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WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 | 5 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT National Public Radio, and Sirius/XM Radio. He has also showcased at many comedy festivals and is a winner of the Great American Comedy Festival and Seattle Comedy Competition. As a comedian who performs squeaky clean, family friendly material, Apio has been performing in front of sell-out crowds in theaters across America, as the opening act for Brian Regan. Doors for the Jan. 6 show at My Bar open at 7 p.m. and Apio takes the stage at 8 p.m. The show, geared for those age 21 and above, will also feature Simon Kaufman, Anthony Silano and Jose Dynamite. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They can be purchased at My Bar, Oshia Surf and Matsuyama Food Mart, as well as online at brownpapertickets.com. Apio also performs Thursday at 8 p.m. at Hilo Town Tavern. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. ‘Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble’ offers New Year’s concerts Roland Maurer, also known as “Ohrlando,” and his wife, Ursula Hesse, will offer a pair of New Year’s concerts next week in North and South Kona. As part of the 2016-17 Chamber Music series, the two Swiss musicians will share a colorful bouquet of salon musique featuring waltzes, polkas, dances and more from the 19th and 20th centuries. Maurer plays oboe, bassoon and saxophone while Hesse plays piano. The first concert is 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Christ Church Episcopal’s Queen Emma Center in Kealakekua and the second will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 8 at a private residence in Kailua-Kona. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For reservation and directions, contact roland.maurer@gmx.ch or call 315-7666. Paint & Sip benefits Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s Paint & Sip event continues from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 with Rya Horne at Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse in Kailua- Kona. A majority of the proceeds from each $50 ticket benefits Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s Home Builder program, which works to create home ownership opportunities for low-income families in West Hawaii including a 10-home Blitz Build slated for September 2017. The event is limited to 25 people. Those who would prefer to not paint can just “sip” for $25. Info/tickets: habitatwesthawaii.org/ events. Concerts benefit Kahilu Theatre education programs Kahilu Theatre announces two Kahilu Gold Concerts to raise money for its Arts Ed @ Kahilu education programs. The concerts, held at exclusive and intimate off-site venues, will feature celebrated Hawaiian musicians Makana and John Cruz. The idea behind the fundraising concerts is to have exceptional artists performing in beautiful and intimate locales on Hawaii Island, providing eventgoers with an upscale and truly unique experience set against a backdrop of night skies, ocean breezes, and island-style living. Included the in the ticket price are heavy pupu and libations. This is the second season of Gold Concerts. Last season, the theater presented Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, Amy Hanaiaii and Dirty Cello. “The Kahilu Gold Concert series allows us to extend our reach to a new audience and bring attention to a resource people may not have even known existed,” said Deb Goodwin, executive director for Kahilu Theatre. The concerts also provide Kahilu Theatre with a platform to showcase its education programs, as students from the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes will perform routines during both concerts. The Makana Gold Concert will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. The John Cruz Gold Concert will take place at 6 p.m. on March 12. Tickets are $150 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre. org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office in Waimea from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. ➠ Continued from page 3 Roland Maurer, also known as “Ohrlando,” and his wife, Ursula Hesse, will offer a pair of New Year’s concerts next week in North and South Kona. COURTESY PHOTO/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Words and Wine slated Tuesday Amy M. Reade, Cindy Sample and Hank Wesselman will be featured during Kona Stories Book Shop’s monthly Words and Wine event at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Keauhou Shopping Center. Amy M. Reade, a recovering lawyer, lives in southern New Jersey and has been visiting the Aloha State every year since 1995 and plans to live on the Island of Hawaii when her kids are grown. She is the USA Today bestselling author of “Secrets of Hallstead House,” “The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor,” and “House of Hanging Jade” (set on the Island of Hawaii). She is currently working on book three of “The Malice Novels,” a series set in the United Kingdom. The first book in the series, “The House on Candlewick Lane,” will be released in February. Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island in “House of Hanging Jade.” She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. There, she is lulled into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade — an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life. Although Sample’s initial dream was to be a mystery writer, she put aside her literary longings for a weekly paycheck, landing a job as a receptionist. Her career eventually led to the position of CEO of a nationwide mortgage banking company. She is the author of “Dying for a Date,” “Dying for a Dance,” “Dying for a Daiquiri,” and “Dying for a Donut.” In “Dying for a Donut,” readers find Laurel McKay spending an autumn afternoon munching on caramel apples and cinnamon donuts. It’s a good thing her daughter Jenna has landed a seasonal job at Apple Tree Farm and Bakery. Then Laurel stumbles over the bakery owner coated in powdered sugar. Axel Thorson was a well-respected member of the community. Who wanted to sweeten him up? When the police arrest the heartthrob grandson of the bakery manager, Jenna decides to help him by solving the case herself, a move that lands her in jail. With Laurel’s detective honey in another state, and her octogenarian grandmother threatening to chase down the culprit, what’s a soccer mom with a sweet tooth to do but go undercover. Detecting among donuts should be a piece of cake, but not if Laurel discovers firsthand that sugar can kill you. Research paleoanthropologist Wesselman is one of those rare cutting-edge scientists who truly walks between the worlds. He did his undergraduate work and earned his master’s degree in zoology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to receive his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has spent much of his life living and working among traditional tribal peoples, primarily in Africa and Polynesia. Hank is also a shamanic student, practitioner and teacher, now in the 28th year of his apprenticeship. Continued on page 7 ➠


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