Archive for October, 2012

Halloween 3

October 28th, 2012

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More ideas! Just when you think you can't do anything more for Halloween, to quote a friend, "You can never do too much. Isn't that the point?" So ok, more ideas to put in your file or if you own a restaurant or bar or just love entertaining and decorating during holiday time... great! Here are some great images and ideas. My favorites are "Mashed Boo ta toes" and the "Bottle of Boos", a hand painted bottle lamp you can purchase on line at Enjoy!

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Tribute to Nino Rota

October 14th, 2012

Tribute to Nino Rota

This week I'd like to pay tribute to one of my favorite film composers, Nino Rota who worked with Fellini scoring a number of his feature films. I've always thought that Danny Elfman took inspiration from Rota for his Pee Wee Herman scores which are similar to those circus - like arrangements and instrumentation in such movie classics like "8 1/2" and "Amarcord", scored by Nino Rota long before he wrote the theme to Godfather I. Rota also scored La Dolce Vita, portions of Godfather II and other films that are considered classics. Enjoy!

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Singing Dog

October 12th, 2012

Singing Dog

Just for fun, every now and then I find an old movie clip and it's nice just to watch how they shot back then. And that certain things remain popular, like "stupid dog tricks". We all love them! Thanks again to the Pathe Library. Enjoy.

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October 4th, 2012

Revised and updated by John Berger. Available in Hawai‘i retail stores October 7, 2012

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George S. Kanahele published his monumental Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music.

In 2000, Dr. Kanehele asked veteran music critic John Berger to work with him on a second edition;
Dr. Kanahele died a few months later. It took John another twelve years to complete this updated, Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History.

There are biographies of musicians from every period of Hawaiian musical history—from Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and others, to the great 20th century composers. There are segments on chant, slack key, steel guitar, ‘ukulele, hīmeni, falsetto, Hawaiian orchestras, humor in Hawaiian music, radio, television, the recording industry, and more. Definitive essays tell the story of all the ancient and modern musical instruments, and the most important songs over the last 150 years.

Rare photographs are among the illustrations featuring singers, chanters, dancers, and instrumentalists who appear in a 64 page photo insert. Melody lines, chants, and rhythm patterns are illustrated by music notation. Available wherever books are sold in Hawai‘i, and direct from the Publisher: visit

About the Editors
George Hu‘eu Sanford Kanahele (1930-2000) was born in Kahuku in 1930, graduated from the Kamehameha School for Boys, and went on to earn his doctorate from Cornell University. A well-known educator, civic leader, cultural expert, author and entrepreneur, Dr. Kanahele was the founder and president of the Hawaiian Music Foundation, which contributed to shaping the Hawaiian Renaissance.

John Berger has been writing about music, theater and social events of all kinds for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly Honolulu Star-Bulletin) since 1988. He has covered entertainment in Honolulu for 40 years.

There will be book signings held all over the islands. If interested in purchasing this book, meeting John, and talking story (see below). Mutual Publishing: 808.732.1709.

Book Signings
Oct. 6, Queen Emma Summer Palace, Pali Hwy. 1 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 26, Hawaii Theatre, Raiatea Helm Concert, 7 p.m.
Nov. 16, Hawaii Theatre, Keola Beamer Concert, 7 p.m.
Nov. 24, Hawaii Theatre, Jake Shimabukuro Concert, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2, Louis Pohl Gallery First Friday, Bethel St. 5 - 7 p.m.
Nov. 3, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center, 1 p.m.
Nov. 25, Na Mea Native Books, Ward Center, 4 - 6 p.m.
Dec. 8, 9, Hawaii Theatre, Brothers Cazimero Concert (s) 7 p.m.

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Girls Rodeo & Movie Outdoors!

October 1st, 2012

Girls Rodeo & Movie Outdoors!

Come and join us! Kualoa Ranch's annual Country Fair. Girls Rodeo (8P30a-4p). Country Fair all day to 6p. Includes access to all their activities, lots of food booths, farmer's market, games for keiki, beer garden, live music with Dita Holifield and BBQ Dinner & a Movie 6p (Paniolo O Hawaii - Cowboys of the Far West). For more info call Kualoa Ranch. Support local merchants and farmers.Screen shot 2012-10-01 at 3.13.51 PM
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