradise Video- 34 Years of Serving Maui Movie Lovers

Movie rental stores have become rare, specialized, hip and as hard to find nationwide as a music store that sells vinyl. It’s 2015 and a Maui video store continues to be a successful mainstay in Kahului. This alone is newsworthy, as most video rental stores have gone the way of the VCR. Paradise Video isn’t the only movie rental store …

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Maui resident says goodbye to Skin Wars Show

SPOILER ALERT! Rachel said her goodbyes last week, but left us with some stories. Check it out! New episode of SKIN WARS NEXT Wednesday 9/8c on GSN. Television’s first-ever body painting competition show and GSN’s most watched original series ever, SKIN WARS seeks to find the most skillful, accomplished and versatile body painter in America. In its second season, twelve …

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Maui Film Festival 2015: A Recap

There really is no film festival like it, no equivalent in terms of the synergy of eclectic films exhibited and the community of film lovers it creates. The Maui Film Festival is a special, one-of-a-kind annual event for anyone and everyone that loves movies and seeks a new way to experience them. I first attended a decade ago, when the …

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Maui resident Caroline Absalom crowned Mrs. Hawaii

Maui’s own Caroline Absalom was crowned the new Mrs. Hawaii last night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Absalom is now preparing to compete in the Mrs. America pageant in Savastopol, Russia on September 26 of this year. The “Mrs. America Pageant” maintains a long standing tradition of recognizing “America’s greatest natural resource – the contemporary married woman.” Mrs. America …

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Maui native wins Hoku Award for graphic design

When people think of winning a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award he or she always think of the artist, but The Hoku’s also recognize people that are behind the scenes of making a great record. Along with artist awards, the Hoku’s have technical categories for the artists’ albums, these categories include: song writers, liner notes writers, graphic arts designers and recording studio …

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Maui shines at 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Maui represented well at the 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards last night at the Hawaii Convention Center. The big winner of the night was Keali’I Reichel winning in eight categories with his latest album “Kawaiokalena”. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Reichel’s personal wins included male vocalist of the year for the fifth time, favorite entertainer for the fourth …

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Theater Review: Brighton Beach Memoirs

There’s great satisfaction in seeing a well known artist reference their roots, their early days before they broke through. Watching Eugene, the hero of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” as he comments on his wonderfully nutty family and writes down his mother’s utterly quotable expressions, you smile at the knowledge that, yes, Simon likely did just that. His life experiences …

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