Wednesday - September 28, 2005
THIS STATE is getting some unexpected free advertising thanks to professional surfer Sunny Garcia. He’s got a map of the Hawaiian islands tattooed on his side ... Just an entertainment tip: Liza Minnelli’s classic Emmy-winning 1972 Liza With a Z TV special will air on Showtime next year - with a restored negative and improved sound. This long-lost special shows Liza at the pinnacle of her career and in magnificent voice. Her recent marriage lasted about as long as her Hawaii honeymoon ... Everytime I go to LensCrafters for new specs, I admire optician Jo Carmichael‘s hair - more than five feet long cascading down her back.
Hasn’t been cut in about 12 years. Why? Sez she: “Because my dad Art Tanimoto likes it.” Just another item a columnist picks up while waiting for new glasses ... You’re getting old when: You tell a youngster of today that movie usta cost 25 cents - and they think you’re lying ... Too bad they’ve stopped plans to redevelop Waikiki’s International Market Place. So badly needed. Still interesting, tho despite all those carts selling the same kind of trinkets and jewelry ... Occasionally, whenever I run into Lanikai’s Steve Harmon at various entertainment productions, we gab about what’s new in show biz. It’s a subject he knows well. This charming 67-year-old gent is a veteran of the entertainment world since the age of 10. By 15, he was appearing on all the major TV shows and danced with great stars like Juliet Prowse, Gwen Verdon and even the legendary Ginger Rogers. His list of credits would fill a couple columns. Even tho his career is history, I keep trying to get him to come out of retirement for maybe some special function. No luck, yet ... A pal e-mails: “What’s happening to the world? It’s going nuts. The best rapper these days is a white guy. The tallest dribbler in the NBA is Chinese. The Swiss hold the America’s Cup and France is accusing the USA of arrogance.” How you figgah? ... Travelers to Sashimiland have discovered the famed Kobe beef. It’s the most expensive, tastiest and tenderest of steaks - anywhere. However, few know it’s also available right here in Hawaii. True. It’s grown on the Kahua Ranch on the Big Island. Only here it’s called Wagyu beef (name of the special herd). Like Japan’s beef, it’s a costly product and sold only to special customers ... Congrats to the local military for helping clamp down on the crystal meth epidemic in Hawaii. They do good work. Not long ago they nailed a female Pearl Harbor petty officer first class guilty of running a drug lab at her Navy housing. She’s now serving seven years, a reduction in rank, forfeiture in pay and a dishonorable discharge ... Whenever I’m asked who I think in the best broadcaster, the answer (for me) is Mike Wallace star of 60 Minutes. Here’s a guy who’s 87 and looks at least 25 years younger.
His mind is sharp as ever. For those who don’t know, Mike was around for the likes of legendary gangster Al Capone, Adolf Hitler, the bombing of Hiroshoma, the birth of television, etc. He’s the master of confrontational interviews with the powerful. Old school broadcasters like Brokaw, Walters and Rather are fading away, but like that 60 Minutes clock Wallace keeps on ticking and still is the best of interviewers ... The book beat: Hollywood Animal, a new book by Joe Eszterhas (one of the highest-paid screenwriters) drops a bunch of scandalous, funny and outrageous grenades about those who populate the film industry. Great inside stuff by one who really knows ... Congrats to MidWeek columnist and KHVH’s top rated ayem talk show star Rick Hamada, now celebrating his 12th year on the air
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