Friday - December 15, 2006
Ryan Kimoto and Liz Gasilang at Kincaid’s
IT’S THAT BUSY time of year, when you think there’s nowhere to run from the shopping madness of the holidays. Just breathe. I’ve got something for the shopper who just needs a break. I recently revisited a favorite fish, chop and steak house at Ward Warehouse. Fans of the joint already know I’m talking about Kincaid’s for its comfortable atmosphere, first-class staff, ono food and outstanding entertainment. Music by the group eightOeight welcomes every patron, immediately putting new kick in their very tired, holiday-worn soles. Called everybody’s favorite band for the wide variety of music they play, eightOeight takes a Thursday night at Ward Warehouse to another level, accommodating fans with every request they desire. One after another, the band mates perform what their audience - a good mix of varying ethnicities and age groups - asks. What I find most interesting at Kincaid’s on this particular night is the ease at which the filled room operates.
No stressed-out faces here, no shopping bags crowding the aisles. I stop to talk story with Liz Gasilang and Ryan Kimoto. Kimoto, a Kailuan like me, shares that he and Gasilang are first-time patrons of the place. We all quickly agree that it’ll be easy to come back. Radio DJ and huge talent (though his humbleness will never let him admit it) Justin Cruz is there, manning the mic as he represents 93.1 The Zone. Cruz gets the crowd to play several games for prizes and they eagerly respond. At one moment, Cruz pauses for a bit to recognize the Society of Seven‘s Glenn Miyashiro, who walks in and joins some friends. My friend Robert Hayno and I enjoy the poke and crabcakes. Our server, Lynn Estes, leaves nothing to chance, and quickly and consistently fills my glass with Diet Coke. She’s fun and lively, adding to the already grand experience. I ask her for a pen, and on a napkin I scribble a note to the band: “Michael Franks, please. Any song.” My request makes its way to the hands of the lead vocalist, who stares out into the crowd and makes me blush when he says, “Someone out there has good taste.
Scott Schaffer, TC Chun, NJ Gottschalk and Justin
Who requested Michael Franks?” EightOeight ends its set with Brazil. Before the night is over, Cruz, TC Chun, NJ Gottschalk and Scott Schaffer come over to say hello. The best of the night for me is reconnecting with Cruz and Chun and having the time to talk “shop” about what we do in the media blitz of life. ... It’s not often that people get to see international music stars like Pearl Jam or U2 live in person - especially in Hawaii. Last weekend, tens of thousands took advantage of the op, ready to see their favorite bands play at Aloha Stadium. On the field alone, there must have been at least 12K fans roaming around from beer tent to margarita tent and back. Pearl Jam set what must have been an inspiring highlight for most when they belted out Hawaii ‘78 to the awe-struck crowd, with many nods of understanding and little whoops of appreciation by locals. While there, I saw KSSK’s Kathy w/a K and her beau, I also spotted firefighter Donald Dennis and his wife Lovey.
And I had the chance to meet and talk with other concert-goers Sandee Conjugacion and Jay Yoro of Mililani. They were there together with Yoro’s sister Teri and Bill Godsey of Kapolei. While chatting with the group, we discussed travel and parking plans to and from the stadium. This foursome must have had the best plan of all because they didn’t need to park - another friend of theirs acted as driver for the evening, having dropped them off, with plans to pick them up after the concert. ...
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