Waimea chef releases new cookbook with simple, local-style dishes

It’s been a decade since Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona was, at 23, the youngest competitor on “Food Network Star,” winning fans with his flowing locks, since shorn, and easy smile, which he still possesses. He went deep into the competition, a mere episode from the finals.

‘Stanley plays Jimi’ back by popular demand

Blue Bear Hawaii presents world-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan who has developed a new live tribute to Jimi Hendrix dubbed “Stanley Plays Jimi,” and its coming to the Palace Theater in Hilo on June 3.

Waimea Community Chorus salutes Broadway’s return

Last Saturday, there was a dual celebration concert at the Kahilu Theatre, for the Waimea Community Chorus (WCC), which will soon have its 30-year anniversary, and for Broadway, which has re-opened with a bevy of new shows and old favorites.

Taimane rips and roars with entrancing set

It’s been three years since ukulele virtuoso Taimane has graced the Kahilu Theatre’s stage, and Waimea welcomed her back last Saturday with a warm round of cheers and applause. She took the opportunity to debut new material from her upcoming album “Hawaiki” and revisited some classics that are always crowd favorites.

The Spinners roll out retro R&B show

In many ways, last Sunday’s Spinners concert at the Kahilu Theatre felt like a throwback to the “old days.” Ushers hustled folks to their seats minutes before showtime. The bar in the lobby reopened. And recent pandemic capacity restrictions were lifted, which enabled the venue to sell out, an event that hasn’t happened in over two years.

Lassiter releases new album

Christy Leina’ala Lassiter announces the release of a new album of traditional Hawaiian hula songs. The album is titled “Kou Lima Nani E,” which means “your beautiful hands.” She is accompanied by Big island musicians Jj Ahuna, Kyle Kaaa and Dwight Tokumoto.

Art contest winners announced

The Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona recently hosted its third semi-annual art contest for the Kealakehe Intermediate School’s Art program.

Dr. Jaggar returns to Volcano

After a two-year hiatus, Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network (KDEN) is pleased to announce that the Living History Program “A Walk into the Past” with Dr. Jaggar is returning to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting today.

Best of Kona Fest draws crowd

After a two-year pandemic pause, the Best of Kona Fest, in its second offering, returned for a day of celebration last Saturday. Boasting a wide array of the area’s food and fashion, live music was the main feature for some 400 people who attended the event on the oceanfront lawn at the Kona Inn Shopping Village.

New Big Island music releases to listen to

This week’s batch of Big Island music includes new singles from Hero Alea, David Williamson &Sonni Shine, and Blaire. All tracks are available to enjoy now on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp.