Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - June 23, 2006

THIRTY YEARS OF musical grandeur enveloped the Blaisdell Arena last weekend as the Makaha Sons - Moon Kauakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko - celebrated three decades of global entertainment. One by one, an all-star lineup of longtime friends and fellow music greats took the stage. Fans heard from Grammy award-winner Daniel Ho and Herb Ohta Jr., Na Kama, 2006 Na Hoku female vocalist of the year Natalie Ai Kamau’u and husband I’o, The Brothers Cazimero, Ho’okena, Hoku Zuttermeister, Hapa, Mark Ho’omalu, Chinky Mahoe and Hula Halau Kawaili’ula, Fiji, Aunty Genoa Keawe and Barry Kimokeo.

Highlights included an impromptu hula by Manu Boyd and one of his haumana while the Brothers sang an upbeat number that Robert dedicated to all dancers - “the good ones as well as the not-so-good ones.” Keawe could be in the Guinness Book of World Records - if she isn’t already - as the person who can hold a musical note the longest. I’m talking 29 seconds! Yes, I counted. Aunty held other notes for 21 seconds and then 23. Of course, it all could have been longer - remember, I used my very unscientific counting method here. The more she sang, the stronger her voice became. When her granddaughter joined her on stage for a short medley of songs, that’s when Aunty did her thing for almost half a minute! The crowd went nuts! In fact, I just had to check out the Guinness website, but I didn’t find any such record (yet). ...

Makaha Sons: John, Jerome and Moon
Makaha Sons: John, Jerome
and Moon

While most families might have honored their dads by recognizing everything they do, Cox Radio approached Father’s Day a little differently when they crowned Hawaii’s laziest father at the Better Home Show. Wastepaper basketball, a plastic baby diaper change, a puzzle and a phonebook search were no problem for winner John Landry Smith of Mililani, who completed all four tasks in 1 minute, 2 seconds while sitting in a Lazy-Boy recliner to beat out the other dads. Smith took home his competitive chair and some paint along with the title. ... The Red Elephant Café on Bethel is buzzing with art and talent. Comedian Jose Dynamite is among a list of Tuesday night improv and entertainment slated throughout the month. You’ll know Jose from Augie T.‘s comedy show at the Sheraton Waikiki, which by the way, is ongoing twice a week during the summer! ...

There’s more musical entertainment around town every Friday with K5 and Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights. B.E.T. moved the crowd on the rooftop of Dave & Buster’s last week while diehard fans sang along. This Friday, it’s Raiatea Helm at Honolulu Hale, and next month we get to see and hear from Ho’onua at D&B and Son Caribe at the Mai Tai Bar ...

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