Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - February 10, 2006

Cans3 L-R: Candice (Can’s owner), KreyZ Oshiro, and Tiffany Asing (Can’s staff)
Cans3 L-R: Candice (Can’s owner), KreyZ Oshiro,
and Tiffany Asing (Can’s staff)

If can, go Can’s! Seems like the little place on Cooke Street packs in big crowds with big names. A quick look around and you might have thought you were at a pre-party for the Birthday Bash. In the booth on the left sat account exec, Brandi Barrett Namahoe and radio buds, Peter Agustin of Coconut Joe, Bruddah Bryan, KCCN FM 100 night-time jock, Bruddah Wade, another night guy-he’s on Hawaiian 105 KINE, Aron Dote, Krater 96 Promotions Manager and Tony Solis, host of OC 16’s, Eh, U Da Kine, Ah? The Cox crowd got together for a little pau hana time. I was lucky enough to bump into the gang. They are even more entertaining in person than on the air. Further inside, in one of the private rooms, I found another radio family, this one from the Dole Cannery. Hot 93.9 Wake Up Crew member, KreyZ Oshiro was there along with Island 98.5 Midday hottie, Tati. KreyZ insists that Can’s has the best kal-bi. If you think differently, he’ll pay for your order! Also there, program director Fred Rico, local sales manager Laurie Mizuno and promotions director Kamu Kanekoa. Joining them were former radio folks Chaz, Jon Ching, Sunny Lee-Oshiro and Geraldine G. Miguel.

More friends came in the form of dental hygienist, Jan Kawamoto and Coca-Cola Sales Manager, Kalei Lukela. No worries about any feuding between the competing radio groups- each kept to their own corners. Before leaving Can’s, I ran into a few of my fellow Kamehameha alum - Layne Goeas, Tiffany Asing and Kalalea Montgomery. Nice chatting with you guys - has it been 15 years already? BTW, Namahoe is also an exWarrior…In another part of town, you might’ve heard the beats of Ravi Drums, the Playboy Mansion percussion-ist & drummer of the stars! He entertained the crowd at the Pussycat Lounge with DJs YungJonCue, Jedi, Shawn G, & KT. In the Diamond Lounge (aka the white room) more beats by dj’s mikeyD, DeNovo of NYC, former W & original Pussycat Lounge resident, Jimmy James of Cali and former W resident & JuJu Beats on percussion. Hosting events that night at PCL in Fashion 45 was Star 101.9’s Maleko. He looked suave with his jet-black hair and complete black ensemble - loved the shirt! Want to know who Flash Hansen and Matty Boy are bringing in next? You’ll just have to check it out yourself every Friday ... Offering something For The Mature Mind at the W Hotel are promoters Charles, Roni & Peter of Artist Groove Network. They’re reeling in their own group of Waikiki night-lifers-about 400-with their new weekly venue. Guess black from head to toe is a staple. All three party men played it up in dark threads…Photographer extra-ordinaire, Russell Tanoue also knows how to pack in the party. He turned his Piranha Room at Ocean’s into the Garden of Eden. Actor John Lovitz made a stop there. Guest DJs from Las Vegas, Frankie of Studio 54 and R.O.B. from the Palms Hotel kept the crowd dancing all night long. Next PR hits Ocean’s on Feb. 25…

Cans L-R: Brandi Barrett Namahoe, Bruddah Bryan, Bruddah Wade, Peter Agustin at Can’s
Cans L-R: Brandi Barrett Namahoe, Bruddah
Bryan, Bruddah Wade, Peter Agustin at Can’s

Making their own guest appearances is Hawaii’s hottest ska band, Go Jimmy Go! They continue to move the nation with their rock-steady reggae vibes while on the Ska Brawl Tour. I talked with trombonist, Fernando Pacheco as the group traveled about the East Coast. He described their snow-covered van as a Tylenol capsule and said it’s so cold that his cereal bowl began to freeze up while he tried to eat his breakfast. The guys return to Honolulu next week, but not before performing in Michigan, Iowa, Georgia and Florida ... In New York, Jake Shimabukuro played the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks vs. Houston Rockets NBA game as part of Asian Heritage Day. The game aired nationally, but unfortunately, Jake’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner did not.

That’s OK, we still remember Conan! ... It’s official - Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona proclaimed Feb. 2 PBS Hawaii Day. The announcement came as the television broadcasting station makes 40 years in the biz ... More in TV with the TLC-Discovery show, Miami Ink. My friend for over two decades, Ulu Yee introduced me to the program and now I’m hooked! Making a recent appearance is our Island’s own traditional Hawaiian tattoo master, Keone Nunes. He turned a little church in Wai’anae into his inking station. Tune in and you’ll see Nunes at work on Miami Ink-ers Ami James and Chris Garver. MI’s production coordinator tried to get Duane “Dog” Chapman and his posse on the show, but time constraints and a busy schedule with his own Dog the Bounty Hunter on rival network A&E, made it impossible…

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