Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - October 27, 2006

LAUGHS, HOOTS, hollers and a whole-lot-of-whispers filled Diamond Head Theatre last weekend as a full house cheered, clapped, grimaced and basically OMG’d! through the entire Raw and Untreated Gridiron 2006. The Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter fundraiser raised more than just eyebrows with their no-holds-barred satirical blitz of some of the year’s top stories. Highlights began from the start with Gordon Pang‘s “in-flight” briefing as he prepped the crowd for things to come, and his hilarious vignettes throughout the performance made him an audience favorite. Bill Sage IV‘s Tiny Stem Cells, an easy sing-along like Uncle Don Ho‘s Tiny Bubbles had folks swaying in their seats under muffled giggles, while a play on the homeless population’s response to the city received a bunch of “uh, no way, no way” from the chatty lady behind me, who I imagined curling up in her seat at how far the Gridiron cast would push the envelope. Dan Cooke sparkled in a stars-and-stripes fringed-bottom bathing suit as he played the role only he can play, that of Gov. Linda Lingle, as the former news anchor danced and pranced to the song Aren’t Cha Glad - a catchy tune like the Pussy Cat DollsDon’t Cha - if you weren’t there, use your imagination. Still another must-see would have to be Ben Gutierrez on stilts as Mayor Mufi Hannemann. And, of course, the real governor and mayor sat in the audience as they both accepted their “characters” graciously on opening night.

Mitch Kobayashi, Micheal Canonizado, Keo Wolford and J.R. Buenconsejo at Manu Boyd’s Aha Mele IX
Mitch Kobayashi, Micheal Canonizado, Keo Wolford
and J.R. Buenconsejo at Manu Boyd’s Aha Mele IX

With a cast that included major multi-talents like Jodi Leong, Keoki Kerr, Catherine Toth, Justin Cruz, Bill Sage V (out-standing performances by father and son prove that talent runs in the family), Cathy Foy, and emcees Paul Drewes, Mina Sugimoto, Garett Kamemoto, Mahlon Moore, Bob Jones and Denby Fawcett (loved, loved your outfit, Denby! Looked like a nake’u), Lisa Dee (chatty lady behind me did the long, “oh” when Lisa walked up to the mic, the name and voice recognition clicking in), Howard Dicus and many others, Gridiron easily reached success. ... Hawaii Theatre played host to hundreds last Sunday who stopped by to celebrate the ninth anniversary of Manu Boyd‘s Halau o ke ‘Aali’i Ku Makani. Emcee Puanani Wilhelm and performances by Robert Cazimero, Nani Lim, Kala’i Stern and Ikaika Rawlins kept the mood light with a nahenahe feeling to carry throughout the week ... Kapiolani Park turned pink on Sunday as more than 7,000 supporters of the Susan G. Komen foundation’s Race For The Cure, a benefit for breast cancer research, took over the grounds in Waikiki.

Tiare Agpaoa, Roz Makaula and Darci Ludington at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Tiare Agpaoa, Roz Makaula and Darci Ludington at
the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

I had to be there with two of my BC sisters - Darci Ludington and Tiare Agpaoa - as we took time to reflect and celebrate the past year of our lives. Some of our friends and supporters we had a chance to talk with included emcees Dita Holifield and Sweetie Pacarro, Na’alehu Anthony, Jan Hori, Ann Jones, Colleen Hironaka, Patti Milburn and husband Sid, Lisa Josephsohn, Jamie Hartnett, Desiree Somera, Corinne Cambonga and Sarah Marston ... Helping another good cause are the Society of Seven and Lani Misalucha, now headliners at the Flamingo Las Vegas Showroom. They performed a benefit concert for A3M, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches. The event raised awareness for those in need of a transplant and proved to be the most successful fundraising event in the organization’s nine-year history. ... Blonde Sighting: At Nick’s Fishmarket last week Thursday, owner Ben Dowling welcomed Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth, stars of A&E’s Dog The Bounty Hunter ,who dined with friends and family. Also dining there that same evening were Jordan Segundo, model Yasmin Dar and Al Waterson. ...

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