Friday - September 29, 2006
HAWAII’S BEST amateur ukulele artists brought their skills and sounds to Aloha Tower Marketplace for the first annual Aloha Festivals ukulele contest last week Sunday. The family band - Dad, Nick and Alex of Manoa DNA - kicked off the competition with a harmonious, high-energy performance, followed by an appearance from the 2006 Aloha Festivals royal court. Folks in attendance also caught musical gigs by Hoku Zuttermeister, Brian Tolentino, Chris Kamaka of Ho’okena and Jan Luna, formerly of the Society of Seven.
First-time contest entrant TJ Mayeshiro of Honolulu walked away with the top award. The 13-year-old beat out 18 other contestants in instrumental ability, stage presence, rhythm and overall performance. Mayeshiro won a Kamaka concert ukulele (that’s a $700 instrument!) and a concert ukulele case from Hawaiian Ukulele Company. Second and third place went to Rylan Tokioka and Rogie Cadiente, respectively. ... The head honcho at Dixie Grill Bar-b-que & Crab Shack on Ward is new GM
Cindy Morales. The Kapolei resident, Kamehameha Schools graduate and hula dancer (she performs with Snowbird Bento‘s halau, Kapahula O Kaleilehua) is an example that hard work pays off - in just four years she worked her way up the ladder from food server. ... Another gal at the top of her game is Aveda Salon & Spa’s Cherie Stamm-Roberts, who just returned from Fashion Week in New York with five of her salon team members from Ala Moana Center. Team Aveda worked with models backstage at fashion shows and even hob-nobbed with frequent Hawaii visitor and now part-time resident Cameron Diaz. Our local Aveda spa masters seem to have found celebrity status here in Honolulu too. Lititia Thomas and her team will be in charge of hair and makeup backstage at the Lost Series 3 premiere Sept. 30 at Sunset on the Beach. Joining Thomas backstage and providing some sustenance will be Jamba Juice’s Sherri Rigg and her staff. ... Speaking of sustenance, nothing feeds the body better than time away on a Neighbor Island. Taking advantage of that luxury is media maven Mona Wood and friend Max Sword. The two took a breather from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu last weekend for a relaxing stay at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort in Kona (Where else? - Max is with Outrigger).
On the plane ride over, they had a chance to chat with Ernie Cruz Jr. and Hapa’s Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau. The three musicians were headed for a convention at Mauna Lani. Shortly after checking in, Wood and Sword ran into Ann Botticelli, Maile Meyer and Paul Lucas, all on the Big Island for a Kamehameha Schools retreat. And on the return flight, Ann, a former MidWeek columnist, chatted with editor Don Chapman, who was on assignment for Travel & Leisure Golf magazine (and had just run into former MidWeek employee Jody Triggs at the Kona airport). A tough gig, boss - and a small world indeed ...
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