Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - March 31, 2006

DANCING THEIR way in and out of Honolulu last weekend were the celebrity faculty of choreographers from New York City’s Broadway Dance Center. The group included local favorite and Farrington grad, Gil Duldulao (Janet Jackson, Britney Spears), Brian Friedman (So You Think You Can Dance, Britney Spears), Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance, Celine Dion‘s A New Day) and Cris Judd (Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez). The star-studded cast held a two-day workshop at the Waikiki Beach Marriott. The resort’s event manager, Ross Saito, and crew worked with BDC’s director of PR and marketing, Pam Chancey, assistant director Mary Andreasen and registration manager Trevor Tamashiro to keep things moving and on schedule.

(from left) Kristine Uyeno, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd and Angela Keen on the KHNL News 8 morning show
(from left) Kristine Uyeno, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd
and Angela Keen on the KHNL News 8 morning show

Tamashiro is a local boy from Aiea whose mom lives right here on Oahu! That was just one of many highlights for myself and the rest of the KHNL News 8 morning show crew who enjoyed the op to chat with Friedman and Judd as they stopped by the studio last week Friday for an interview with anchors Angela Keen and Kristine Uyeno. After leaving the studio, Friedman had to make an important stop - at his favorite shrimp truck on the North Shore. And later that night, Keen and fellow KHNL staffer, sound engineer Dayton Oshiro, and I met up with the guys again, this time also meeting Duldulao and Michaels. The intimate setting of less than 15 made the evening even more enjoyable. Another high came when Friedman, Judd and Keen broke into a series of remember-this-one dance moves including the Roger Rabbit, Prep and Smurf. We learned from Judd, by the way, that dance moves no longer have names; it’s all about freestyle nowadays. We also learned many other things from Judd, who shared personal and funny stories about his road to fame - sorry, I won’t give you any more than that, you just had to be there. Judd turns out to be a true local boy himself, having grown up on Oahu, attending Aliamanu and Nimitz elementary schools.

Two BDC staff members unable to make the Honolulu tour stop are April Cook and Allison Hayn. I hear the ladies will join the group for its second city appearance in Vegas this weekend. ... Another celebrity who did her own two-step in Honolulu last week is shoe designer to the stars Beverly Feldman. Your feet could be in the same - or at least similar - shoes as Oprah, Milania Trump and Katie Couric. Find Feldman’s Hawaii-inspired spring collection,Aloha My Diva, at The Sandal Tree in Ala Moana. ... Speaking of the center, a favorite stop for many is Romano’s Macaroni Grill. There you’ll find the talented songstress Shawna Masuda (Cats, Miss Saigon), who works as a saluta. Recently, Masuda shared an impromptu reunion with Cats stage manager, Theresa Riedman, wig assistant, Kim Villasenor, show photographer, Gene Allen and fellow cast member Chandler Cone, who dined and cheered as Masuda sang the b-day song to guests celebrating their special day. ... You already hear him on the local radio waves. Now, you’ll see him on the national TV air-waves too! I’m highlighting none other than KHVH news radio host (and fellow MidWeek columnist) Rick Hamada. FOX news network western region correspondent William La Jeunesse interviewed Hamada at his Clear Channel studio. Catch the interview as the two discuss Hawaii’s gas cap law and the upcoming U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka and U.S. Rep. Ed Case. ...

Another note in the world of radio comes as a corrective blonde highlight. In a previous column I introduced readers to the new 101.1 FM station. I mistakenly gave its call letters as KDNC. The station is actually KXRG-LP (low power) and is calling itself Energy 101, Hawaii’s Dance Station. E kala mai ia’u Jay Dietz, president of Ohana Broadcasters, the nonprofit org that operates KXRG. ... Keeping things in Waikiki is the Junior League of Honolulu’s HerStory 2006 keynote speaker, Liz Murray. Murray makes her Honolulu stop at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. You might have heard of Murray’s Homeless to Harvard story on the Lifetime Movie Network. Mayor Mufi Hannemann (a Harvard grad) proclaims Friday (March 31) Liz Murray Day in Honolulu. Murray is expected to graduate from Harvard next year with a degree in psychology. ...

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