Melisa Uchida
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Friday - July 23, 2005

Happy anniversary Grandma and
Grandpa Uchida!

MY GRANDPARENTS , Phillip and Dorothy Uchida, celebrated 61 years of marriage on July 16. “What are the secrets to a long and happy marriage?” I asked while we celebrated at the Prince Court. “Treat each other good,” my grandpa said and smiled. “Put on weight,” my grandma added. “Sometimes just keep quiet, huh?” my dad said. They went ’round and I got a ton of advice …

Meanwhile, a new generation of hopefuls are taking their vows on TV. Hawaiian Ryan’s new series Hawaii Love Stories premieres Aug. 1. The concept: Local couples tell “their stories” on their wedding days. Episode One features two HPD officers. Expect cultural diversity and conflict to play big roles in the show. “A Tongan marries a Chinese/haole,” “a Korean/Japanese couple” battles cultural clashes and a “Filipino Catholic bride didn’t tell her dad about her boyfriend (fiancé) for three years because she was afraid of upsetting her father.” Hawaii Love Stories debuts Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. on OC 16. … Hawaiian Ryan also is back on the airwaves on 93.1FM. KQMQ’s got a new format — Top 40 — and Hawaiian Ryan’s got the afternoon drive. “We go from Green Day into Mariah Carey, Cold Play into Joss Stone, Maroon Five into Jack Johnson. I love it,” he said … Johnny Helm also joined Visionary Related Entertainment as its new production director. His first day of work was Monday. His threeweek vacation turned into a permanent stay …

Hawaiian Ryan’s ‘Hawaii Love
Stories’ premieres Aug. 1

SLAM POET Kealoha turned 28 at “The Weekend,” aka Hawaiian Ryan’s house. Makana, a bunch of slam poets like Travis T. and Melvin attended. Instead of birthday cards and cake, these artists use their environment as their canvas. Sharpies and crayons were used to sign one of the walls in Hawaiian Ryan’s house. These guys don’t do traditional. Kealoha’s got too many friends anyway. They’d never be able to all sign one card … More celebrations — It’s a good summer for MidWeek editor Don Chapman: A first-place award in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual writing competition — in Community Reporting for his two-part series on the Royal Mausoleum — and an East-West Center fellowship. He’s also one of six American journalists chosen for the first U.S.-Korea Journalists’ Exchange program sponsored by the EWC and Korean Press Association. BTW, the other five Americans he’s touring Korea with represent National Public Radio, Newsday, a Washington, D.C., TV station, the San Francisco Chronicle and Oprah Magazine … CONGRATS COACH! Larry Price received this year’s Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association (HIADA) award. “Coach Larry Price has dedicated his life to students and athletes of Hawaii,” said Dwight Toyama, executive director for OIA. “In honor of his strong commitment and values, HIADA has recognized him with its most distinguished award.” Price started as a water boy at Roosevelt High School. Now, he’s half of KSSK’s Perry & Price Show, a MidWeek columnist, provides color commentary for Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) football on Oceanic Cablevision, serves as president of the OIA Foundation and is the chairman of the state of Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame …

Construction worker Jamie
Tamashiro is a ‘Cosmo’ hottie

COSMOPOLITAN magazine conducts a cross-country search for the hottest bachelors in America. This year, Jamie Tamashiro is the lucky hottie. One of the 26-year old’s friends submitted his picture and Cosmo called him up — asking him to fly to L.A. for the photo shoot. They gave him a week’s notice, but the project manager for Lyle Hamasaki Construction couldn’t leave with such short notice. Mike Mabuni of Seiji Photography (Cosmo’s Bachelor 2000) agreed to take the photos instead. “He’s a “real” model,” Jamie said. They aren’t sexy shirtless photos. Tamashiro was told to dress casual in an “Abercrombie & Fitch” style. “What do you look for in a girl?” I asked. “I’d like to meet a sweet girl,” he said. “I’m a legs person too,” he added. His ideal woman physically is Jennifer Love Hewitt. And, he says, it’s hard to find honest women. “I think everyone likes to put their best foot forward and make a good impression — and you can’t blame them for that, but they end up not being really honest.” He says his best qualities are his honesty and his ability to laugh at himself. “There’s a lot to tease! I’m in construction, but I don’t look like I do any hard labor. At 180, I’m pretty skinny compared to the 400-pound construction workers who tease me,” he said with a laugh. Those much bigger construction workers at Lyle Hamasaki Construction plan to make a hunky calendar this winter. Expect its release in January 2006. The Cosmo bachelor edition is due in November. But in the meantime, you may find Tamashiro hanging out with friends on the weekends at the O Lounge or Maharaja …

COMING UP: The biggest streetcar drag race of the year. Saturday (July 23) at Hawaii Raceway Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission $10; racers run cards $60. Call 485-8767 or 841- 3724 or log onto for more information. They’ll be a post race concert by Kapena and prizes up to $600. Some history: Local racers used to drag race on the abandoned airstrips in Kahuku in the 1940s. By the ’60s it became more difficult to access the abandon airstrips, and illegal street racing began to grow. Honolulu car dealer and racer Jimmy Pflueger saw the need for a permanent/ legal racetrack and put the wheels in motion to lease 80 acres of land at Campbell Industrial Park. Hawaii Raceway Park opened on July 4, 1964, and has been serving the racing community ever since. Local boy and rookie driver Roland Leong drove on opening day. Now he’s considered a legend in the drag racing world … KCCN FM100 Birthday Bash Celebrates 15 years at the Waikiki Shell, Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Friday’s lineup: Fiji, Bruddah Waltah, Ho‘aikane, ‘Ekolu, Koauka, B.E.T., One Groove, C&K, Kekai Boyz and Malino. Saturday: Kapena, Natural Vibrations, Sean Na’auao with Bruddah Waltah, Ho‘onua, Brothers Cazimero, Keahiwai, Inoa‘ole, Opihi Pickers and Kamakaiwa. Tickets are available at the Neal Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations including Times Super Markets. Charge by phone: 1- 877-750-4400 or online at (service charges apply). Ticket prices for one show are $19 for lawn, $19.50 for terrace, and $26 for pool. Shows start at 5:30 both nights.

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