Melisa Uchida
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Friday - August 19, 2005

Busy OHA media production specialist Aukai Reynolds
takes a break with Jessica James at
Bucca De Beppo

I picked up last week’s edition of MidWeek-The Weekend and the front cover read: “Digital Hawaiian Immersion.” I flipped to Alison Stewart’s column and, sure enough, there was a picture of the program I’d bought two days before. I have listened to the first CD three times now on my drive to and from work. It’s a great introduction to those who missed Hawaiian class or are new to the island … Aloha kakahiaka! Definitely worth the $19.95, but you’ll find it in the Hawaiian section — rather than the foreign language section — at Barnes & Noble … With the Akaka Bill undecided, OHA media production specialist Aukai Reynolds hasn’t gotten a break since producing OHA’s first major series on Hawaiian issues, Hooulu Lahui Aloha: To Raise a Beloved Nation.

Rob and Victoria Page celebrating their birthdays at
Bucca de Beppo

He’s been traveling to D.C. and was hoping to get some time to relax before his next big production, but doesn’t look like that will happen …  He did squeeze in time to celebrate Rob and Victoria Page’s b-days at Buca de Beppo with another 40 friends. The newlyweds have been married a year and a half. “We got married on Feb. 20,” said Rob proudly. “I know, because it’s engraved inside my wedding ring,” he laughed as he showed the table. How smart! There’s no excuse for forgetting an anniversary. Victoria is one year older than Rob, but still got carded! “That’s the best birthday present right there,” she said. The 33-year-old director at the National Kidney Foundation looks about 19. KSSK AEs Jessica James and Charity Fincher dove into garlicky pizza and giant plates of pasta as food piled on the tables. Warning: Parking on a Saturday night can take up to 45 minutes …

Charity met her favorite TV star, Duane “Dog” Chapman, earlier Saturday on Lanikai beach. “He was just hanging out with his family and a lot of kids.” Charity said The Dog gave her friend Julie Moss “baby walking tips.” She’s been trying to teach her 9-month-old to walk. Dog suggested she hold him up with a cloth diaper … and guide him. This will help him gain confidence by standing on his own. He won’t feel the need to hold onto someone or something and won’t be afraid to fall. The Dog guarantees he’ll be walking on his own within “two days.” I’ll get back to you on the results … Charity could be Dog’s biggest fan. I run a close second. I love watching a reality show that accomplishes something positive and features genuinely good people. Dog, if you’re reading this, I’d love an autographed photo! (With the whole family of course!) Ever since his wife Beth gave her shoes to the barefoot crack head they took into custody, I’ve been hooked … More tough guys: Super Brawl is no more. The MMA enterprise is now called “Icon Sport.” The idea, says marketing director Patrick Freitas, is to take the emphasis off fighting and put it on the fighter. And the sport is getting a lot of attention. Anthony Torres is the first local fighter to be featured on Spike TV’s Ultimate Fighter — season II premieres Monday, Aug. 22. Last season’s finale had 10 million viewers, so it kind of makes Torres the Jasmine Trias of ultimate fighting.

The 27-year-old federal corrections officer lived in a house in Las Vegas with 17 other fighters. They lived together, trained together and fought each other. One fighter eliminated each week. You have to watch to see how far Torres makes it! Monday nights, Spike TV … Sport Icon producer T.J. Thompson is hitting his home gym daily, training for his upcoming 40th b-day. The fighter turned MMA event producer says he plans to fight when he’s 40 and is totally committed to his goal … MMA champ Jason Miller is dating local comedian Kathy Tanaka from Reel Stories, Jason Suapaia’s show on OC 16 that’s been getting great reviews … T.J. and Patrick are launching a new radio show on KKEA on Monday mornings starting in September. The Steinlager Icon Sport Hour follows The Bobby Curran Show and precedes Ultimate FighterTraci Lords is heading to Hawaii for Girl Fest. The former adult movie star turned film producer is launching her latest film on date rape. Her appearance coincides with UH’s Rape Free Initiative and Girl Fest’s weeklong international event to stop violence against women through education and art. Other speakers include Jackson Katz, former member of the U.S. Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, Elaine Brown, the first and only female leader of the Black Panthers, and more. For details or to find out how to become a volunteer, log onto A hui hou!

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