Hawaii Literacy board member Dr. Wade Takenishi and emcee Devon Nekoba at the second annual Read and Write Awards Gala at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Current I.S. for the Board of Water Supply and former FM100 jock Devon Nekoba was the emcee with entertainment by Vai`hi. Hawaii Prince executive chef Goran Streng made bouillabaisse of lobster en croute, braised boneless beef short ribs and crispy skin island moi. (I asked for mine steamed, and it was absolutely divine! Thank you, chef!) Silent auction items included rounds of golf at Koolau and Waialae,Wilson golf clubs, shiatsu treatments, massages, cuts by Catherine Acena, autographed Kim Taylor Reece books, Tori Richards gift certificates and so much more! The live auction got heated when brothers-in-law Peter Ho and Kevin Kondo (Peter is married to Kevin’s sister Michelle) volleyed back and forth for a round-trip interisland package including air fare for two, two nights at the Four Season Haualalai and golf! Kevin gave up once Peter reached $1,400. Round-trip airfare to L.A. to meet Vanna White went for $1,100. I left “donating” more than $300 on golf stuff and a swimsuit, “but it’s for the children,” my mind convinced itself. I thought about the mobile classroom that travels through Waianae teaching families to read, and tutoring programs at Kuhio Park Terrace and Mayor Wright, and decided — it’s worth every penny … It was fun. The “30-somethings” have picked their cause, and that cause is education. For more information, log onto www.hawaiiliteracy.org … More young professionals are giving back. This time with $60,000. The Gift Foundation presented both the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Waianae Community Redevelopment Corp. with $30,000 checks. Board members BJ Kobyashi, Jeff Arce, Jeff Dinsmore, Kenwei Chong, Peter Ho, Donn Takaki, Michelle Ho, Nedra Manson, Alana Kobayashi, Sean Clark, Nate Smith and Dawn Dunbar doubled the Gift Foundation’s contributions in just a year. For more information, contact Dawn at 551-7803 … Everyone was a winner at the Toots Minvielle 2005 Invitational Regatta, which hosted 50 teams from Hawaii, Tahiti and other islands in the South Pacific. Sunita Kitaoka, Aniolea Clemente, Jordan Aina, Joe Naholowa, Nicole Ferreira and Brian Hosaka paddle for Puuloa Canoe Club. They competed against 120 other paddlers, “but they did really well, they held their own,” said one of the proud pops … Little tidbits … Former Yokozuna Akebono has challenged WWE Wrester Big Show to a sumo match at Wrestle Mania 21, and Big Show accepted! The two goliaths will go face-to-face April 3 at the Staple Center in L.A. “I have absolutely zero sumo experience,” Big Show said in an interview with Smackdown’s Anthony Cali. “But I do have a degree in bashing heads.” The two giants met for the first time this year while the WWE toured Japan. Big Show seems to have a lot of respect for the 5-foot-9- inch, 480-pound sumo grand champion. It should be quite a show. Augie Tulba already made the move from Kalihi to Ewa, is NYC next? The comedian was in L.A. recently and ran into Brad Pitt and Tom Brady (NE Patriots) at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s a whole new life for our homegrown celebrity! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)" />


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Sex sells — and nowhere is that more true than at the second annual Burnin’ Down the House Bachelor Auction at the Ocean Club. Honolulu’s finest firefighters, police officers and EMS workers bared their bods for bids. Those bids went directly to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. My favorite firefighter, Kala`i Miller, hosted the live auction with Star 101.9FM’s Hudson Hott. Women definitely got their money’s worth Friday night. A smile from Kala`i alone would have been worth the admission. I do have one complaint though. “We” (my girls and I) expected this to be a kind-of girlfest … someplace we could admire men with some amount of anonymity. This didn’t happen. Men must have heard about last year’s turnout and figured out — this is where the women were, so this is where they flocked. Every guy I asked had the same reason for being there. “I’m here to support my buddy ‘so-and-so.’” Right. Bids were lower than last year, but the “quality” of Hawaii’s rescuers didn’t waiver. Bachelors sold for $100 to $300. Last year, some topped $800! But no one complained about spending less. “I still can’t afford one!” one of my girlfriends exclaimed. Friends offered to pitch in and buy her a bachelor, but we still came up short of cash. One thing we weren’t short of: men … 22-year old Vinnie Conte decided to help The Cause after he “was dumped” by his girlfriend of four years. Poor guy. Now, he’s looking for a nice athletic girl. When I asked how single, “nice,” “athletic” women could reach him, the EMT responded, “Um, call 9-1-1, I guess.” Officer Ernest Chang is already an auction veteran. He was so nervous last year he turned red, but this time he had moves that would put Michael Jackson to shame. “Yah, I felt much more comfortable,” he said. How could he not with abs like those? (Officer Chang is also training for the Designer Body, Body Building Competition in April.)

Bid, Baby, Bid: Katie Young with ‘Burnin’ Down the House’
bachelors Mitch Kam, Ernest Chang and Vinnie Conte

MidWeek’s Katie Young bid on 31-year old paramedic Mitch Kam. The two are longtime friends, but she hadn’t seen his body tattoos until he bared them on stage. Hand-tapped traditional patterns by Koonie Nunes line Kam’s upper body and legs. The 31-year old says he likes “battle- tested” women. “I like a survivor,” he said. “No flash.” If not with bachelor auctions, there are other yummy ways for women to celebrate spring — Bouvier Productions is bringing fine lingerie and fine wine together at the “Passion of Pinot Noir & the Elegance of Lace” wine tasting event at Formaggio, Monday, 6- 8 p.m. Lulu Lackey will introduce her new spring line of “very colorful” European lingerie. Bid, Baby, Bid: Katie Young with ‘Burnin’ Down the House’ bachelors Mitch Kam, Ernest Chang and Vinnie Conte Philana Bouvier, lingerie model Briana Pinot Noir and the “This is a sensual yet casual line for women of all ages,” says Lackey. On the menu — versatile camis to be worn inside or outside the bedroom, frilly panties and lots of color. Lackey says Lulu Lackey Inc.’s line is for all generations. “We aren’t limited like our grandmas used to be.” Briana Spagnudo will model lingerie while guests satisfy their tastebuds with more than 20 top pinot noirs. Acacia, Au Bon Climat, Chehalem, Crossings, Edna Valley and Whitcraft are just a few. Master sommelier Roberto Viernes will also be there. Reservations required. Call 739-9463 … For separate lingerie showings, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Philana Bouvier, lingerie model Briana Spagnudo and
designer Lulu Lackey are ready for ‘Passion of Pinot Noir
and the Elegance of Lace’ wine-tasting Monday at Formaggio

… I haven’t met many young female go-getters like Philana Bouvier. This 28-year-old workaholic is spunky, sweet and full of ambition. She has the tenacity of a pit bull, the smile of an angel and a heart of gold … You’ll hear more about this one for sure …


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