Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - April 14, 2006

HONOLULU’S FINEST fire-fighters, police officers and lifeguards offered a different kind of public service last week Friday as they danced, swooned and stripped - well, sort of, most of them losing their shirts - all in the name of charity. The Ocean Club opened its doors for the fourth annual Burnin’Down the House Bachelor Auction, a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Hawaii affiliate. Event chairs Emi Hart and Juliet Lighter delivered another crowd-pleasing night to remember as hundreds of women screamed in hysterical delight at the tantalizing and playful pelvic taunts of each bachelor who took his place atop a small go-go dancer stage.

Star 101.9 Bizarro Morning Show co-host Hudson and firefighter and NRG-TV host Kala’i Miller acted as emcees and auctioneers. I had a chance to chat with HPD officer Eric Perkins, who started off the show as the first on the auction block. When asked why he wanted to participate, he answered, “It’s for a good cause, how can I not?” Well put, Eric! Keaala Pa was happy to claim Perkins as the winning bidder, but chose not to disclose the winning amount. BTW, Keaala is not misspelled; she actually thanked me for getting it right as I wrote it down.

Bachelor auction hosts Hudson, Kala‘i Miller and Juliet Lighter
Bachelor auction hosts Hudson, Kala‘i
Miller and Juliet Lighter

HPD officer Noel Petersen and federal fire-fighter and City and County para-medic Paul Gabriel also took a turn on stage. Gabriel’s winning bid amounted to $250, a gratuitous act from an anonymous bidder who would only disclose that she is from Kauai. Gabriel had women jumping in the air - literally - as he threw a number of FIRE T-shirts into the crazy crowd during his performance. While there, I spotted Komen staffer Marcy Thomas and Countdown Hawaii television host Olena Rubin among other auction supporters such as Tamra Porter, Patti Ponimoi, Alicia Lee, Janine Nako and Derin Derego. ... The Perry &
Morning Show continues to be a weekend staple for many with good food and great entertainment at John Dominis. Chaminade University took advantage of the show as it kicked off its alumni reunion. Highlights came in the form of many different faces including event chair Be-Jay Kodama, my former professor Dr.

Jude Yablonsky, CUH staff member Aunty Lori Lee, journalist Malia Zimmerman, DOE resource teacher Allan Silva, KSSK sales manager Patty Milburn and Hawaii Beyond Paradise host Kim Lehano. Crowd-pleasers included former CUH Silver Swords Frank DeLima, Jose Dynamite and Bruce Naluai. Naluai, one fourth of the group Vaihi, danced a hula for the crowd, accompanied by pals Peter Lakatani and Aaron Ka’onohi. Absent from the group was Braddah Sam,who is recovering from leg surgery. My prayers for a speedy recovery are with you, Sam. You can see and hear Vaihi live at Tiki’s Bar and Grill every Friday night. ...

Paul Gabriel, Eric Perkins and
Paul Gabriel, Eric Perkins and

There’s another kind of reunion coming up - this one for Kamehameha’s class of 1991. O Wai La and Hi-Risk Faktor will entertain the Warriors, who’ll have a chance to win door prizes and enjoy a night of fun and new memories. It’ll all happen on Friday, June 9, at the Hale Koa Hotel. Register before May 8 by calling Jodi Kaneaiakala-Shim at 306-4552. ... The Fil-Am Comedy Jam Part III comes to the Hawaiian Hut on Saturday, April 15. Get your laugh on with Island 98.5 morning jock Lanai, who returns as host. He’ll share the stage with comics Mel Cabang, Edwin San Juan, Joey Guila and Shawn Felipe. For more information, visit ... New music from Brother Noland will be available in stores next week. And you can catch him live as he performs songs from his latest release, Mystical Fish,April 20 at Borders Books & Music in Ward Centre. ... Mahalo to St. Francis PR manager Cheryl Tamura, who gave me a corrective blonde highlight. Penny Silva performed with Cathy Foy at the tribute concert for Danny Kaleikini last month, not Nalani Olds as was noted in the program. When I mentioned my error to my dad (my date that evening), he just looked at me in disbelief and said, “I told you - that’s Penny Silva and Cathy Foy singing.” I should have been listening. ...

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