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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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Hawai’i Cinema Showcase: The Haumana (2013) and Get A Job (2011) at The MACC

A unique night of film is coming to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this week that film buffs and local art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss. Brian Kohne’s inaugural film event for his Hawaii Cinema motion picture production company will be a recurring event in 2015 and seeks to emphasize the recent output of local independent filmmakers, provide a definition for …

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Elf the Musical- A Primer for the Maui OnStage Production

Dear Santa, I don’t know how it happened, but every December, I watch “Elf.” I know, it’s not “A Christmas Story” or “Miracle on 34th St” or a true masterpiece like “Ernest Saves Christmas,” but there’s something about the story of Buddy the Elf that has me watching every year. It wasn’t always like this, as the 2003 Will Ferrell …

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