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September 16, 2005 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas! This week on Sports Radio 1420 AM check out Las Vegas expert and senior vice president of public relations for the MGM Mirage Group, Alan Feldman. Then find out what Richard Heftel, ex-Island resident and broadcast executive now “V” Ultimate showroom owner, has been up to!

WHO SAYS Vegas is only for adults? At the Adventure Dome in Circus Circus, the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ride debuts.

INDUSTRY magazine Billboard has just declared Las Vegas the hippest city in the country (us locals have known this for years). In the cover story “Las Vegas High Rollers” George Maloof (president of the Palms Casino Resort), Peter Morton (chairman, Hard Rock Hotel) and Steve Wynn (chairman, Wynn Resorts) talk about what the hotels are doing that is making Las Vegas an entertainment destination.

WHAT HAS 3,000 rooms, a 75,000-square-foot casino, 300,000 square feet of convention space and costs more than a billion dollars? The Starwood’s new W hotel in Las Vegas.

HURRICANE Katrina has displaced thousands and thousands of people -including the New Orleans Hornets - as homeless. The buzz is that they may be nesting in Las Vegas.

KIMO’S VEGAS Tip: The Tunnel connects the airport to I-15 and the only time you should let the cabbie take this route is if you’re going to the Mandalay Bay, the Luxor, the Silverton, Klondike and some residential areas. Cab drivers will say it saves time, but in reality it’ll cost you a couple of minutes and a few bucks more.

Campbell grad Raven O in

HAPPY B-DAY wishes to the cast of Zumanity for turning two this week. Hang with them one hour before the first show or one hour after the second show and look for locals Raven O (Campbell grad) and Melle (Kamehameha grad).

THE LINES are starting to form ... Megabucks is 21 (as in million) and we are rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of its last hit on Halloween at the Palms. For the record ... the record Megabucks Jackpot was $39.7 million hit on March 21, 2003 at the Excalibur.

THE ALADDIN to Planet Hollywood metamorphosis starts next month. The Middle Eastern theme is officially history (many believe this is what hindered the properties’ success over the years). Look for the remodeling to be done by the end of 2006 and property to become more like the Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand.

THE BLUE Man Group opens Oct. 15 at the Venetian in a theater that was designed and built for their show. Look for it where the night club C2K used to be.

SPEAKIN’of the Venetian, The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum has unveiled its latest exhibit, “Russia! The Majesty Of The Tsars: Treasures From the Kremlin Museum.” With more than 140 objects, see the rarest, most remarkable treasures of the 16th and 17th century rulers of Russia.

THE MOTOR Trend International Car Show rolls into the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 25-27. See the newest cars, trucks, minivans, SUVs and concept cars. Or you can check it out in April at the Hawaii Convention Center.

LA BETE in the Wynn Las Vegas will close late next month and reopen in December as “Tryst,” just in time to host the premiere Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas with Brickwood Galuteria Fridays at 7:35 a.m. on Hawaiian105 KINE. E-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to win tickets to see “V” the Ultimate Variety Show at the Aladdin!

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