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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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Talk Story Maui debuts first web episode

MAUIWatch Food & Dining Editor Tara Lee debuts the first episode in her very own web series- Talk Story Maui. “Talk Story Maui” is a web series ABOUT Maui, FOR Maui. In this 1st episode, see one of the BEST food trucks on Maui, LIKE POKE and to hear about how Krystyn Aguinaldo is paving the way for change in …

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Review: Johnny Appleseed

When children’s theater is done right, it works for everyone and provides a means of sharing theater with kids in a meaningful, impactful way. The Maui Onstage Youth Program’s “Johnny Appleseed” is a real surprise, the kind of robust comedy I’d enjoy regardless but I especially appreciate as an example of theater created for a younger audience. Director Ricky Jones …

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Review: Annie Get Your Gun

Among the many pleasures of the Brian Swasey-directed production of “Annie Get Your Gun,” which opens tonight at the Historic Iao Theater, is hearing the music. Anyone who grew up loving musicals or catchy show tunes knows Irving Berlin’s score, which is served by the mighty vocals of a large cast. From the very opening number, “There’s No Business Like …

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Review: Next to Normal

The exciting thing about watching the David C. Johnston-directed “Next to Normal” is the realization it brought me in the establishing minutes: this is something we truly haven’t seen before. We meet the Goodman family over breakfast, where Dan (played by Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos) and his wife, Diana (played by Alison Aldcroft) are playfully, openly discussing their sex life. Their kids, …

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Brooks Maguire: The MAUIWatch Interview

During my conversation with Brooks Maguire, in which he summarized his amazing career and recalled pivotal connections made, I was struck by his unforced humility. Maguire’s long, remarkable journey as a passionate musician, professional performer and recording artist is full of opportunities to name drop and aggrandize, but Maguire’s soft spoken way of recalling the past reveals a man who …

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Review: Elf The Musical

Before the curtain fell during the first act, signaling an intermission, I became aware that my jaw was tired from smiling so much. I had a grin that lasted most of the running time of “Elf The Musical,” the wonderful new show playing at The Historic Iao Theate, just in time for the holiday season. Both a faithful re-telling of …

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