Borges doc­u­men­tary is in the run­ning for a re­gional Emmy

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“Jimmy Borges: A Life Story,” that splen­did doc­u­men­tary on the beloved jazz singer, is one of three spe­cials up for a re­gional Emmy Award in the his­toric/cul­tural cat­e­gory.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a June 3 gala in San Fran­cisco. Di­rec­tor Phil Arnone can’t at­tend, but Rick Blan­gia­rdi, GM of the Hawaii News Now brand com­pris­ing KGMB/KHNL/KFVE, will be on hand should the show win. HNN and KHON2 are vy­ing for Em­mys in sev­eral news cat­e­gories, with the former dom­i­nat­ing the isle bids. … Jimmy Borges also will be re­mem­bered and saluted when a name­plate — the lone lo­cal so hon­ored — is em­bed­ded in a ta­ble at the Blue Note Hawaii club at the Outrig­ger Waikiki Beach Re­sort.

The crooner never got a chance to per­form there, as he died of cancer May 30 at age 80 only a few months af­ter the nightspot opened. An A-list of his jazz/Waikiki peers, not yet named, will toast Borges in a spe­cial show. Stay tuned. …


A group of 65 mem­bers of the Con­sular Corps of Hawaii and their spouses as­sem­bled at Jack and Cha Thomp­son’s Port­lock home re­cently for a first-ever con­sular luau. Jack Thomp­son, aka Ti­hati, is a con­sul for the in­de­pen­dent state of Samoa, so he and wife Cha hosted a home-style bash of lo­cal kaukau and mele. Nina Keali‘iwa­hamana stopped by for two songs. The Thomp­son ohana shared hula and ser­e­nades. Grand­kids and kin like Joe Recca in­ter­preted melodies not com­monly heard in Waikiki, trans­lated by Misty Mok­i­hana

Tu­fono. This clas­sic Hawai­ian brew blew away as­so­ciate mem­ber Ray­mond Burghardt of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Tai­wan, and Swiss con­sul Hans Strasser, mark­ing a birth­day, got lei’d. “It was the real deal,” Cha said about the mood and man­ner, dif­fi­cult to repli­cate in a ho­tel ball­room. The fam­ily laid patches of fresh grass out­doors to cre­ate nat­u­ral car­pet­ing, rented party ta­bles and chairs, and lit luau torches. Mu­si­cians from the Pa­pakolea area of­fered kanikapila, prompt­ing guests to won­der why a hoopla like this hadn’t been staged be­fore. The start of a new con­sular tra­di­tion? …

Who ’n’ where

Loretta Ables Sayre, co-star­ring in “Thor­oughly Mod­ern Mil­lie” at the Good­speed The­atre in Con­necti­cut, is mak­ing her soft-shoe de­but. Di­rec­tor-chore­og­ra­pher De­nis Jones cre­ated a dance se­quence for the “South Pa­cific” Tony Award nom­i­nee de­spite her “I am not a dancer” stance.

“When I told (Di­a­mond Head The­atre’s) John Ram­page, I could hear him laugh all the way here,” she said. Since Jones’ chore­og­ra­phy for his pre­vi­ous show, “Hol­i­day Inn,” earned him a Tony nom­i­na­tion, Ables Sayre asked hubby David Sayre to bring a lei from Hawaii to honor him. …

The Glenn Can­non Foun­da­tion’s “A Lit­tle Bit of This … A Lit­tle Bit of That,” at 4 p.m. to­day at the Tem­ple Emanu-El sanc­tu­ary will toast the mem­ory of vet­eran di­rec­tor-ac­tor Glenn Can­non. Joyce Maltby will di­rect; troupers in­clude Shari Lynn, Buz Ten­nent, Kip Wil­born, Larry Bialock, Steve Kramer, Ernest Harada,

Becky Maltby, Don Pomes and Don Conover. Tick­ets: $20, 595-7521 or, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the To­rah fund. … And that’s “Show Biz.” …

Jimmy Borges

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