Melisa Uchida
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Friday - October 07, 2005

Yours truly and Russell Shimooka at the Honolulu International Airport
Yours truly and Russell Shimooka at the
Honolulu International Airport

SPORTS IN the spotlight this week - Russell Shimooka spent his weekend on the Big Island working on Inside OC 16. Not only is he the show’s host and producer, but managing director as well. Russell met with the Kealakehe High School football team for its first game since the death of offensive line-man Royden Kalavi. The 17-year-old was killed in a car crash two weeks ago. He was thrown from the back of a pickup truck on his way to the school for a game. Now, coach Sam Papalii is working to heal his team. Russell and cameraman Beau Cuizon captured the team’s recovery. The show aired Tuesday, but repeats throughout the week. On the other side of the Big Island - Rose Ramsey is gaining attention. She is a UH Hilo senior and first-time starter for the UH Hilo Wahine. In fact - this is her first year playing volleyball! Her PE teacher also happens to be the head coach and discovered her in class. Too bad she’ll be graduating this spring. ... CONGRATS TO Michelle Wie! Just days before her 16th birthday and she’s already worth millions! Turning pro opened her up to a killer Nike deal, which is estimated at $4 million-$5 million. She’s already been sporting the Nike gear, but it looks like we’ll be seeing more of those Nike swooshes on the golf course. Wie’s dad, B.J. Wie, had said turning pro wouldn’t happen until the endorsements did. The AP reports Sony’s deal may come close to Nike’s. What a way to celebrate a sweet 16! ...

QUIKSILVER and Billabong are the Nike and Sony of pro surfers. Andy Irons recently attended the grand opening of a new Billabong store in Times Square. Irons is nearing the end of the ASP WCT tour. The three-time world champ wraps this season in December with the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore. According to the latest poll, 27 percent of voters think Joel Parkinson will be the 2005 champion. Although Kelly Slater and Kauai-born Andy Irons (21 percent) seem to be the people’s favorites ... MORE LOCAL kids: Bernadette Baraquio and husband, KHVH morning drive radio host and MidWeek columnist Rick Hamada, were spotted at Compadres last week ... And other local celebs got to play teacher for a day at Moanalua Middle School’s Reading Fair. These celebrities may be generations apart and from different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common - a love for learning. And that’s the message KHNL cop shop reporter Minna Sugimoto, ukulele master Roy Sakuma and Star 101.9FM’s DJ Maleko shared with seventh- and eighth-graders at Moanalua Middle School. Sakuma is the most notable ukulele instructor on the island and, ironically, he was kicked out of school when he was 14. It wasn’t until he met Herb “Ohta-San” that he became a devoted student of music. His mentor changed his life. Mahalo to these volunteers who took the time to inspire and hopefully change even one student’s life by being a role model and teacher ... CHINATOWN’S transformation is gaining notoriety - Hawaii Theatre had its best year this year since reopening in 1996. Mayor Mufi Hannemann deemed Sept. 13 the official Hawaii Theatre Day ...

Yours truly and Russell Shimooka at the Honolulu International Airport
Ukulele master Roy Sakuma, reporter
Minna Sugimoto and DJ Maleko teaching
children to love to read at
Moanalua Middle School

The theater also has several new board members including: Elaine Brown, wife of U.S. Army Gen. John M. Brown, Mary Fallon, wife of Adm. William Fallon (Commander in Chief of the Pacific), Geri Hayes, owner and CEO of Office Pavilion, cookbook author Sally Parker, community volunteer Heidi Snow, and president of Persis Corporation Easton T.G. Manson. They join chairman retired CEO of American Trust Company of Hawaii Robert Midkiff, vice-chairman Mary Weyand, VP Neiman Marcus Al Tomonari, Commercial Data Systems chairman Mark Wong, Ann Swanson and attorney Paul Schraff of Dwyer, Schraff, Meyer, Grant & Green. Hawaii Theatre was named Outstanding Historic Theatre for 2005 after renovations including the marquee and vertical sign. I guess the $33 million restoration project’s been effective ... BAR 35 owner Dave Stewart now has two hotspots in Chinatown and a third on the way. Unlike Indigo’s Eurasian feel, Stewart’s Bar 35 on Hotel Street has an urban/San Francisco vibe, and he’s building a beer garden in the back. Liquid Planet’s Mark Quinton has been spotted there more than once. Keep your eyes open for his third venture, a new wine bar on Bethel Street coming soon ... AMANDA SCHULL and Joan Boada from the San Francisco Ballet, Sascha Redetsky and Stella Abrera from the American Ballet Theatre, and several dancers from Maui star in The Nutcracker. I know - Christmas already?

It’s coming quickly. Anne Namba designed the costumes for some of the performances. For ticket information, call 1-877-750-4400 or go to Dinner and theater go hand-in-hand. Macaroni Grill opens at Ala Moana Center in November. Darren Yasui will be the GM, says owner Randy Schoch. Yasui’s a Kaiser grad who once worked at Swiss Inn in Niu Valley. He’s got plenty of experience having also worked at Byron II Steakhouse, Plumeria Beach Café, Waialae Country Club, Magoo’s, Hoku’s and Sam Choy’s. Wife Dawn and daughters Chelsea and Tanya couldn’t be more proud. Macaroni Grill is holding walk-in interviews through Oct. 7. Macaroni’s is looking for hosts, servers, bus boys, bartenders, expos, cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, support staff and singers. Interested applicants should apply in person at 1585 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1400, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ... BABIES ARE still the trend, and mommies - Baby Boot Camp is here! The program’s designed specifically for postpartum women with stroller-age babies. It’s the perfect workout for new moms. Not only will you meet other new moms, but lose some of that pregnancy weight. Kapolei will have its first class Oct. 13, 8:45-10 a.m. at the Kapolei Community Center. Reservations required. Call 754-6169 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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