Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - August 04, 2006

(front, from left) Kimo Spencer, Billie Gabriel, (back) Apolo Anton Ohno, David Creswell and Jan Kayatani at the Perry and Price show
(front, from left) Kimo Spencer, Billie Gabriel, (back) Apolo
Anton Ohno, David Creswell and Jan Kayatani at the Perry
and Price show

THERE’S ONLY ONE show in town that can bring its audience an internationally acclaimed comedian, an Olympic gold medalist, three ukulele virtuosos, two jazz musicians, a “family” of Hawaiian entertainers, good food, a view of the ocean and Diamond Head all in an intimate setting with Hawaii’s most popular radio personalities - it’s the Perry & Price Saturday morning show at John Dominis. The men of Pilioha (whose group name means “a close family relationship”) opened the show with feel-good Hawaiian music. Glenn Mayeda Jr., Gary “Kalehua” Krug Jr. and Kamuela Kimokeo set the mood and got folks ready for the three hours to come. Comedy-for-couples stand-up guy Kevin Hughes got tons of laughs, and plenty of applause followed performances by Canadian ukulele master James Hill, a killer electric version of the small instrument by Tony Gamble, and a sparkling rendition of familiar tunes by recent MidWeek cover story subject Taimane Gardner. See an ukulele theme here? Grammy-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson and jazz musician Abe Weinstein offered up a dual serving of what folks can hear this weekend at the 13th annual Hawaii International Jazz Festival ...

And as if all of that wasn’t already enough, in walks Olympic gold medalist and another MidWeek cover story subject, Apolo Anton Ohno. He arrived on stage looking comfortable in an aloha shirt and slacks with his signature chin patch well-groomed. He sat down for a fun interview with the guys. In case you ever wondered how long it takes to get into one of those skin-tight skating uniforms, Ohno says “minutes.” When asked what Apolo means, the world-famous athlete answered, “A-p means to steer. l-o means look out, here he comes!” During his first trip to Hawaii, Ohno enjoyed squid luau, lomi salmon, poi and kalua pig at ‘Ono’s. As he put it simply, “The food at ‘Ono’s is ‘ono!” ... My friends Ulu Yee, Ulu Seria, Kym Tsukamoto and I were there to say “bon voyage” to Yee, who is leaving Hawaii for the Mainland. She’s always wanted to see the P & P show. Well, not only did we all get to see the show, we also got a table right next to Ohno.

Forget Diamond Head, ladies, talk about a great view! I had the chance to talk with the folks at Ohno’s table: Billie Gabriel, Easter Seals VP; Kimo Spencer, Adventures in Advertising president (a local boy now based in California), his fiancée Jan Kayatani, and one of Ohno’s longtime friends, David Creswell, who assured me that his bud is the same modest person he met 10 years ago. If first impressions are accurate, I have to say that I agree. Ohno truly is a champion on and off the ice ... Also spotted Hawaii public schools superintendent Pat Hamamoto, bumped into my friend Roy Sakuma and had a chance to wala’au with Tiny Tadani ...

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