Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - July 07, 2006
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DOING IT BIG and better seems to be easy for the folks at Dave & Buster’s. With three floors of food and fun, patrons of the powerhouse have a choice menu of entertainment. In the restaurant area, waitstaff kept busy last Friday with visits to several tables for an order of the “birthday song.” One stop took them to the table of KSSK’s Sweetie Pacarro, where she laughed and sang along with friends, two of whom were blowing out candles. Members of the sweet gang seemed to be the envy of the crowd as onlookers couldn’t help but notice the exchange of gifts - all in bags (there were at least seven), labeled in red with the letters C-O-A-C-H. ... From the restaurant to the stage, folks found more good times at the Gregg Hammer show. Hammer and his crew continue their music and hilarious comedy routine at D&B on the last Friday of every month. If you haven’t had the chance to see Hammer in action, what are you waiting for? And if you have, then you know why folks go back - it’s just that good! I plan on making a return next month. ...


Finally, on the rooftop, the Clear Channel radio group kept things going throughout the night beginning with their pau hana party. Morning radio host Crystal Akana of Island 98.5 hosted the post-workday gathering as Cory Oliveros kept spirits high with his feel-good island sound. DJ and spin-master Jimmy Taco of Sure Shot Entertainment rounded out the evening with partner Tony Cunanan as they spun it out for the late-nighters with a mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and classic dance music. D & B cocktail staff manager Hollie Kedro kept folks happy with her smile and style. One “drunken admirer” liked Kedro so much, he lei’d her with tuberose! ... BTW, in case you’re wondering, neo-soul music has been around since the late 1990s, ever since Motown Records chief Kedar Massenburg coined the term to put a label on a sound that’s a mix of contemporary R&B, ‘70s soul and hip-hop. ...

Jimmy Taco and Hollie Kedro on the rooftop of Dave & Buster’s
Jimmy Taco and Hollie Kedro on the rooftop of Dave
& Buster’s

Speaking of sounds - if you were anywhere near Waikiki last Saturday, you would have heard the call of conch shell blowers - nearly 100 of them - who blew away the crowd at Sunset on the Beach! Eight-year-old Gary Domingo Oka was the youngest conch official participating in the event that marked a close to the Honolulu Centennial celebration. Joining Oka was Frank “Mr. Pro Bowl” Cuce, a conch newcomer who happened to be in town over the weekend. PR starlett Mona Wood convinced the NFL man to lend his lungs to the cause while they ate at Side Street Inn the night before. Cuce got a hand from Michael Miller of Tiki’s Grill & Bar, who loaned him a shell for his conch-blowing debut. ... And making her debut in Blonde Highlights is soon-to-be 3-year-old Kiani Tabura. The little birthday girl’s big day is tomorrow (July 8). She’s the daughter of model Alaine Akau and morning radio host Lanai Tabura. Hau’oli La Hanau, Kiani! ... Last week I told you that we’d hear a little more about Lanai and his upcoming trip to Japan. Comedian Sean Felipe will join him for the anniversary luau of the Ogo Café - a Hawaiian food restaurant in Tokyo.


Christian Yrizarry of Ho’onu’a and music artist Sani are also in the entertainment lineup set to perform July 16 at the American Embassy. ... This week’s final highlight comes in the form of laughs with comedian Augie T. The Island comic takes a leap from the stage to the movie screen when he begins filming in L.A. on July 14 for an upcoming dark comedy that’s set for release in December. I’ll have more on that in a future column. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to enjoy our local boy’s talent while we still have access to him in the Islands. Tickets to Augie’s next big comedy show, “Then and Now,” at Farrington High’s auditorium on Aug. 15 are on sale at all Local Motion stores. First Hawaiian Bank and McDonald’s of Hawaii are sponsoring the show, which will donate proceeds to The Dream Foundation, an education scholarship fund for underprivileged youth. The multi-talented funny guy created the foundation-simply because, he says, “I didn’t go to college.” ...

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