Friday - April 21, 2006
Augie T.’s ‘Hawaiian Style Comedy
Show’ at the Esprit Lounge: It’s
never the same show twice
LAUGHS ARE a sure thing, no matter how many times you sit through a comedy show by Augie T. His Hawaiian Style Comedy Show at the Sheraton’s Esprit Lounge on Wednesday nights has already sold out 15 consecutive times. I’ve actually seen the show three times, but it’s never the same. There’s always new material, a new audience and new behind-the-scenes stuff. Last week proved no different as one of the ladies in the crowd left so ecstatic, she did cartwheels - except she wore a miniskirt and no skivvies. ... From comedy to music, there’s plenty to enjoy in Honolulu. In case you missed her last week, you still have seven more ops to see and hear the smooth styling of jazz diva Ginai. A recent MidWeek cover story subject, the songstress kicked off her Saturday concert series at Don Ho’s Island Grill. The intimate three-hour gig is sure to please. ...There’s more on the musical front with entertainer extra-ordinaire Aaron Sala. A music reception to remember honored Sala at the private residence of Kamehameha Schools head master and president Dr. Michael Chun and wife Bina.
After a blessing by the evening’s emcee and KS alum, Joe Recca, Sala performed every track on his Ka’upu Aloha CD for the 75 lucky folks invited. A full band made up of Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing (guitar), Shawn Pimental (guitar), Steve Jones (bass), Jeff Peterson (classical guitar), Jeff AuHoy (steel guitar) and kumu hula Snowbird Bento (vocals) entertained the crowd. Highlights of the evening were many! Among them, a cameo by Kaumakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka’ole, who performed a haku mele, and a piano masterpiece by Mahi Beamer to Nina Kealiiwahamana‘s beautiful voice, while Mahi’s cousin, Gaye Beamer, shared a hula. Other notables in attendance included Shirley Recca, Kihei de Silva, Natalie Ai Kamauu and her husband Iolani Kamauu, Les Ceballos, Julian Ako, Jon Osorio, Alika Neves and the Perkins siblings, Mike, Patti and Skye. ...There’s more on the musical front with the Hawaii Youth Symphony. HYS gave two world premieres at the Hawaii Theatre recently. Works composed by Takeo Kudo and 18-year-old Michael Foumai wowed the audience. Maestro Henry Miyamura and Compadres general manager Jim Wagner attended a post-concert reception to honor the composers. Wagner offered his congratulatory wishes and personally manned the bar to mix margaritas at the after-party. ...
The Makaha Sons also performed at the Hawaii Theatre this month as part of the venue’s Hana Hou! Hawaiian Music Series. Collectively entertaining for 30 years, Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko had the crowd laughing, clapping and literally swaying in their seats - four women sitting in front of us made hula-hand motions to a song or two. A couple of young stars joined the guys on stage - Hoku Zuttermeister and Barry Kimokeo each played original tunes that kept the audience ready for more. Kimokeo garnered a hana hou with his performance, and Zuttermeister pulled no stops with his amazing voice and ability to hold a note. ...
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