Friday - January 24, 2006
Makani before his Locks of
Makani after the cut
holding his hair
The start of a new year can mean a world of change and possibilities. Just ask Island 98.5 jock Makani (aka Mike Tabura of KSSK and brother of Lanai). The used-to-be long-haired honey is donating his massive mane (18 inches) to the local chapter of Locks of Love. He says cutting his hair is a symbolic way to say goodbye to 2005, and he jokes, “Being a hair farmer doesn’t make a lot of money.” KDNN program director Fred Rico did the initial chop-chop live on the air, while stylist Sunny Lee-Oshiro worked her magic to clean up Fred’s dirty work. Fans watched the ceremonious event live thanks to Internet technology gurus Michael Kahikina and George Smith‘s “Hello World” video e-mail hookup. In-studio it was nothing but loud laughs from Island guys and gal Big Teeze, Marz, John James and Emmy, all on hand to lend “cracks” during the big cut ... Fellow Island jock, one of my favorite comics, Augie T. just returned from Vallejo, Calif., where he performed in front of a crowd of 300. The crew of Cobbs Comedy Club, one of the biggest comedy clubs in San Francisco, was in the audience.
They loved what they saw and invited Augie to come back to the Bay Area in June - he’ll perform at Cobbs for an entire week! Lucky for us, we have the funny guy all to ourselves for most of the year. You can see his Hawaiian Style Comedy show at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Esprit Lounge every Wednesday night. “Everybody loves Augie,” says Candice Kraughto, Sheraton’s PR manager. It’s true, more than 100 folks fill the lounge each week. It’s a family show complete with Augie’s brother Michael and stepdaughter Malia, who open with an entertaining Rock-AHula Baby dance. Also part of the show is Clear Channel senior account executive Jose Figueras, who moonlights as Jose Dynamite while Bodyworks television host Champ lends a hilarious hand on the mic as emcee ... More notes on the radio scene being made by Star 101.9’s Maleko. He just started podcasting with Flash, formerly of Wave Waikiki and the guy who puts on the Pussy Cat Lounge with fellow producer Matty Boy. You can listen to Maleko and Flash’s podcast at malekosroom.com. The Pussy Cat Lounge moves from Tuesday to Friday, and from the Wave to club Fashion 45. Go Jimmy Go‘s Fernando Pacheco aka the Love Machine says the club has spray guns on the dance floor to make it cooler while you’re sweating it out. Byron the Fur will take over as promotions director at Wave Waikiki ... Another traveling talent is Jake Shimabukuro, who’s back in the islands this weekend after two shows in California. He’s putting on a concert series at one of his favorite venues - the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Catch him there through Sunday ... KHNL’s morning news co-anchor Marvin Buenconsejo told us why Tom Moffatt is one of the reasons we’re lucky to live in Hawaii. The Pacific Showman is making waves at his book-signings around town. His book, The Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars , sold out of its 60 copies in less than an hour last week at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana ... And in the Feb. 8 issue of MidWeek he debuts his first column, “Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’”! ... Chef Sam Choy, Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, Buffalo Keaulana and other community leaders have made a book of their own. They’re sharing some of their personal recipes in the Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club Cookbook. Many mahalos to Ryan Mielke, Actus Lend Lease and Hickam Community Housing for making it possible.
Sales of the book will benefit programs for children in Hawaiian voyaging canoe programs. Get your copy by calling 696-2932 ... At Ala Moana, Hackfeld’s bar and restaurant in Macy’s hosted its loyal customers for the last time a week ago. Longtime patron Rick Ornellas of Mary Worrall Associates Inc. made a regular stop there for 20 years. “The sad thing is you won’t be able to find that same group of people in the same place again.” He adds that Dave the bartender is retiring, and because he won’t be serving his chilled beverages anymore, Rick will begin making a new stop with a new drink. You’ll find him sipping his double espresso at Barnes & Noble in Kahala, while thinking about the friendships made at Hackfeld’s ... More on friendships with KHNL’s morning news co-anchor Angela Keen. She talked with gal pal and former KGMB meteorologist Kuualoha Taylor. Kuualoha now goes by “Aloha Taylor.” The former Miss Hawaii moved from San Diego and is in Minneapolis doing weather for the WCCO-CBS morning show on the weekends. Angela says her good friend is married and is now expecting her first baby! Aloha joins two other KGMB alumnae who work in that same market - Jacqueline McLean and Lara Yamada. Baby Taylor is due on Saint Patrick’s Day ...
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