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July 08, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Madame Tussauds’ wax

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

THE NEWS of Michael Jackson’s passing no doubt influenced the prices in a memorabilia auction that was scheduled prior to his death. Before the first item went on the block, the entire collection was expected to fetch $6,000. But when the hammer fell for the last time, the 21 items sold for more than $205,000 in Las Vegas. The most expensive item sold was a Swarovski crystal-beaded shirt from the 1984 Victory Tour ($42,000).

ON THE PLANET Hollywood marquee ... an image of Michael Jackson and the caption “You will be missed.”

AT A VEGAS memorabilia store, an autographed image of Michael Jackson and Bubbles was selling for $1,295, and a framed autographed Bad album sold for $2,295.


MEANWHILE, Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museum, put its life-sized likeness of the King of Pop out front so visitors could pay homage for free.

IF YOU’VE BEEN on a plane more than once, odds are you’ve ignored a pre-flight video or two. Southwest Airlines’ David Holmes’s (The Rapping Flight Attendant) video has more than 430,000 YouTube views ... But Air New Zealand is so serious about passenger safety (and making us pay attention) it has invested in a pre-flight video called Bare Essentials that’s even more difficult to ignore. As the title implies, the flight crew is bare (except for their painted-on uniforms) as they review the essentials of flight. Get the links to see both videos at

Janis Anzai of Mililani won $17,600 at the Cal

A BIG KIMO’S VEGAS congrats to Roosevelt grad and HPD Capt. Ken Lee on his three World Series of Poker cashes this year ($13,911), making it a total of six WSOP “cashes” ($35,078) ... Will this be the year someone from Hawaii brings home the WSOP title?

IN BETTE MIDLER’s The Showgirl Must Go On, she gives props to being born and raised in Hawaii, plays the ukulele and makes you laugh and sing from beginning to end. But what really says “I’m from Hawaii” is when the curtain falls at the end of the show and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow plays as you exit the theater ... chickenskin.

AEROSMITH and ZZ Top will Walk This Way and look for some Tush at the MGM Grand July 25.

THE “SONG REMAINS THE SAME” ... The new owners of the Tropicana are promising to return the “Tiffany on the Strip” to its prior brilliance when they take over this month.

CIRCUS CIRCUS has room rates starting at $26.95 a day and keiki under 12 eat free. Call 866-362-8935 and use the code “buffet” for the hookup.

SIGNATURE AT THE MGM Grand is celebrating its third birthday through the end of August. Rates start at $129 and include a $100 beverage credit - and if it’s your birthday, they’ll upgrade you to a one-bedroom suite.

CATCHING THE ROYAL at the Cal’s video poker machines: Wayne Tamashiro of Kapaa and Wanda N. Nishida of Waipahu each won $4,000. Over at the Main Street, Shirley Miyashiro of Honolulu won $15,750 playing Keno, James Nishimoto of Hilo won $7,200, John Moriki of Kaneohe won $7,000 and Janis Anzai of Mililani hit for $17,600.

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