Paula Fuga’s concert lights up the sky

Soulful Hawaiian singer Paula Fuga (pronounced Funga) gave a marvelous performance Sunday night at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for 70 of her Big Island fans. The outdoor event was the first live public presentation for the Kahilu Theatre since it paused shows back in early August due to high COVID case numbers.

Concert celebrates legacy of Kauikeaouli

Kamehameha Schools invites ‘ohana and friends to gather in the comfort of their own home for the streaming of the 20th annual “Tribute to Kamehameha III – A Birthday Celebration for Ka Lani Kauikeaouli.” This free ‘aha mele (concert) broadcast airs from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at www.ksbe.edu/kauikeaouli.

DMAC recognized by mayor

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth recently visited the Donkey Mill Art Center in Keauhou to tour the building and meet the Board of Directors and staff who shared information about the programs, exhibits and future plans for the organization.

Studying music during the pandemic and why it matters

Performing arts and music education has changed more than any other school subject as learning went virtual last year. With students returning to the classroom, practicing with classmates is challenging, and upcoming public concerts have been canceled.

3 new music releases to listen to right now

This week’s batch of Big Island music includes singles from Sarah Bethany, Kelly Hyde, and a full album from The Red Water Trio. All tracks are available to enjoy now on streaming platforms like Spotify.

In ‘Homeroom,’ an unprecedent school year caught on film

NEW YORK — Oakland filmmaker Peter Nicks had already made two well-regarded documentaries capturing the flawed institutions of his city and their role in shaping local lives: 2012’s “The Waiting Room,” about a public hospital, and 2017’s “The Force,” about the Oakland Police Department during a wave of shootings and protests.

An ever-changing entertainment scene

The decision was difficult to make, but in a recent Facebook post, Kahilu Theatre Executive Director Sara Neely announced the venue would be canceling its four-show run of “Matilda the Musical.”

‘Beauty and the Beast’ dazzles Hilo audiences

With a talented 60-member cast and three weeks of sold-out performances, the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” was just what Hilo’s Palace Theatre needed for a comeback after being closed for 16 months. The show also served as the inaugural production of the Palace’s newly created Youth Theatre Program.