Artist Kaili Chun wins Cox Award for Excellence
Sculptor and conceptual artist Kaili Chun
, known for her large-scale installations addressing issues related to indigenous and native Hawaiian affairs, has been named recipient of the Catharine E.B. Cox
Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Chun has strong academic credentials. She is a Kamehameha graduate and earned a degree in architecture at Princeton. She received a Master's of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii. Besides Hawaii, her work has appeared in exhibitions in Washington, Alaska and Germany. Kaili was a dominant ocean swimmer from 1976-84 and was inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame last year. She is the daughter of Kamehameha Schools President Mike
and Bina Chun
. The Cox award is named after the Honolulu Academy of Arts' first director, an art teacher who served from 1927 to 1928 ...
Austrian stage and film star Gretl Schoerg died Jan. 4 in Vienna, shortly before turning 92. Schoerg starred in "The Flower of Hawaii" operetta. She also recorded the operetta in 1959. The operetta, which premiered in the 1930s, made many Europeans look to Hawaii as paradise and had them dreaming of visiting the isles. Two films were made of "The Flower of Hawaii," one starring Hawaii's touring Tau Moe family, according to Schoerg's friend Deni Lowe, who retired here. Schoerg came to Hawaii in the 1960s and stayed at the Royal. Later, she made other trips here to visit friends, Lowe said ...
Three Phantoms haunt Shanghai Bistro
Broadway at Shanghai Bistro has been successful, so keyboard player Don Conover
and cabaret performer Rex Nockengust
have expanded their show to two nights a week, Friday and Sunday. On Jan. 27 the Three Phantoms -- Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal
and Kevin Gray
and their accompanist Sue Anderson
-- will join in the singing as part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations. The "Phantom of the Opera" performers are here for shows at the Hawaii Theatre Jan. 26, 28 and 29 ... Daniel Dae Kim
, a key player on "Lost," is among four film stars featured in a six-page Porsche ad section in Vanity Fair's February issue. Congrats to Kim and the rest of the "Lost" crowd for winning the Golden Globe's Best TV Drama Series Award ...
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