Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - June 16, 2006
Angela Keen and Jake Shimabukuro at Side Street Inn
Angela Keen and Jake Shimabukuro at Side Street Inn

A FRENZY OF fresh “news” faces enjoyed a night on the town in the name of love. Guys and gals from KHNL News 8, KITV 4 and KGMB 9 got together to help kick-off morning anchor Angela Keen‘s walk down the aisle. Bachelorette party planners, Mahealani Richardson and Liz Chun started the group’s evening at Side Street Inn, where the entourage ran into Jake Shimabukuro. The ukulele master lost his voice while singing karaoke with Keen’s friends Cindy Paliracio, Beth Hillyer, Kristine Uyeno and Anthony Ferreira of KHNL. From Side Street, the ‘80s themed party continued with a stop at Rumours where radio dj Justin Cruz gave a shout out to the entire news party that also included KITV’s Caroline Sluyter, Jill Kuramoto and Justin Fujioka and KGMB producer Christie Young. A third stop, at Ocean’s would complete the evening ... From bachelorette to bride, Keen said “I do” in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The intimate ceremony was held at First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Guests then enjoyed a luau reception at the Golden Nugget where each received a real flower lei as hula dancers welcomed them. Keen and her husband Norm Tabije will honeymoon in Thailand ...

Las Vegas continues to prove itself as the place to be. The who’swho of music, movies and more walked the red carpet at TAO’s ultra lounge in the Venetian where the official launch party for BurnLounge, the world’s largest destination for digital music, movie and video downloads took place last Saturday. Our very own Island 98.5 radio guru Lanai Tabura talked business with BurnLounge investors Carson Daly, Bill Bellamy, MC Lyte, Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. A two-day seminar of sorts at Bali’s preceded the launch. Former American Idol finalist Justin Guarini hosted with other idols also in attendance. While there, Clear Channel Hawaii’s James Avis, Noh Foods president Raymond Noh and Kihei Cosier of hob-nobbed with some of Hollywood’s best, including Warner Bros. producer Mark Gill. Tabura told me that island sounds are well represented in the Burnlounge music catalog with tunes by Keali’i Reichel, C & K, Don Ho, Ho’onua and ‘Ekolu to name a few. He also said that music from Na Leo and others in the industry is coming soon. Local artists not registered with this musical fortress should contact Lanai at 620-4942 to get global distribution. Music lovers can visit to see and hear what the buzz is all about ... From one lounge, we visit another in Honolulu.

The O Lounge was a-buzzing with an array of sake and distilled delights in the form of Hawaii Awamori Spirits president Randy Kuba and Okinawa Awamori marketing director Eduardo Oyadomari. O Lounge owner Liz Hata-Watanabe kept the two busy as they sampled various uses of the rice wine that included a concoction mixed by Liana Shelby of Budweiser. Shelby added Spykes, a flavored malt beverage in hot chocolate, spicy mango and hot melons, to the Awamori, perhaps starting a new drink fad. Music by Coconut Joe set the night’s mood for other lounge-goers, Mark Inouye of First Hawaiian Bank, Warren Furuya of Ad Signs and the crew of KCCN FM 100, Bruce Nakamura, Michael Lowe, Annie Toledo and Roni Yamagata ...More on the music front with Henry Kapono‘s newest CD release, The Wild Hawaiian. Pure Hawaiian with a whole lot of extra like Kapono himself, this album packs an alternative hiphop flavor sure to please. The Wild-Hawaiian concert tour begins on July 8 at the Hawaii Theatre.

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