Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - April 07, 2006

THE HAWAII Theatre set the stage for an evening of Aloha, a tribute to Danny Kaleikini last Friday. The grand palace opened its curtains for a phenomenal night of feel-good entertainment, reminiscent of an era years past with some of the islands’ most-recognized individuals. Rene Paulo Sr.‘s magic hands moved effortlessly over the ivory keys of the piano, Gabe Baltazar let loose on sax, Cathy Foy and Nalani Olds sang out beautiful, playful tunes, Tony Conjugacion sealed the moment and Iva Kinimaka performed his He Aloha Mele.

A giant video screen showed a montage of Kaleikini’s spectacular career complete with a sports newscast with Russell Shimooka and a gorilla, a Wendy’s commercial with Karen Keawehawaii and messages of thanks and make-fun memories from friends Melveen Leed, Jimmy Borges and Kimo Kahoano. Those in attendance received more than your usual concert program - they walked away with a 48-page book on the ambassador of aloha’s career with many photos showcasing Kaniela at various ages with an original portrait of Kaleikini on the cover. ... For a stylish place to prance, prowl and strut your best dance self, visit Flash Hansen‘s and Matty Boy Hazelgrove‘s Pussy Cat Lounge Friday nights at Fashion 45. With the premiere of PCL in December, the guys have secured a hot spot in the Waikiki Trade Center attracting a highly fashionable and loyal clientele. Known by many, Flash is as great as the reputation that precedes him - high energy, high class and sincerely attentive. A definite blonde highlight! Making a stop at the lounge, two of Flash’s “very hot friends” (that’s a direct quote from Hansen), Erin Smith and Raena Cassidy. If you want to do the lounge in true rock star style, you can create your own VIP experience by contacting Flash or Matty Boy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...

U.S. Olympian Tony Benshoof made a recent stop at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Benshoof is just the first of several Olympians who’ll be staying at the Hilton in the coming weeks. ... Another kind of Olympian is Bela Karolyi, arguably one of the most successful coaches in the history of U.S. gymnastics. He landed in Honolulu this week to promote the 2006 Pacific Alliance Gymnastics Championships, April 13-15, which will feature some of the world’s best gymnasts. Karolyi’s famous students include Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton and Kerri Strug (I still get goose flesh just thinking about Strug’s incredible landing off the vault and the way Karolyi protectively scooped her up and carried her off the mat). Tickets to the PAG championships are available at the Neal Blaisdell Center box office, or by calling 877-750-4400. If you can’t be there, NBC sports will televise the competition April 16 at 4 p.m. The only Hawaii athlete set to compete in the games is U.S. junior trampo-line champion Nani Vercruyssen. ...

‘Star-Bulletin’ reporter Rod Antone and bride-to-be Maria Medina will tie the knot next month
‘Star-Bulletin’ reporter Rod Antone and bride-to-be
Maria Medina will tie the knot next month

A wedding highlight is coming to the Moana Surfrider next month. Star-Bulletin reporter Rod Antone and fiancée Maria Medina will wed there May 29. Antone and Medina took advantage of the website, Folks invited to the nuptials will see the couple’s custom stamp with their photo on the mailed envelopes ...

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