Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - March 17, 2006

CLEAR CHANNEL Hawaii is bidding a fond farewell to its favorite Island 98.5 midday girl, Tati Pelegreen! The sayit-like-it-is, no-holds-barred madam of the mic leaves KDNN for San Diego, where she’ll act as co-host for Z90.3’s Chino in Da Morning Show. You may also remember Pelegreen when she lit up the night on Hot 93.9 with then radio partner, Marko. Friends and radio colleagues got together with Pelegreen at the new Tsunami’s for toasts and good luck wishes. Fellow Island jocks Big Steve, Lanai and Tilly were there along with Hot’s Pomai and KreyZ Oshiro, KSSK’s Mike Tabura and Kathy with a K, and CC’s resident DJ K-Smooth.

Other CC-er’s included Patti Ponimoi, Cameron Motts, Colonel Toma, Kamuela Kanekoa, Fred Rico and Laurie Mizuno. I remember the first time I met Pelegreen - going on seven years now - when we were both interns. I asked her what she wanted to do, and she told me she wanted to have her own radio show. It’s wonderful to see friends succeed. She got her own show here and now breaks away to do more in Cali. We’ll miss you, Tati! With the move come changes to Island’s lineup:

Makani takes over for Tati Pelegreen at Island 98.5
Makani takes over for Tati Pelegreen
at Island 98.5

Makani will take over midday duties, Big Teeze moves into afternoon drive, and we’ll wait and listen for the new night guy (or gal). ... Speaking of radio, there’s a new dance station broadcasting on Oahu. Moving into its second week on the air is KDNC 101.1, the brainchild of Jay Dietz. Tune in and hear nonstop dance music. With a small signal, though, only folks in the Honolulu area will catch it. ... Making a stop at the Waikiki Beach Resort next week are members of the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. The group is flying in celebrity choreographers Cris Judd, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and local favorite Gil Duldulao as part of their hip-hop and jazz dance workshop, The Pulse. The workshop is usually held in New York and New Jersey, but they’ve decided to branch out and take the event on tour! You’ll know Michaels and Friedman from Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. ... Another Fox show star, Camille Velasco, stopped by the Hilton Hawaiian Village last week where she performed at the Filipino Centennial Celebration.

Velasco flew in from L.A. for the event and also made an “appearance” on the Filipino radio station, KNDI 1270, which did a live remote from the hotel grounds that same day. ... Season 3 of A&E’s No. 1 rated Hawaii-based show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, premieres on March 21. Duane Dog Chapman and partner Beth Smith will wed on the Big Island in May - the wedding will definitely be one of the highlights of this season. Their Da Kine Bail Bonds business has become a regular tourist stop. ... Mayor Mufi Hannemann officially proclaimed March Maoli Arts Month (MAMo). He presided over an exhibit of Native Hawaiian master artists and their students at Kapolei last Monday. The exhibit is open to the public through the end of the month. In other mayoral news, writer Dawna Robertson of Travel Age West magazine will interview Hannemann for an upcoming issue. But this interview is unlike any other. Robertson wants to focus on the mayor’s thing for karaoke, his favorite songs and karaoke haunts. ... Following up on a previous Blonde Highlight - it’s official! Hawaii’s own Matthew Sojot got the call from producers of the hit show Jeopardy. The federal firefighter will fly to California on March 28 to compete ...

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