Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - December 29, 2006

If you’re reading this, it means you survived the crazy, whirlwind chaos of holiday shopping, mall crowds, long lines and parking panic. And if you’re anything like the wonderful folks I had a chance to spend the season with, then you know that while we stress out like maniacs, it all becomes worth it on Dec. 25. I spent Christmas morning with some of radio’s most familiar voices, including a few whose names have highlighted this column. We talked about the day and family traditions, and I’d like to share a little of that with you. ... First, there’s Gina Garcia of KSSK. This radio news maven is a bundle of laughs and good times in a small package. For a casual holiday breakfast, she sported a mini red T-shirt that proudly displayed the message, “I’m here for the presents” (a gift, she pointed out, from her husband Nathan). For Garcia, family is important, and each Christmas means a few new pictures that are taken and then quickly e-mailed to her grandmother ... Another voice on the airwaves is that of Adam Carr, assistant programming director of KSSK, who spent a few moments of his Christmas morning wishing for a white one. His family in Colorado kept busy on Monday by shoveling snowdrifts, building snowmen and making snow angels. Carr told me that when he talked with his sister, she joked and said “Ha, ha, you’re jealous of me because I’m in three feet of snow.” His jealousy didn’t last too long - he made the long-distance call while sitting on the sand at Lanikai beach in Kailua. When asked about the oddest gift he ever received, Carr answers, “clothes hangers.” And when it comes to gifts in general, this all-around nice guy reveals, “I don’t like getting gifts, I only like to give them.” ... Speaking of nice (and KSSK), I can’t help but think of Sweetie Pacarro, who could easily be mistaken for a younger Mrs. Claus because of her happy Christmas spirit. During the holidays, Pacarro transforms her home into a scene from your favorite holiday movie, complete with an outstanding display of snow villages with folks skating on ice, white-capped slopes and more.

Makani of Island 98.5 shared Christmas with his three brothers Steve, Lanai of ‘Lanai’s

Morning Madness’ on 98.5, and Adam, executive chef at Ruth’s Chris Wailea. It’s rare that the Tabura men ever get together.

It’s a vision meant for many that Pacarro graciously shares with her neigh-bors. ... Down the hall from the jocks on KSSK is Makani of Island 98.5. The midday man shared Christmas with his three brothers Steve, Lanai of Lanai’s Morning Madness on 98.5, and Adam, executive chef at Ruth’s Chris Wailea. It’s rare that the Tabura men ever get together, but they found time last weekend as they cooked up a holiday menu of Portuguese bean soup, spinach-stuffed chicken, baked beans, stuffing, ham and chicken papaya. “Lanai’s a good cook,” says Makani, “and then there’s our executive chef brother and Steve. We cook and talk story.” ... And thank you for allowing me to talk story with you.

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