Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - January 19, 2007

HAWAIIAN MUSICIANS and music lovers have begun to sing the praises of Kaukahi-Life In These Islands, the new CD compilation that captures the talents of Dean Wilhelm, Walt Keale, Kawika Kahiapo and Barrett Awai. These four men blend a smooth, feel-good harmony that lifts the spirit. In front of a VIP crowd at the Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach earlier this week, the men of Kaukahi took the stage and performed songs from their new release, including one with Jack Johnson.

The evening’s emcee, Brickwood Galuteria, kept the show going that also included performances by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and Na Leo’s Nalani Choy and Lehua Heine. Folks in attendance included KSSK’s Jamie Hartnett and husband John Magnus, Shirley Alexander of Ticketmaster, Derrick Malama from Hawaii Public Radio, John Berger, Peter Gellatly and former Clear Channel Hawaii Radio GM, Bob Longwell, and his wife, Eleni - the Longwells are now living in Sydney, where Bob is CEO of the Australian Radio Network. ... There’s more nahenahe music in store for audiences from the men of Holunape - Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa and Kanaia Nakamura - coming up later this month. This musical trio has made a commitment to perpetuate the Hawaiian language, and is devoted to the playing of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. It is no wonder then that Holunape will be the featured act of Hawaii Theatre Center’s Hana Hou! Hawaiian Music series, A Lena Machado Tribute, on Jan. 26. ...

Jake Shimabukuro’s New Year’s resolutions include learning to speak Japanese
Jake Shimabukuro’s New Year’s
resolutions include learning to speak

Speaking of commitment, I can’t help but think of one our state’s most well-known ukulele artists, Jake Shimabukuro. When asked if he believes in resolutions, he answers, “Of course! The start of the new year is a great time to motivate yourself to try something new.” The talented entertainer, who attracted many with his finish at last year’s Honolulu Marathon, says he plans to run it again this year. Also on his list of 2007 resolution to-dos is to become CPR certified and to learn to speak Japanese. Last year, Shimabukuro resolved to eliminate soda from his diet ... “And as of today,” he assures, “I’m still soda-free.” Those with plans to travel to Kahului Jan. 25-28 can see Shimabukuro on stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center before he starts his five-city tour in California. ... Blonde Sighting: Jim Brickman enjoyed dinner at Nick’s Fishmarket last week Friday along with Jordan Segundo, Al Waterson and Nancy Bernal. Nearby sat June Jones, Al Souza and Manny Rezentes. Before the night’s end, Brickman and Jones were introduced to each other. Jones expressed picking up tickets to Brickman’s concert, but unfortunately, it was sold out. ...

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