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Tom Moffatt

Kahulanui, Teyana and more Entertainment

TIME FOR A kurta call … Honolulu Theatre for Youth kicks off its 60th anniversary season with the world premiere of Alvin Chan‘s A Bollywood Robin Hood. The classic English legend is presented in Bollywood style, and if it’s anything like their Korean Cinderella, it’ll be a hoot. Performances start this Friday and run through Sept. 20 at Tenney Theatre. For tickets and times, visit htyweb.org or call 839-9885 …

Big-band fans rejoice! Tommy Dorsey Orchestra presents “The King of Swing” this Saturday night, with a special tribute to Benny Goodman, Harry James, Artie Shaw and the legendary Frank Sinatra. Grammy-nominated Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui is special guest … 7:30 p.m. at Blaisdell Concert Hall, with tickets on sale at the Blaisdell and ticketmaster.com

Singer, actress and Adidas designer Teyana recently was spotted on a romantic vacation on Maui with her new squeeze Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks

Whether you’re an avid hiker or armchair enthusiast, pick up a copy of Denby Fawcett‘s new book Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide. The beautifully written book, with rare early photos, covers the history of Honolulu’s iconic landmark from the birth of the crater to the Crater Music Festivals and more. Destined to be a Hawaiian classic …

Some Hawaii trivia … Did you know that the first aloha shirts date back to the 1920s? Punahou graduate Ellery Chun is credited with establishing a thriving business and trademarked the term “Aloha Shirt.” In an excerpt from The Aloha Shirt: The Spirit of the Islands, Chun recalls, “There was no authentic Hawaiian material in those days, so I bought the most brilliant and gaudy Japanese kimono material, designed the shirts and had a tailor make a few dozen colorful short-sleeved shirts, which I displayed in the window with the sign ‘Hawaiian Shirts,’ and they sold remarkably well.” Though Chun trademarked the term “Aloha Shirt” in 1937, another famous “tailor” by the name of Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker was the first to actually use it in a 1935 print ad in the Honolulu Advertiser

This week in 1978: The First Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show, emceed by Krash Kealoha of radio station KCCN, is held before a soldl-out audience of 600 people at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom. Melveen Leed is the big winner of the night with four awards … Cecilio and Kapono and The Brothers Cazimero each win three, and Palani Vaughan pick up two. Fun fact: The phrase “Na Hoku Hanohano” translates to “The Stars of Distinction”…

And the No. 1 record is Three Time A Lady by The Commodores

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