Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - January 12, 2007

WHETHER YOU’RE READY or not, 2007 is here and moving right along. For some, the start of a new year is the perfect time to get focused, set goals and make at least one (or two) New Year’s resolutions. And that’s exactly what the folks highlighted in this week’s column have done. ... Aside from “the common ones,” like losing weight and exercising more, as John Koko of the Makaha Sons puts it, at the top of his list this year, “I’m planning on improving my vocals.” The very talented and humble Koko has already put his plan into action by taking vocal lessons from Neva Rego. Now that’s a sign of a real pro - you go, John! By the way, the Makaha Sons have just released their first DVD, Makaha Sons Live at the Hawaii Theatre. I’d resolve to pick one up before it sells out. ...

Just as music can change from one artist to another, so can a resolution. For jazz musician Abe Weinstein (pronounced like Einstein) 2007 means making a commitment to his audience. He says he wants to “make sure the people of Oahu get to hear all the great jazz concerts that the Jazz Festival will be presenting this year.” Weinstein promises to do that with six scheduled concerts over the next 12 months, some of which are absolutely free! The first no-cost concert swings into Kaneohe at Windward Community College on Feb. 11. Later in November, it’s a freebie on the Leeward side at Kapolei Hale. More concerts, both for free and for fee, can be heard at the Halekulani and Hawaii Theatre throughout the year. ... There’s more jazz (and a bit of R&B) to be enjoyed by local residents courtesy of the sultry, smooth and ultra-hot Azure McCall. This musical maven has found residence on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she performs five nights a week at the Hilton Waikoloa. When asked if she believes in resolutions, McCall answers, “I believe in continued resolutions, 365, 24/7. I believe in Aloha.” She shares how she lives up to this kind of resolution - one that mandates the enjoyment and appreciation of each moment we have. “We only have today, we are not promised tomorrow.” And that is just how she spent her holidays - filled with fun and loving every minute of it with her best friend, Anita Pointer. The two have been BFFs since they were 9 years old, and continue to share a special bond to this day. They also shared a stage recently when Pointer and her granddaughter Roxy visited McCall for Christmas. The three enjoyed the holiday with the Lim family preceding the Pointer Sisters’New Year’s concert at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. ...

Lititia Thomas
Lititia Thomas

Speaking of family, I hear there are plans for a new one in ‘07 for Lititia Thomas, manager of the Aveda Salon & Spa at Ala Moana. This year, Thomas makes a very personal resolution - to have a healthy baby. After trying for the past few years, she and husband Mike are finally expecting this summer. ... And we can expect good things from Kim Lehano, co-founder of Team Move, a health and fitness group that caters to Leeward and Central Oahu residents. For this multi-talented mom and former OC 16 TV host of Heroes and Hawaii Beyond Paradise (who, BTW, promises to return to the tube), a new year means being connected. So what’s her resolution? “To stay in touch with those close to me, whether through e-mail, phone or in person.” Now that’s something we could all be resolute about.

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