December 17, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
With so many Nutcracker productions on Oahu this weekend, know that Hawaii Ballet Theatre’s version at Leeward Community College has 36 performers from Kaneohe and Kailua (456-8100) ... In their year-plus run at Kailua’s Big City Diner, the Saloon Pilots never had to cancel a gig until Nov. 21 (because of very many raindrops). As fiddle player Lesley Kline said, “There’s nothing cute about electrocution.” They will try again this Friday ... Kailua actor Tony Young (recently of Manoa Valley Theatre’s Rocky Horror Show fame), will soon be on stage for MVT’s Gutenberg! The Musical!, opening Jan. 14 (988-6131) ...
Kaneohe couple Dexter Doi and Carol D’Angelo are selling eco-friendly, artistically designed tote bags (371-4366) ... Suntech Hawaii has hired Gabriel Chong as project engineer of the Kailua-based renewable energy company. Gabriel will oversee installations from start to finish ... Though they’ve already settled in chilly Cincinnati, Kaneohe dramatists Mark Lutwak and YYork have both garnered more awards for work while here. Mark was among the individual honorees by Bamboo Ridge Press recently for his work to promote local writers though HPR’s Aloha Shorts. And Y received the 2008 Smith Prize from the National New Play Network for her latest play, ... and L.A. is Burning. Her share of the prize - $2,500 - she’s donating back “so that another playwright can be so honored in 2009” ... Look up at the Kaneohe hillside and you’ll see Pohai Nani “tree” lights again. The custodial staff has been mounting the huge project for 21 years now. The seven-story display goes on and off by timers, says maintenance worker Tommy Padeken ...
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