Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - March 10, 2006

A good time was had by all at the OIA Athletic Foundation’s Katoosh! Education Through Athletics fund-raising Larry Price roast
A good time was had by all at
the OIA Athletic Foundation’s
Katoosh! Education Through
Athletics fund-raising Larry
Price roast

BELLY LAUGHS, big grins and lots of giggles filled the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel’s Hawaii ballroom last week Thursday as nearly 1,000 showed up to toast (and roast) Larry Price at the inaugural OIA Athletic Foundation’s Katoosh! Education Through Athletics fund-raiser. The Honolulu Jazz Quartet set the mood for the evening while Ginny Tiu and Johnny Valentine swooned the dinner crowd. Henry Kapono Ka’aihue took the stage to reveal that Price played coach to him on the football field and in the arena of life. Ka’aihue played an instrumental piece on his electric guitar, explaining that it was Price who taught him that song. He closed his music session with Sailing, a song he wrote for his father, and dedicated it to the guest of honor: “There were two people who impacted my life when I was young, my dad and Coach Price.” Official roasters included Augie T. and Clear Channel Radio general manager Chuck Cotton. In their skit, the Island 98.5 jock joked about similarities between him and Coach - they both grew up in Kalihi, both boxed. “And Coach has numerous degrees, I wear Degree deodorant.”

Others taking their turn at poking a fork in the guy on the right were Karen Keawehawaii, Frank DeLima, KGMB general manager Rick Blangiardi and Gov. Linda Lingle. KSSK morning show co-host for 23 years, the guy on the left, Mike Perry, was master of ceremonies, while fellow KSSKers Sweetie Pacarro and Jamie Hartnett kept things moving with precise timing and planning. The coach capped off the evening with these words, “It’s better to be insulted than forgotten.” ... KHNL morning anchor Angela Keen will tie the knot this summer in Vegas. But when plans for her June nuptials collapsed, it was near disaster! Keen just found out that the original site for her reception, the Tropicana, is due for demolition! No worries, though, as the “coconut wireless” came to the rescue. Former Honolulu resident Bruce Herman of the Golden Nugget answered her call -literally! The popular local stop for island residents visiting Sin City will play new reception host. Mr. Aloha Danny Kaleikini is also part of this rescue mission. Kaleikini has close ties to the Nugget. He made a call there for Keen and asked his pals to take good care of her. The talented newscaster will marry local boy and surfer Norm Tabije. ... There are more good deeds from island folks to talk about with Kailua resident Karen Merrill. The Punahou alum lends her expertise as a recipient of the American Council of Exercise’s personal trainer of the year award to those affected by cancer. She’s the driving force and creator of Ho’ola Cancer Exercise Wellness Program, a 10-week class specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors.

Participants can expect to regain strength and health lost to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Merrill is a godsend; her program is equally divine and it works - I should know, I’ve done it. The next session of twice weekly one-hour classes starts April 18 at the Honolulu Club. It’s free! Call 284-5150 to sign up, and visit for more information ... The keiki of Hui Malama O Ke Kai, a prevention and wellness program out of Waimanalo, are on their way to Aotearoa. Supporters of the program held a fundraiser at Don Ho‘s Island Grill to raise funds for the culture and education excursion. More than 500 contributed last weekend as Inoa’ole, Manoa Backyard, Randy Lorenzo and comic Kaleo Pilanca entertained. If you want to help, contact Hui Malama O Ke Kai at 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy. #201 B, Waimanalo 96795. The group plans to leave in two weeks. ... And in the category of wearable electronics, you’ll find Oakley’s THUMP sunglasses that can hold up to 120 songs (512MB version), thanks to a built-in MP3 player. Its sleek design loses the cord. Get a pair and join other fans of the mini music player like Lance Armstrong and Makaha’s Russ Keaulana. ...

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