Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - April 28, 2006

DUKE’S IN WAIKIKI offered a fresh catch of Mystical Fish on its menu last week in the form of Brother Noland‘s newest album - a spicy blend of contemporary island music with a dash of old Hawaii. Patrons of the beach restaurant and guests of the Mountain Apple Company’s CD release party for Noland enjoyed a sun-filled late afternoon with ample servings of ‘ono food (loved the quesadillas), refreshing drinks (a couple of my friends told me the Lava Flows were extra yummy) and the unique sound of everyone’s brother at his best. Folks there couldn’t help but comment on how Noland’s music sounds exactly the way the CD does!

What I learned is that unlike most albums recorded today, Mountain Apple’s Jon de Mello recorded Mystical Fish as if it were a live musical performance. With no more than three takes per song, they were able to complete more than 20 songs in just two nights! While at Duke’s, I chatted with Hawaii’s own fine art photographer Kim Taylor Reece and his beautiful wife Kanoe - they are two of the most genuinely kind people I know, they have big hearts and lots of aloha. Others enjoying the music included actress Elizabeth Lindsey, KCCN’s Billy V, Davey D and Mike Kelly, artist Patrick Ching and Buddy Bess of Bess Printing - BTW, Bess is publishing a biography of musical legend Iz, due out this summer! Mahalo to Mahie Murakami and the rest of the M.A. family - the kukui nut leis were a perfect touch! ... From Honolulu we go to New York City, where the fourth annual Pacifika New York Hawaiian Film Festival takes place on the weekend of May 19.

Kim Taylor Reece, Elizabeth Lindsey, Brother Noland and Billie V at Brother’s CD release party
Kim Taylor Reece, Elizabeth Lindsey, Brother Noland
and Billie V at Brother’s CD release party

The festival will open with the award-winning documentary Keepers of the Flame: The Cultural Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women, by author, film-maker and musician Eddie Kamae and produced by his wife, Myrna. The short bio-pic, Steven Mai’i, directed by Kaliko Palmeira, will also debut. Other docs making their first showing in New York are Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai`i’s Soul and Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero, both produced by Phil Arnone. Entertainer and kumu hula Manu Boyd has taught hula classes at the festival in the past. ... Congrats to my friend Maitland Mata’ele of Kailua, who recently won a cash prize while playing KCCN’s mystery DJ contest. He joins a list of other winners including Mike Gradle of Ewa Beach, who won more than $3,000! You can win too ... listen in to find out how! ... Dis N Dat show host Kutmaster Spaz is slated to emcee this year’s Hawaii Student Film Festival on May 13 at the Regal Cinema Dole Cannery. Spaz recently sealed a deal with Jasmine Trias in which he’ll tour with the young songstress as her DJ. ...

Speaking of deals, you can’t say the word without mentioning Howie Mandel! The Laugh Factory is bringing the host of NBC’s hit show Deal or No Deal to the Blaisdell Concert Hall for a single performance on Sunday, May 28. Mandel, originally on the bill for a May 6 performance, had to reschedule after a calendar conflict with NBC. If you haven’t tuned in to the show yet, do it! Cheering the contestants on while watching with friends is fun, but if you like fashion the way I do, then your fave part might be seeing the dress of the night. I already have the design of one in particular etched in my mind that I gotta have in my closet! Of course I’d have to tweak it - just a little. A girl can’t be wearing the same dress that 26 models already wore on national television. ...

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