Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - June 09, 2006

Braddah Wade and Stephanie Lum at the Hoku Awards
Braddah Wade and Stephanie
Lum at the Hoku Awards

GORDON BIERSCH set the stage for the men of Maunalua who kicked off summer with a live musical performance at the Hawaiian 105 KINE Sunset Jam. The summerlong concert series attracted more than 100 folks who enjoyed the sounds of Kahi Kaonohi, Bobby Moderow Jr. and Bruce Spencer. The packed house had much to be pleased about as they got a second helping of good Hawaiian music when the members of Kapena took their turn under the spotlight. Kelly Boy Delima, along with his keiki Kapena and Kalena and other band mates, played crowd favorites including the Electric Slide. Even Maunalua couldn’t help but get on the “reggae train” as they joined the crowd on the dance floor to step and spin to the routine that everyone loves (but may not admit). If you missed this week, no worries, you have many more Sundays to spend time with on-air personalities Braddah Wade, Lei Namahoe or Randy Hudnall as they host new musical artists every week starting at 5:30 p.m. ... More on the Hawaiian music front with a note or two about the Hokus.

Yes, I know that you know who walked home with an award, so before I go any further, I just want to say congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! What you might not know, however, is what happened backstage just outside the Heineken Green Room (aka “VIP lounge” for artists, entertainers and the “you somebody” kind of people) when Jack Johnson stopped by. It looked like a scene from an E! red carpet segment, where flashes from the paparazzi blind the stars. Fans lined up with their digitals vying for a shot with the simply nice, unpretentious and very handsome (whoa) national recording artist. And there’s nothing like the sound of two local, manly braddahs screaming the name of another (that’s Jack Johnson!!!!) with pure, sincere excitement (sorry, Mau and Wade - I just had to say it). Johnson took the attention all in stride, chatting with a few and smiling for all. Inside the green room, the atmosphere was a little less “flashy” but not any less classy with host Stephanie Lum of K5 News at 9, Cox Radio general manager Mike Kelly and his staff, and Dave & Buster’s GM Matt Luckett. ... Speaking of VIP rooms, the Don Ho Show at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel spilled over with a who’s who of local folks recently. Gary Aiko, Kimo Kahoano, Wayne McQuen of the IRS and state director of taxation Kurt Kawafuchi joined other fans in the audience in a Tiny Bubbles sing-along. ... And what’s even more recent is the big-time celebrity performances at this year’s 50th State Fair. The multi-talented Raven Symone, star of the Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven, entertained last weekend after she visited the studio of Power 104.3 DJ and programming director KC of the Afternoon Block Party. While there, the singer/actress also spent time with other Power staffers, including account manager Shannon Okimoto and promotions manager Bryan Min. ...

This week’s final Blonde Highlight comes in the form of another kind of power. It is a power that brings forth a genuine Hawaiian spirit in the form of the Hokule’a and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. A musical tribute and fundraiser to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hokule’a is slated for July 8 at the Waikiki Shell. The husband-and-wife team of executive producers Yemun and Gloria Chung will bring the legendary Beach Boys to perform along with some of Hawaii’s best artists including Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Ken Makuakane and Lehua Heine of Na Leo. And you’ll read it here first, that the Hokule’a's next voyage is set for January 2007. Nainoa Thompson delayed an earlier voyage originally scheduled for April 26 of this year to take place after the tribute ...

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