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Check out Michael Jordan in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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

DANCING WITH Le Reve ... Look for the entire cast (all 19) from the Wynn Las Vegas show Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. when they appear on Dancing with the Stars on KITV4.

THE NIGHT the lights went out in Vegas ... For the first time, Las Vegas participated in Earth Hour and it was chickenskin seeing the Strip black out ... Even the beam on the Luxor went dark. Of course, the inside of the casinos were fully lit, and the slot machines didn’t know the difference ... As Jay Leno pointed out, “Does anyone remember when we used to call it Earth Day?”

BY THE TIME it’s over, $12 billion is what the experts believe will be wagered on the NCAA tournament.


OPENING THIS WEEK at the Planet Hollywood is Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the Basketball Hall of Fame Hoop Hall Experience. Check out Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point jersey or the hardwood where Michael Jordan took his final shot. The HHX is loaded with memorabilia, interactive games and videos of the best moments in the history of hoops.

STARTING MAY1 you can get those cool adidas shoes you see the Japanese tourists wearing at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas. Y-3, the brand that defines the future of sportswear, partners designer Yohji Yamamoto with shoemaker adidas.

THE RIVIERA missed a $4 million interest payment and hinted that it may file for bankruptcy. The company said in a statement, “There will be no effect on our team members, vendors and most importantly our customers.” They also said that the soft economy, lower room rates from competitors and the loss of convention business are to blame.

Carlos Santana has a gig at The Joint starting May 27

THE LAS VEGAS Sands Corp. laid off 283 people last week - pretty manini when your payroll is more than 7,000 ... unless you’re the beholder of one of those pink slips.

THE DECLINING real estate market got Steve Wynn a break on his rent ... The villa suite in the hotel that bears his name dropped his rent from $580,000 to $520,000 a year.

FAMOUS LAS VEGAS QUOTE: “Las Vegas is sort of like what God would build if he had the money” -Steve Wynn.

THE GRAMMY AWARD-winning Carlos Santana gets a Vegas residency ... The man who Rolling Stone had at 15 on its list of top 100 guitarists begins a 36-show run starting May 27 at The Joint, the newly remodeled and expanded 4,200-seat concert hall in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

SOME THINGS never get old ... The New Kids on the Block performs at the Pearl in the Palms Casino Resort July 11. The band created by part-time Isle resident Maurice Starr released its first album in 1986. By the time they broke up in 1995, they had sold more than 80 million albums.

AT THE MAIN entrance to the Luxor, you can enter to win Criss Angel’s 2006 Corvette or $25,000 in cash.

AT THE CAL ... Mitsuko Masuoka of Mililani won $5,000, Janet Yamamoto of Kaneohe won $5,836, Laurie Namohala of Mililani won $7,772 and Danny Collier of Wailuku won $10,000.

WIN A TRIP for two to Las Vegas (text OCEANIC VEGAS to 32862) and get more Kimo’s Vegas online at,, and right here in MidWeek.

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