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Theater Review: Elf The Musical

While driving to the Historic Iao Theater to catch the opening night of “Elf- The Musical,” there was Christmas music playing on the radio. Since it was only the day after Thanksgiving, it felt a little early, even for someone like myself who loves the holiday season. Nevertheless, while my turkey leftovers remain stacked high and won’t be consumed anytime …

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Get to know Olena Heu

Former news anchor, Miss Hawaii, freelance writer, entrepreneur and lover of the culinary arts Olena Heu joins the Maui Watch team as Food & Dining Editor.

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Who really is the number one radio station on Maui?

As many of you know, I’ve spent a decade of my life in radio broadcasting since the late 90’s. I’ve programmed local radio stations on Maui including Q103 (KNUQ-FM) and created Da Jam 98.3 (KJMD-FM) in 2002 and since then there was never any data published on the ranking of the radio stations in this market. I’m going to attempt …

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Meet Disney’s Hawaiian Princess From Mililani, Oahu

Like many little girls, Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu wanted to be a Disney princess. “From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress,” the 14-year-old recalls. But when Disney Animation began searching for a girl to voice the lead in its next princess movie Moana– about …

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VIDEO: Maui’s own Derick Sebastian performs National Anthem for LA Lakers Pre-Season game

Maui’s own Derick Sebastian delivered a stunning ukulele performance playing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers Pre-Season Game against the Utah Jazz! It all happened on Sunday October 4th, at the Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu. Derick says, “Much Love and Mahalo to you all for your love and support…Be Blessed!” Catch a glimpse of the performance with the …

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Maui resident auditions to be next Postmodern Jukebox vocalist

Maui’s own Kathryn Holtkamp has entered Postmodern Jukebox’s contest to find their next vocalist. 2C2C Entertainment created a video for her from her outstanding performance at their Vaudveille film shoot and now it has been shared and posted by Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox Facebook page. Congratulations Kathryn! We hope you win! Postmodern Jukebox is coming to Maui on …

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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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