Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - June 30, 2006

Folks from the Cox Radio group at the Sunset Jam (from left) Benita Hampton, Yvonne Hobbs, Brandi 'Lei' Namahoe, Ryan Segawa and Braddah Wade Faildo
Folks from the Cox Radio group at the Sunset Jam (from
left) Benita Hampton, Yvonne Hobbs, Brandi “Lei” Namahoe,
Ryan Segawa and Braddah Wade Faildo

NOT JUST “BRADDAHS,” but brothers - literally! In life and on the mic, Makani and Lanai Tabura from Island 98.5 are the real deal - which seemed to be the news and the talk among the tens of thousands who grazed at the 15th annual Taste of Honolulu, a benefit for Easter Seals Hawaii. The men heard on the radio made their first Taste television appearance together last weekend. Time and schedules have kept the two apart from the annual food fest, but this year that changed and folks had the op to meet and greet (and, uh, comment) on the validity of their relationship. Makani and Lanai told me that every other person looked at them and asked, “You guys for real?” No worries - I understand! If my brother Walter and I had a dollar for every time we’ve been asked that question, our whole family would be on a long vacation. And, of course, always the comical, but matter-of-fact personality that he is, Lanai answered, “Yes, we both came out of the same vagina.” TMJ, LOL! Now that’s leaving nothing to question! Coming up next month, Makani hostsYellowman in concert on July 6 and then does his thing with the mic in the ring at Punishment in Paradise July 21 at Dole Cannery. Meanwhile, Lanai makes a trip to Japan - more on his trip next week. ...

With “breaking” news out of the way, a few other names I kept hearing among the buzz at the Taste were those of Easter Seals Hawaii president and CEO John Howell, vice president, public affairs Billie Gabriel, commentators Shari Shima, Howard DashefskyMarvin Buenconsejo, Russell Yamanoha and Taste veterans Sweetie Pacarro and Don Robbs. This group of talent kept the show going with some of the islands’best entertainers including Rolando Sanchez, Raiatea Helm, Touch of Gold, Dita Holifield, Keahiwai, and fun cook-offs - did you see the battle royal between KHNL general manager John Fink and KGMB general manager Rick Blangiardi? Loved it! ... From local grinds featured on K5 to those featured on the Food Network, a show definitely worth watching is The Secret Life Of ... Last month it focused on the life of luau with some of Hawaii’s best restaurants including Helena’s Hawaiian Foods. I stopped by the famous little place recently for some ‘ono squid luau. When I got up to leave, I noticed Robert Cazimero sitting at a table near the entrance. Temptation wanted me to lean over to say hello and perhaps get a glimpse of what the master entertainer had on his plate, but I refrained. Sometimes, folks just want to eat in peace, you know. ...

From food to ear candy, nothing makes a good weekend better than great music. Folks at Gordon Biersch got up close and personal with Jerry Santos, Hoku Zuttermeister and Barry Kimokeo during Hawaiian 105 KINE’s Sunset Jam, where the trio sang a myriad of old favorites and performed soon-to-be classics. The audience included a mix of locals and visitors including Linda and Bill Goodall, a couple from Dallas here in Honolulu because they love Hawaiian music. Bill lived in Hawaii in the ‘60s, and the music keeps him coming back. Making an appearance from the Cox Radio family were general manager Mike Kelly and his wife, Cindy, programming director Davey D, with Benita Hampton, Yvonne Hobbs, Wade Faildo, Brandi Namahoe, Ryan Segawa, Rhoda Kihikihi and her husband, Kauna, rounding out the group. ...This week’s final highlight: KCCN FM 100 celebrates its 16th Birthday Bash this weekend - Friday and Saturday! And today (Friday) is the final day to pick up a ticket for only $16! And get this: Natural Vibes is slated to play at the Bash after a performance on Guam - on the same date!! How? The international date line ...

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