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January 11, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

MOON KAUKAHI and John and Jerome Koko are back home after their Christmas concert at the Cal with Hoku Zuttermeister. Check them out tonight (Jan. 11) at the Hawaii Theatre before they go back on the road for a couple of shows at California’s Whittier College on Jan.19.Lose (more than) money ... Sharlene Oshiro, who works with the Makaha Sons, said the only thing she brought back from Vegas was the flu!

IF YOU’RE wondering where your money went ... October was another record month for Las Vegas. Gamblers left $1.164 billion in the casinos.The tables won $373.3 million, the slot machines $779.2 million,and the balance went to the poker rooms.

IF YOU MISS the Cheesecake Factory while you’re on vacation in Las Vegas ... worry no more, because one is opening shop in the Grand Lux Cafe at The Shoppes at the Palazzo (the 643-foot, 53-story new wing of the Venetian).

SOME OF last year’s biggest albums - Celine Dion’s Taking Chances, Britney Spears’ Blackout, Bone, Thugs and Harmony’s T.H.U.G.S. and Maroon 5’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long - were all recorded at the Pearl recording studio at the Palms Hotel.

IT’S BEEN 25 years and time to laugh, cry and reminisce with the Castle H.S.class of ‘83! A $75 deposit will hold your special $539 Vacations-Hawaii rate.Hurry - the discount deadline is Jan. 17 for the May 17 festivities.

JOAN O’CONNELL of Kailua won $2,250 and Stanley Sadamitsu of Lihue won $5,156 on the slots at the Cal!

YEP ... the casinos will do anything to separate you from your money.The Flamingo Hotel is using go-go dancers to entice tourists walking the Strip to stop in and try their luck on the nearby tables.

BOTTLE SERVICE is the newest moneymaker for Vegas hotels ... a table at a hot club starts at $400,and a table up front or next to a celeb can go for thousands and thousands of dollars more.

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: If you’re staying at the MGM, now you can check in, make restaurant reservations and purchase show tickets while you wait for your bags! Look for the hotel’s McCarran International Airport check-in station in the South Baggage Claim area.

STARTING NEXT MONTH, sister hotel the Mirage is doing some major room makeovers. See what’s up at

THE FEDERAL Aviation Administration has approved Crown Las Vegas plans to build the tallest hotel tower in the United States. At 1,064 feet, it’s 85 feet shorter than the Stratosphere’s (roomless) tower and 824 feet shorter than originally planned. The $5 billion project will include 5,000 rooms and a 250,000-square-foot casino, and is expected to open in 2011 where the old Wet ‘n Wild used to be.

TOURISM OFFICIALS estimate that last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show was host to more than 140,000 people from 140 countries. Some of the gadgets that premiered at the show (and will be on our store shelves later this year) include a 150-inch plasma TV, super thin (1.7-inch) LCD TVs, a stuffed lion cub that reacts to your touch and a radio-controlled cooler on wheels (for those of us who don’t have rubber floors like they do in the Bud Light commercial).


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