Melisa Uchida
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Friday - June 15, 2005

Jamie Hanner, Kevin Miller, Lulu Lackey, Chad
Allenbaugh, Philana Bouvier and Dr. Robert
Schulz get together aboard Allenbaugh’s yacht

IF YOU heard Miss Hawaii 2005 Malika Dudley sing last week, her French is as good as her voice. The 23-year-old graduate student speaks the language fluently. Malika, her two sisters and brother are all bilingual. Their parents met in France, fell in love, and Dad (who’s from Hilo) brought Mom back to Hawaii with him. So the kids speak French to their mother and English to their father … Now Malika is getting ready for Miss America — which means Miss Hawaii 2004 finally gets some downtime with friends. Olena Rubin never left her job at Alan Wong’s during her Miss Hawaiiship, and will continue to work there. She’s given up the Mercedes Benz and Hawaiian Airlines pass, but she gets to keep her crown — once her friends stop trying it on … KHNL anchor Howard Dashefsky hosted this year’s pageant, as he does every year. This year might’ve been a little rough on his legs, though. Dash completed the Honu Half Ironman in 6 hours, 41 minutes — not too far behind winner Chris Hauth (4:15), who also won the North Shore Tri a few weeks ago. The Honu Half is a qualifier for The IronMan, but Dash says he wasn’t trying. “I wouldn’t pretend I could do an IronMan,” he said. No … but he did finish the 1.2-mile swim, 56- mile bike and 13.1-mile run — in brutal conditions (40 mph wind gusts in mid-day heat). Triathletes from around the globe competed in the race. They ranged from 17 to 74 years old … Stephanie Lum also did the North Shore Tri — her first triathlon, but definitely not her last. And Happy B-day to the TV anchor! She celebrated with friends and family at Sansei Waikiki …

MORE celebrities: B.J. Schanzle or “Aunty BJ” (short for Billie Jean) has read the hands of dozens of local celebs including Gregg Hammer, Tiny Tadani, Sistah Robi, former Miss Universe Brook Lee, Makana, KQMQ’s Mandy in the Morning, Amy Gilliom, Robert Cazimero, Jason Scott Lee and Ricky Martin. She says she met Martin early in his career and told him a Grammy was in his future. She says she reads “Portagee-style” — the tops of hands, not the palms. She asks if you’re right- or left-handed, your b-day, and then you play “rock, paper, scissors” — and shake your hand out into “paper.” Her “microwave reading” is what you get if you run into her on the street, but charges full price for a 30- or 60-minute reading, complete with tarot cards and crystals. Call 949-3369 for an appointment. B.J. has also read both halves of Hapa’s hands — Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau. I caught up with Nathan Friday night at Chai’s Bistro during his regular pau hana performance. Aweau is finally establishing a name for himself as a solo artist, in addition to performing with Flanagan. Aweau played bass in Don Ho’s band for 15 years. But he has released three solo albums. He’s amazing — plays bass (his passion), guitar, piano, keyboard, drums, sings and writes and produces his own music. He won a Hoku in 2003 for “Best Male Vocalist” for his album E Apo Mai. What many don’t know is that he produced the album entirely in his bathroom! Reminds me of Johnny Helm — who used his basement bedroom in Kaimuki to finish his album At Random. Nathan is also a great father — 14-year-old daughter Rachel is a brainiac, but Nathan says she doesn’t get it from his side. Rachel’s summer goal is to read a book a day. And so far — she has. Hapa’s latest album Maui hit the Billboard World Charts at No. 7! …

CAN YOU believe Skyline is a year old? It seems like yesterday it threw its Chicago theme party … I miss the themes — every feline loves a reason to dress up, but I guess dogs do, too. Pooches took to the catwalk at the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Charity Walk last weekend at Magic Island. There were puppies that could dance the hula and pink poodles … 16-year old Joey O’Malley dyed his 4-year-old poodle “Sasha” light pink using Kool-Aid for the dress-your-pet costume contest. “Sasha” looked stunning. Her fuchsia rhinestone collar and paw-print bows completed the look …

‘Hand-reader’ B.J. Schanzle and
Nathan Aweau

IF YOU haven’t heard of local-born performer Scott Katsura, get ready. This young star just released his fourth album Aloha Miles Away — and it’s hot. Scott mixes dance beats with ballads and classical tunes — and he does it well. I’ve never heard an album like Aloha and, honestly, I’m impressed. His production team includes Martin Bejerano (2005 Grammy nominee for “Best Instrumental Jazz Album”) and David Velarde (background vocals). Velarde is also the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar. Gene Paul mastered the CD (son of legendary Les Paul of Gibson Guitars). Scott’s signed with Airtime Recording Company in NYC. He’s back home for a bit and performed a few songs from his new album at the PetWalk to help the Hawaiian Humane Society …

COMING UP — A Vanity Affaire: An evening of indulgence. Not to worry, vanity is not required, but ID is for the lingerie fashion show and complimentary martinis. You don’t have to be a Hilton to indulge. Glamour is an illusion and an attitude — and you’ll learn from the best. Chad Allenbaugh of The Sailing Club Hawaii will explain how private charters will impress — be it your boss or future fiance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Schulz will give free Restalyn injections (by appointment only). It’s better than Botox, I hear. The doc told me I’m already a good candidate because of the way my brows come together when I’m upset or concentrating. Great. But it’s a faster, cheaper alternative to a full face lift, which is becoming more and more popular for men these days. Men used to look more “distinguished” with age, while women just looked old. Those days are over. Schulz says his male face-lift patients have doubled over the last few years. And for women, butts are beginning to beat breasts … Women want firm, rounded buttocks, and for those who don’t have time for hundreds of lunges a day, implants are an option. Schulz says they are more and more popular thanks to voluptuous stars like J-Lo and other “real” women. The doc will give free mini-consultations Monday night. Angelina Jolie, watch out! I want those seductive lips! And anything goes at Vanity Affaire. This party is only for those who dare to self-indulge. Kevin Miller (Hawaiian Firesurf Company) will also be there to demonstrate his intimate island surf retreat. The event is hosted by Kalai Miller, a Bouvier Production … light pupus and Belvedere martinis, 6- 8 p.m. Monday …

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