Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - January 05, 2007

Eko Aoki, Flash Hansen and Steve Aoki celebrate the opening of Miss Sixty at Ala Moana
Eko Aoki, Flash Hansen and Steve Aoki celebrate the
opening of Miss Sixty at Ala Moana

FROM WAIANAE TO KANEOHE, to everywhere in between and beyond, many firecracker-happy Oahuans brought in 2007 with a big bang and a whole lot of aerials, aerials and more aerials. I couldn’t help but look up at the brightly lit skyline and think of last Thursday night when a small group of folks including myself got the chance to ride on the Hokule’a before it leaves for its next sailing voyage. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson led an educational discussion about the stars, their value as locators and beings of light that hold historical tales for use by today’s sailors. Polynesian Voyaging Society member Lilikala Kame’eleihiwa gave a blessing as we headed out for the short, but very special trip outside Diamond Head. Mahalo nui to photo journalist and crew member Na’alehu Anthony, who shared this awesome op with me - I even got to “act” as steersman for a bit along with a few sailing mates Chris, Ian and Kahale, as we manned the sweep - a complete thrill in many ways. ...

Speaking of thrills, there were many for staffers and patrons of Ruth’s Chris Steak House at The Shops at Mauna Lani as family man and lead singer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick enjoyed a New Year’s Eve dinner before headlining a performance at the Hilton Waikoloa. ... And the thrills kept going as many headed to the opening of Miss Sixty at Ala Moana hosted by Kelly Hu. Hollywood DJ Steve Aoki, promoter Flash Hansen and Lost‘s Michael Emerson mingled in the packed house of the new boutique. ... Another highlight of the season at Ala Moana Center took place at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, where assistant general manager John Langan helped Mayor Mufi Hannemann with his shopping when the head of our C&C picked up a few restaurant gift cards. ... From one head to the next, the honorable Gov. Linda Lingle made an appearance at the inaugural Merv Lopes High School Basketball tournament last weekend for a presentation of awards to players and coaches. Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona was there too, along with Micah Kane, Hawaiian Home Lands director, and a couple of my friends on executive detail.

(Nice chatting with all of you!) Sweetie Pacarro hosted the tournament festivities that also attracted Mayor Mufi earlier in the week. While there, I bumped into Tati Pelegreen, former Island 98.5 DJ who visited Oahu for the holidays. Tati is blowing up the San Diego air-waves as part of the Z90 morning show followed by her own midday time slot. ... With a new year comes new beginnings, and for some that means a fresh start in the kitchen. Chef Chih-Chieh Chang of Shanghai Bistro can help anyone prepare for the Chinese New Year of the Boar with a cooking class at Li May Tang‘s restaurant on Jan. 27. Aspiring chefs will learn how to prepare luck with dishes like jai and gau (among other things) followed by an all-youcan-eat brunch. ... Hau’oli La Hanau!

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