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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beach Boys heading to surf city our city

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

Mike Love

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Bruce Johnston

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Jordan Segundo

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Marek Lieberberg

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FUN, FUN, FUN: The Beach Boys, perennial fun-in-the-sun music-makers, return to the Islands for a concert at 8 p.m. July 8 at the Waikiki Shell. Led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, the show will salute the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its Hokule'a crew for 30 years of historic voyaging in the Pacific.

The band (minus founder Brian Wilson, who no longer tours) will revive classics such as "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfer Girl," "Good Vibrations," "409," "California Girls," "Kokomo," "I Get Around," "Sloop John B" and "Little Deuce Coupe."

Gates open at 4 p.m. for picnicking. And before the Beach Boys, "A Musical Tribute to Hokule'a" program produced by Tihati Productions with kokua from Nainoa Thompson, one of the prime navigators of the voyaging canoe will showcase local performers doing Hokule'a-related tunes. Crew members, founders and principals in the history of Hokule'a will be remembered and honored.

Premium seating at 10 per table in the pool zone will be sold by the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Other tickets $75 for lower terrace, $55 for upper terrace, $25 for lawn go on sale May 20 at the Blaisdell Center box office and Ticketmaster locations, including Times Super Markets, at www.ticketmaster.com or (877) 750-4400. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: John Rampage, artistic director at Diamond Head Theatre, is taking the Shooting Stars, the theater's junior actors, singers and dancers, to the Big Apple next April. The aspiring group will sightsee and take in two Broadway shows and a performance (venue and date to be determined). So DHT needs to raise $25,000 to offset costs so all 45 youngsters can go. Parents and supporters also want to make the trek, so there's some frantic brainstorming and date-checking to see if this will be possible all while rehearsals are under way for "La Cage aux Folles," opening May 19. Deena Dray, DHT managing director, tried to schedule a November adult visit, but no way they want to go when their kids are there. Stay tuned. ...

Colin Miyamoto, a waiter at Romano's Macaroni Grill, was working at lunch the other day when his "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" musical director, Judy Yoshioka, stopped by to celebrate her birthday. (They toiled together earlier on the DHT musical). So he serenaded Yoshioka in Italian and, at the next table, did "The Drinking Song" from "La Traviata" for KHNL's Roz Makaula and KCCN's Brandi Namahoe. ...

Krater 96's Sista Sherry hosts tomorrow's launch of LUXi, a boutique of high-end Nike gear for women, on the third level tomorrow at Ala Moana Center. It's a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. ...

TRAVEL LOG: Jordan Segundo is off to Jersey City and New York City this week to perform with Philippines star Vina Morales. On May 20, he'll concertize with "American Idol" contestants Jasmine Trias, Camile Velasco and Sway. In June, he begins rehearsals for Hawaii Opera Theatre's "The King and I," in the role of Lun Tha. ...

When Marek Lieberberg, the entrepreneur who has staged The Eagles, Motley Crue, Celine Dion and Ricky Martin in the Islands, marked his 60th birthday May 7 in Venice, the entertainers included Maui's Barefoot Natives, the duo of Willie K and Eric Gilliom. ...

Localite Matt Yee performed on the inaugural cruise of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Sea, a vessel even larger than the QM2, which has already paused in Hamburg, Oslo and Southampton. Yee earned a write-up in the Daily Mail. After a pause in New York, where the ship was anchored near the Statue of Liberty, he's touring the East Coast, from Boston to Miami. ...

Belated orchids to Honolulu director-choreographer Brad Powell, who earned a Global Arts Award from Dance Excellence in Los Angeles recently. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Show Biz is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reach Wayne Harada at 525-8067, wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 525-8055.