Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - September 22, 2006

Island Boy and Ola Souza hanging out before the Downtown Mele
Island Boy and Ola Souza hanging out before the
Downtown Mele

CROWDS OF MUSIC lovers enjoyed a multitude of free performances at the Aloha Festivals Downtown Mele last weekend. With no fewer than five stages blaring various genres of song from Hawaiian to country to jazz, the musical appetite in everyone remained satisfied. Before joining the hundreds who waded through Bishop Street, I caught up with friends at Fort Street Mall Bar & Grill (first time I had ever been there - didn’t even know the place existed). Two of those friends included Krater 96 love songs goddess Ola Souza and Power 104.3’s nighttime DJ Island Boy. It didn’t take long for the group of us (there were five - two others shall retain their anonymity) to be laughing hysterically (some of us without alcohol) over how small Hawaii really is. Island Boy showed everyone at the table a picture of his son, Kanoa. One of my “nameless” celeb friends says, “Eh, I know that boy. I have pictures of him on my computer at home.” (Keep in mind, this is the first time she’s meeting the radio jock).

Huh? We quickly learn that the two were at a luau just weeks before where my camera-happy pal snapped a few shots of Island’s little boy, “because he was so cute.” Made me think of the new ABC show, Six Degrees, except in Hawaii, I think it’s more like two degrees of separation - scary. ... On the street, I bumped into another friend, Kimo Villarimo. I had to ask him if his ears were ringing because just moments earlier, I asked Ola if she knew how he was doing - whoa! Radio fans know Kimo from 99.5 KHUI. It’s been about four years since I’ve seen him - last time we were grinding at a luxury luau at the Ritz Carlton at Kapalua, Maui. Kimo still says I’m the only woman he knows who can eat like a man. ... Making a stop at a second stage, I’m spotted by my Kamehameha classmate Kaui Na’auao, wife of Hawaiian music entertainer, Sean Na’auao, who tells me that she’s running to become an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee - congratulations, Kaui. Go for it! ... A third stop takes us to Ho’onu’a, where a final Oahu performance by Christian Yrizarry and Jared Keo has fans cheering and dancing. The feeling is bittersweet as the buzz on their break swirls throughout the crowd ... Speaking of breaks, I found myself in much need of one and decided to indulge in a bit of shopping in Kailua town. While I didn’t find what I was hoping for, I did come across one Lost soul, Dominic Monaghan, who strolled into the same shop I happened to visit. ... Strolling his way in and out of town recently is actor and family man Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa. The famous villain made several stops on Oahu last week before leaving for Winnipeg for his fifth film project of 2006. He’ll be working with Rob Schneider in Julianna and the Medicine Fish, a movie based on a children’s book by Jake MacDonald.

While in town, he stopped by the Quarterback Club, Damien High School and KHNL’s newsroom, but not before finding time for his little 6-year-old Kana - father and daughter enjoyed some reading time in the children’s section at Barnes & Noble. The soft-spoken man is very different from the character we saw who cut off heads and arms in movies such as Mortal Kombat and Showdown in Little Tokyo. Although he’s been a martial arts villain for most of his career, Cary says that as he matures, he prefers roles that children like his daughter can relate to and ones that are much closer to his quiet, friendly nature. BTW, he’s just a week from his 56th birthday, for which he’ll visit Kazakhstan for a film festival with Sophia Loren. In case you missed Cary this time around, don’t worry - he’ll be back at the end of the year as a special guest at the Honolulu Marathon Expo Dec. 6-9, and at the start of the marathon on Dec. 10. ...

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