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Melisa Uchida
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Friday - August 26, 2005
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Kyle Sekimoto, Anthony Ferreira, Justin Fujioka
and Kim and Ron Lee at Karaoke Room 2

Karaoke Room 2 on Kapiolani is the newest hangout for Hawaii’s news teams. Regardless of ratings — they come together to sing their favorite songs and just let loose. Friends said farewell to KHNL producer Kyle Sekimoto last weekend in one of Karaoke Room 2’s private rooms. They grinded on poke, edamame and baked brie (compliments of K 5 producer Anthony Ferreira). He adopted the recipe from MidWeek columnist Jade Moon. The recipe: Spread guava jam over a sheet of thawed Pepperidge Farm pastry puff. Sprinkle sliced almonds and softened dried cranberries over the jam and wrap the brie inside the pastry puff. Paint the entire round with an egg and water solution. Press sliced almonds all over the pastry and bake (400 degrees, pre-heated) for 20-25 minutes. Ono! … Another News 8 producer Kim Lee and hubby Ron stopped by with na pupu, but wouldn’t take the mic. Former reporter Sharon Chen made an appearance with her newly permed hairdo! Short, sassy and very cute … Other celebrity types prefer quieter evenings … Like Edgy Lee and close friend Philana Bouvier, who spent Friday night at Edgy’s Makiki home, drinking champagne and eating mango/banana bread. Comedian and artist Frank Shaner and his sister Trisha stopped by for the intimate evening … More artists hit the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell where 420 exhibitors showed their stuff to more than 30,000 buyers and browsers. Items ranged from hand-carved lomi lomi sticks to fossil jewelry. Wes and Fran Cummings both have a passion for archeology. They live in Waikiki, but dig for fossils around the world. They say even fossilized animal poop makes beautiful jewelry. Their business cards read “TWO TEACHERS DIGGING SCIENCE GEMSTONE JEWELRY & FOSSILS.”


Their passion turned into a business when Fran took up wire-wrapping. She started wrapping the fossils and wearing them as pendants. “A woman came up to me in the store and just said, ‘I love your necklace, where did you get it?’ When I told her I made it, she asked if she could buy it off my neck!” Their jewelry is unique and gorgeous. Kahawai Pratt hand-carves tikis. “Juny” makes jewelry and honu out of opihi. For a lomi lomi stick — e-mail Ronald at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). They are carved out of guava wood and let you dig into those hard to reach spots (like underneath the shoulder blade.) Hold the stick in place for a few seconds — and ahhhhh. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve bought myself in a long time. Not only did thousands of shoppers stock up on early Christmas shopping, but Joe Detro says it’s a way to support Hawaii’s economy. “We started in 1995 with 80 exhibitors,” he said as he opened his arms to the crowd around him. Now, the festivals fill both the exhibition hall and the arena. Hoku award winners Raiatea Helm, Nathan Aweau (Hapa) and Brittni Paiva all performed … While everyone at the Blaisdell was keeping it Hawaiian, people in Hawaii Kai were showing Hawaii the rest of the world. Koko Marina’s International Festival was a fundraiser for the Friends of Hanauma Bay. Upon arrival, “travelers checked in” and received their “passports.” They started in America with hot dogs and hamburgers (courtesy of The Shack), but were guided through Asia, Europe and South America with succulent foods, art and fashion.


Philana Bouvier, Edgy Lee, Frank and
Trish Shaner party at Edgy’s place

Assaggio gave visitors a taste of Italy with Rigatoni Arrabiata and sausage and pepper potatoes. The Greek Marina provided falafel lamb gyros … Go Jimmy Go had its last summer show at Anna Bannana’s, then headed out to tour California and Washington … Congratulations to Kellie Harris, new director of operations at Compadres — and my former schoolmate! The Maryknoll alumna has been a manager at the Ward Centre hotspot for about five years, and says she loves her new position. “I finally get to see how many people love Compadres!” (via mail). She’s also learning a lot about the restaurant business. At 31, she’s lucky and young to have landed her new gig. Her husband, Leslie James Harris, is a firefighter at the Nanakuli Fire Station and plays ukulele for the band Kalaeloa. They play at Compadres Friday nights, 9 -midnight. The Compadres Tequila Festival, Sept. 1-16, will feature different tequila every day and night. The kick-off party will have mariachi, a tiki bar with flavored tequila margaritas, prizes, raffles, super hot tequila girls and special tequila menus. Every week: Monday Margaritas night with $2 margaritas and $10 pitchers; $1 Taco Tuesdays and $2 select beers;  Thursdays: $1 nachos and $2.50 margaritas 4-6 p.m. WB anchor (in San Diego) Dave Carlin was in town and spotted having dinner with K5 anchor Walter Makaula at Indigo More TV talks in development: Photographer and producer and scout Christina Simpkins, and actress and producer Eileen Grubba are in talks with NBC about a loosely scripted documentary style TV series. It’s sort of a Œday in the life of show about young people in Hawaii. More details as things firm up And HERE Network joined Google video and is actively seeking scripts. If you have scripts for HERE, call Christina at 391-3217

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