Melisa Uchida
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Friday - July 01, 2005

FIRST THEY were yellow, now they come in red, blue, green, white and pink. Nike must’ve known what it was doing when it launched Livestrong bracelets. The bright yellow plastic bands are named after cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. More than 50 million Livestrong bracelets have been sold since the campaign’s birth just over a year ago — 77 cents per $1 (minus production costs) goes for cancer research and education. So far, I have a white bracelet (Easter Seals), blue (Tsunami relief) and yesterday, I bought a green one (the Prostate Cancer Foundation.) Dads … some startling statistics from the Prostate Foundation: Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., hitting 230,000 men per year. One in six men will get prostate cancer. A man is 33 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than a woman is to get breast cancer … From prostates we move to — weddings? Brow and makeup goddess Gerry Davenport Brown and Seaward Grant wed in a small ceremony at the Kahala Mandarin May 17. Guests included Jack Hart, HPU dean of communications, state Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland and a lot of the principal players in Body Guards Hawaii (a new Hawaii-based series Grant is pitching to MTV and major networks) … Gerry’s longtime friends Catherine Acena (chief educator, Paul Brown Salon) and Michelle Lee were also there. Paul Tamaoka did the floral arrangements. He uses flowers from Watanabe’s, and for Gerry’s wedding — green orchids, blush roses and lots and lots of gardenias! The couple interviewed several ministers, but someone referred them to Mike Nelson and they felt an instant connection. He married them as friend Julie Cappelli sang a song for the couple, and during the reception Cappelli sang the couple’s favorite songs to them. Major props to the hotel’s wedding coordinator Grace Chan — “She went above and beyond what she could have,” said Gerry. “Even with lastminute changes, she just rolled with it.” Gerry says she is taking “Grant” as her legal last name, but professionally she’ll stick with Davenport Brown. Paul Brown (where Gerry does makeup and brows) couldn’t make it — he was in Italy … Ohhh, and the cake! Layers of guava, passion fruit and haupia. Mary Catherine’s made the cake and colored it to match the green orchids …

The “Grants” then took a mini honeymoon at the Kahala Mandarin. “It was divine,” the newlyweds agreed … Another divine event happened at the W Hotel Monday night. Ahandful of professional beauty consultants served to about 100 guests at the Vanity Affaire. Dermatologist Dr. Jay L. Grekin, LASIK surgeon Dr. Melanie Tantisira, Connie Gayle (Connie Gayle of Hawaii), “Zen with Jen” (yoga and Pilates) were on hand to provide image consultations with any of the 100 guests. Mrs. Hawaii 2004 Geri Berger attended. And what’s better than mixing lingerie with an open bar and pupus? Models walked the room in Lulu Lackey’s imports— a sexy solution to any Monday night …

Seaward Grant and Gerry
Davenport Brown tie the knot

By the way — Doctors performed 2.8 million Botox injections last year. Forehead wrinkle injections cost about $350 a pop, every three to six months. Sagging skin around the mouth could cost more … Birthdays: Gov. Linda Lingle celebrated a belated birthday by catching a flick with friends. She chose the latest Batman movie starring “Mrs. Tom CruiseKatie Holmes. Random thought: Did you see Cruise on Today with Matt Lauer? He freaked out on Lauer because Lauer asked him why he so adamantly opposes psychiatry and psychiatric drugs. Cruise yelled at Lauer, told him he didn’t know what he was talking about and continued to yell about how much he (Cruise) had researched and he “knew” what Lauer didn’t. In two words: spoiled brat. I hope Katie Holmes knows what she’s adopting. He appears to be a very spoiled big child … K5’s Stephanie Lum had dinner with family and friends at Sansei Waikiki… Co-founder of the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase, Jeff Katts, celebrated his 34th with a private party at O Lounge. Friends filled the back VIP room and fed the birthday boy shots of Patron. Katts is currently working on his latest film project, The Hidden Battle. The non- SAG production is filming this month on Oahu. The premise: Angels and demons make a bet over who can control one human being. The rules are clear. The stakes are high. Winner takes the human’s soul. The Hidden Battle is the first in a series of angel and demon films for Katts … Duane “Dog” Chapman appeared on Jay Leno’s show with Paris Hilton teaching Bounty Hunting 101: 1) Prostitutes are the best sources and resources when tracking down the bad guys. 2) Don’t hold a key to the cuffs of the person you’ve captured. He says they beg, plead, offer money — anything to be released. Even if he feels sorry for them, all he can say is “Sorry, I don’t have the key” and mean it … Coming up: Nathan Aipa is chairing the Kokua Festival for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, July 9-10 at Kailua Beach Park. More than 50 teams are registered, thousands of spectators expected …

Brad Paisley performs at
BayFest 2005 Sunday

Also in Kailua: the Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs down Kainalu Drive. “It’s really local to us, homegrown,” says Rosie Gooding. Last year, Bead It owner Brendan Barry threw out packets of red, white and blue beads with string and directions. Rosie says the beads were big enough for her and her 4-year-old grandson Kana‘i to use together. This year, Bead It instructor Vanessa Hohn says they’ll be handing out American flag clay beads. Sharlene Tamura will decorate Barry’s rims with giant Styrofoam hibiscus, just as she did last year … More MMA: Extreme Wars X-1 happens at the Neal Blaisdell Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. UFC Vet Ronald “Machine Gun” Jhun faces Adam “Bam Bam Banger” Lynn. Four-time Golden Glove and two-time Muay Thai champion Mark Moreno is stepping in the ring with Chris “West Side Strangler” Brennen (threetime King of the Cage). Kaleo Kwan from Waimanalo, Brazilian Johnny Sampaio and Harris Sarmiento are just some of the other big names on the ticket. Tickets ($35-$100 ringside) available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Times Super Markets … .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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