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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SHOW BIZ
Catch Justin Young at Anna Bannana's

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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Local boy Justin Young, the singer-guitarist who has made key guest appearances in support of Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly"), will perform at 8 p.m. today at Anna Bannana's, 2440 S. Beretania St. You know him for such romantic fare as "My Eyes Adored You" and "Crazy Love." And you've seen him back up Caillat on MTV, on the "Today" show and on the "Tonight" show. ...

Ernie Cruz. Jr. is on tonight's bill, perhaps with a few other surprises. Hmmm, would Caillat stop by and guest-sing with Justin (who doesn't usually use his surname), inasmuch as she's here for today's noontime Na Lei Aloha Foundation "Diversity Harmony Peace: By Reaching Out to Others" event at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel, linked to the Hawai'i Lantern Floating Ceremony. ...

DATES TO CIRCLE: June 3 is the formal release date for the Blu-ray high-def version of "Kukahi: Keali'i Reichel Live in Concert," the stellar concert project augmented by beaucoup local visual images. ...

And June 1 is the CD release party date for Maunalua, the trio composed of Bruce Spencer, Bobby Moderow Jr. and Kahi Kaonohi at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Maunalua, new to the Mountain Apple Company, will also feature Kaukahi, Pilioha and Natalie Ai Kamau'u. ...

Renovations are under way at Roy's Restaurant in Hawai'i Kai, and a late June relaunch is planned. A grand reopening celebration will be held July 4 to benefit the Go for Broke organization, with a fireworks show across the way at Maunalua Bay. A Hawai'i Kai group has tapped Cha Thompson, a Portlock resident, to chair what will be the first of many Fourth of July celebrations. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Willie K will give two shows at Roosevelt High School Auditorium to help raise funds for the renovated campus facility. Performances will be at 6:30 p.m. July 25 and 26, with tickets at $24, $100 and $250. The top-tier seats are sold out, however. Call 595-3120. ...

Jack Bender, a frequent director on "Lost," will helm "The Prince of Motor City," a pilot that launches in June. It's about the Detroit car biz, with Hamlet overtones, according to Variety. ...

Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i, the halau of Kaha'i Topolinski, will host an after-parade party June 7, following the Kamehameha Day parade. The event, a masquerade party, will be at Rumours at the Ala Moana Hotel, with a clutch of folks performing, including Ku'uipo Kumukahi and Mihana Souza, and of course, there will be a hula presence. For tickets, call Carmen Haugen at 721-1082. ...

TRAVEL LOG: Jim Hutchison, veteran director-choreographer and Ballet Hawaii's tap teacher, is back from Seattle, where he directed Noel Coward's "Sail Away," an Equity production for the Kirkland Performing Arts "Showtunes" series. Which meant ex-pats, those ex-Islanders in the Pacific Northwest, showed up to reconnect with Hutch, including David Hughes, Judy Turner, Philip Floyd, Tony Curry and Kathleen Edwards and, from Portland, Linda Ryan. ...

Keith Haugen trekked to Kalaupapa recently for the first time in 34 years to perform at the 100th anniversary of St. Francis Church. To mark the milestone, he wrote and performed "Kiloi'ia" (which means discarded), dedicated to Father Damien and the 8,000 who lived (and died) at the remote Moloka'i peninsula, and also provided attendees with a program with Hawaiian lyrics and translation. ...

ManoaDNA (Lloyd, Nick and Alex Kawakami) will be pretty much home for the next month or so, before trekking back to Japan in July, August and September. But they do have a local watering hole to share their music Lulu's Surf Club, at Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues (the old second-floor Denny's). ...

SHOW BREEZES: If you only remember Jasmine Trias as the Hawai'i "American Idol" finalist, you may want to plan to catch her in a summertime gig in Waikiki. She will be guest-singing with the Society of Seven Las Vegas for six weeks, from June 20 through July 31, at the Main Showroom of the Outrigger Waikiki hotel, in kind of a replay of a run with Tony Ruivivar's "classic" SOS group last year at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Ruivivar coaxed her and mentored her into doing SOS-style impersonations, with charming results that have expanded Trias' breadth as an entertainer and built her confidence in the process. With the SOS LV, the players are different but the principles will remain the same, as Trias builds on her show savvy with material she previously never thought she could do. ...

Songstress Cheryl Bartlett has been singing jazz at the Honolulu Club, accompanied by David Yamasaki. And she's readying a music video, shot by indie filmmaker Michael Wurth. ...

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.