Friday - August 25, 2006
Augie T. just taped his new DVD,
‘Then & Now’
FARRINGTON HIGH’S auditorium became the red carpet destination for hundreds of fans who made their way to Kalihi for the taping of Augie T.‘s newest DVD, Then & Now. I couldn’t help but get chicken skin as I thought about a conversation I had with Augz months ago, when all the details of the evening’s festivities were still in the planning phase - it’s just something grand when you have the opp to experience an idea to fruition! A black Hummer limo delivered the main man to the spotlights of the Gov’s house as the velvet ropes held folks in an orderly fashion.
One of the things that is always highlighted at an Augie show is his family. His beautiful wife and manager Kim is a mainstay, as are his parents Sharon and Lawrence Sr., and the rest of the Tulba clan. Augie’s brother Mike put down the uliuli (he’s the male hula dancer at Augie’s Sheraton Waikiki show) and picked up a microphone as he and his band Offnite performed for fans waiting to get inside the auditorium. Others on Team Augie included Champ Kaneshiro, Turk “The Hawaiian Hurricane” Cazimero, Jose Dynamite and Timmy Mattos, who all donned zoot suits complete with fancy “dancing” shoes to authenticate the 1940s look.
(from left) Champ Kaneshiro, Turk Cazimero, Jose
Dynamite and Timmy Mattos in their zoot suits
While there, I met a man named China Pepe’e from Hanauliuli, who, along with his family, arrived at Farrington three hours before the start of the show just so they could be first in line. Inside, I met three ladies from Ewa Beach, Sachie Aina, Leilani Nainoa and Shari Tavares, who all agreed to support Augie because they loved his first DVD and he’s one of them - an Ewa Beach resident. And then I spotted Oahuans Steve and Laura Adams, more Tulba fans who sat with their family members, Reubin Francisco and his wife, Cindy, their son Brenton and friend Tracy, who all flew in from Kauai just to see the show. They showed their Filipino pride and commitment to the comedian as they waved a cardboard sign that affectionately read, “Augie - U manong!” Mayor Mufi Hannemann took the stage to congratulate and highlight Augie’s service to the community. The mayor’s wife, Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, was also there, along with other notables I spotted in the audience including Jordan Segundo, Calvin Maeda and Natural Vibrations’Wayne.
Up next for Augie is his “Comedy in the Community” concert series where he and company will visit 25 communities on Oahu. Cost is just $5 per person with proceeds from each show to benefit Augie’s Speak the Dream Foundation, a non-profit entity committed to the higher education of Hawaii’s youth. The first of 25 shows is set for Sept. 3 at Waianae High School, the proceeds from which Speak the Dream will donate to purchase much needed equipment for the area’s Pop Warner football league. ... The final curtain call for one of our Islands’most well-known musical groups is fast approaching. Jared Keo and Christian Yrizarry will perform on Oahu together for the last time as Ho’onu’a at this year’s Downtown Ho’olaule’a on Sept. 15. ... Young Broadway hopefuls can look forward to next week’s audition workshop with performer Richard Vida. Vida’s career spans more than two decades and includes such musicals as Les Miserables, 42nd Street and Singin’ in the Rain. Ballet Hawaii studios will host the workshop Sept. 2. Call 732-7733 for more information ...
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