Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - February 17, 2006
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Heal the Hearts Valentine’s Day Ball hosts Dave Hayakawa, Brad Coates and Greg Frey
Heal the Hearts Valentine’s Day Ball hosts Dave
Hayakawa, Brad Coates and Greg Frey

LOVE WAS IN the air and then some at the seventh annual Heal the Hearts Valentine’s Day Ball, hosted by Brad Coates and Greg Frey of Coates & Frey, the largest divorce and family law firm in Hawaii. (Loved your red hat, Greg!) The Ocean Club became the perfect venue for fun and dance as more than 1,000 people took advantage of the free drinks and heavy pupus from two buffet lines. Among those in attendance were Honolulu prosecutor Peter Carlisle, and many in the law field including Leilani Tan, Bernie Bays, Marty Fritz, Mitch Werth, Jan Nagano and newlywed Adrianne Heely - congratulations! ... Peter dumped his formal suits for a more casual look, donning a pastel aloha shirt and slacks - looking great! ... Folks like Glenn Tamura of Tamura Enterprises, Gordon Bruce, city DIT director, and Byran Mick and Donna Chun of the mayor’s office also made an appearance. Much to my luck, one of the first people I met there was defense attorney and fellow event host, David Hayakawa. He and Donna quickly rounded up friends Jenny Uyeno, Neysa Park and others for some great pictures! Thanks, guys! Other notables enjoying the night were Pacific Club executive chef Eric Leterc, sushi chef Toby Sakoda, Realtor Leigh Fukumoto and Navy optometrist Gabriel Hernandez. Boy, can all of these folks move! It was clear the crowd not only knows how to take care of biz-ness in the office, but they do a great job taking care of things on the dance floor as well! USS Missouri human resources manager Ulu Yee spotted friend Kyle Shimoda behind the sushi bar. He was taking a break from his own catering biz to help at the ball. He and the rest of his crew kept busy by rolling out the yummy round rice bites ...


MORE LOVE during February from Chef Sam Choy and entertainers Fiji and B.E.T. to the 400 students of the Arts and Communication Academy at Waianae High School. The two are huge supporters of the program. They joined Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, Coca-Cola and Hawaiian Springs water for a benefit concert last week in hopes of raising much-needed funds for academy activities ...

NEW ZEALAND’s No. 1 reggae band Katchafire made their Hawaii tour debut with stops on Molokai, Kauai and Honolulu. Known for rocking the local airwaves with their hit single Who You With, the double platinum-selling group travels to Uncle Mikey’s on the Big Island tomorrow and then to the Lahaina Civic Center on Maui this Sunday. Many mahalos to Carole Baguio, Pacific Hawaiian Distribution, for bringing the band here. She helped make at least one dream of lead vocalist Jamey Ferguson come true. A former Hawaii resident, Jamey wished to bring his talent back to the islands ...


ADDING A NEW dimension to Hawaiian music is Aaron J. Sala. At 28, he’s a composer, vocalist, pianist, producer and arranger. He is talent times 10! I had a chance to chat with Aaron, and he is as modest about his success as he is talented. He’s already shared the stage and studio with Raiatea Helm, Na Palapalai, Ale’a, Weldon Kekauoha, Mahi Beamer, Robert Cazimero and others. Aaron is so talented, in fact, that Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Randie Kamuela Fong, Kihei de Silva, R. Keawe Lopes and Kaumakaiwa “Lopaka” Kanaka’ole each offered him original song compositions. To understand what I and all these other people already know about Aaron, check out his debut album Ka’upu Aloha - alone with my thoughts ...

AND FINALLY, for the record - yes, he’s my brother and, yes, I am a real blonde. On week one, I thought about setting things straight right off the bat, but then I thought, “nah, no need” and “ah, nobody really cares about that stuff.” So off I ran, blazing into the world of three-dots only to find myself writing about what I should have at the start, because apparently, you do care, at least some of you anyway - and I’m very thankful for that. And I’ll admit it, my stylist Mayleen Lau of Elements Spa & Salon gives me a little “fun” color whenever I need it. She’s so good and has been styling my hair for four years! By the way, Mayleen is a new mom! Little Micah arrived Feb. 6 much to the delight of dad Chris and big brother Elijah-William ...

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