Kimo Akane
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March 04, 2005 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

What do Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Regis and Don Ho have in common?

Don Ho has his own slot machine

If you said they all have their own slot machine, you’re right … the Hawaii Icon has been working and playing in Vegas since Bugsy & the Boys ran the town (circa 1966) “Don Ho’s Kahuna Kash” has all the mana of the Islands … multicolored lei, conch shells, hula dancers, tikis, volcanoes, a fire dance bonus round and, of course, the Don Ho symbols are wild! We’ll talk story with Don and the executives at WMS gaming (makers of the slot) Tuesday at 6 p.m. on KORL AM690.

Did you know that Don and Nancy Sinatra are pals? The legend lives on …

It’s TRUE! The Golden Nugget in Vegas was sold! VP of Sales & Marketing Dan Shumny says the ownership transition should be seamless (guests won’t know the difference) because the management team will remain in place. How much kala does it take to own a Vegas casino? Only $140 million cash and assumption of $155 million in debt. I wonder if the nice folks here at MidWeek will give me a loan … I’m about a $295 million short …

My favorite Vegas ride? The spiral escalator at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops … it just seems wrong for an escalator to go round and round (and up and up or down and down) … and these are the only two in all of the U.S.

If you like your rides more extreme, wait a year then try “Insanity – The Ride.” Imagine yourself 900 feet above the strip, spinning at 40 mph, pulling 3 G’s, 64 feet past the edge of the building! Stratosphere Casino Hotel GM Bobby Ray Harris says, “The Ride is the next level in an ongoing trend of creating the most extreme thrill ride out there.” I say no thanks …

Wynn Casino slated to open on Mrs. Wynn’s birthday (April 28) … will be the tallest tower in Vegas with 45 floors and 514 feet. Used to be the Bellagio had the most expensive average room at $533,000, but Steve’s place will beat that at a cost of $750,000 per room …

Last year’s estimated gross revenue from the top six Las Vegas operators (Boyd Gaming Corp., Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s Entertainment, Mandalay Resort Group, MGM Mirage and Station Casinos) $18.9 billion … I think most of that money is from California … because everyone knows people from Hawaii don’t lose … we break even!

Barry Manilow

The guy who writes the songs … Barry Manilow debuts this month at the Hilton.

Most of us don’t need an excuse to go … but there is still time to join the Campbell High School class of ’75’s 30th reunion March 19-21 at the Boyd properties on Freemont Street, and remember ‘What happens in Vegas …’

Need a better excuse? Try May 15, 2005 — it’s the 100th anniversary of the founding of the City of Las Vegas (you know they’re gonna party).

Ex-Isle Radio Boss Richard Heftel says his favorite Vegas show is V the Ultimate Variety Show … (it should be, he owns it) see it for yourself at the Aladdin Desert Passage.

Thanks for looking over Kimo’s Vegas … send your comments, reunions, funny stories, trip reports, photos and Vegas news to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Link to Don Ho Kahuna Kash web site: video/kahuna_kash/index.

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