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March 01, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

IT’S NO SECRET that the NFL wants nothing to do with Sin City. The NBA, however, has scheduled the 2007 All Star Game in Vegas. Among the few caveats in the deal: The casinos cannot accept any bets on the game. With gambling legal in every state the NFL and NBA call home (except the Jazz in Utah), one wonders if they would change their position for a piece of the action.

Michael Schumacher, winner 2005 U.S. Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher, winner 2005 U.S. Grand

THE LAS VEGAS Grand Prix Formula 1 race fans are familiar with the Michelin tire problems that plagued the Indianapolis F1 Grand Prix prior to its contract expiring this year.

Race officials say Vegas is tops on their list if Indy is iffy.

THE FRE-MONT paid out some major kala ... from Honolulu, Dathan K won $12,000 on the $5 Red, White & Blue machine; Jason Yoshimura of Kailua hit the $5 RW&B for $25,000! Stephanie Bowes of Waimanalo won $25,000 on a Black/Gold $5 machine.

Larry Shiroma (left), Hawaiian Airlines’ 2005 Employee of the Year, is congratulated by president and CEO Mark Dunkerley

Larry Shiroma (left), Hawaiian Airlines’ 2005
Employee of the Year, is congratulated by president
and CEO Mark Dunkerley

AND CONGRATS to Larry Shiroma, Hawaiian Airlines employee of the year! Larry joined the Hawaiian Air team to stay busy after retiring from the Pearl Harbor Shipyard. In addition a photo op with the boss,

Larry’s hard work got him a $500 bonus, a pair of first class tickets, 125,000 bonus miles and more.

WAYNE MARIA’s (Krater 96 midday guy) favorite band Hootie & the Blowfish signed an exclusive two-year deal at the Silverton, and you (and Wayne) can see them April 22, Aug. 26 and Dec. 31.

BY THE WAY, Krater 96 and OC16 are giving away Vegas trips every day until March 3. Watch OC16 for the song of the day weeknights between 8 and 9, then be the ninth person to call Wayne the following day when the song airs in the noon hour.

DID YOU HEAR that Sheldon Adelson, the founder and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands (the company that owns the Venetian), is selling a little of his personal stock in the company? After posting a historic 59 percent fourth quarter increase, he’s unloading almost 43 million shares, worth about $2 billion ... Don’t worry, after the sale he’ll still own 63 percent of the company’s stock.

THIS WEEK on Kimo’s Vegas we visit with author and gaming expert Basil Nestor, who helps players avoid sucker bets and more. Then we check in with Aiea grad and Las Vegas resident Reimi Marden, who has helped many people and major corporations like the Las Vegas Hilton, Rio, Harrah’s, the U.S. Army and many others, Thursday at 9 a.m. on Sports Radio 1420.

LAS VEGAS Hilton headliner Barry Manilow has a new PBS special called Barry Manilow: Music and Passion. Look for it March 9 on KHET.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in the weekend
MidWeek and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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