Melisa Uchida
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Friday - September 09, 2005

AWESOME dads are in the spotlight this week - Myron Enos Sr. received national recognition for quitting his job and borrowing $12,000 to watch his son play ball in the Little League World Championship. He’s is still unemployed, but says he’s had a few offers. He says he’s holding out for something that pays closer to what he was making at his former job. That’s a little over $50,000 ...

Cleve Medeiros and daughter Mindy are opening
Pualani Day Spa

BOTH Myron Jr. (Kili) and Senior paraded from Ewa to Waikiki Monday in the first ever “Parade of Baseball Champions.” The West Oahu/Ewa Beach All Stars each got to ride in his own convertible with his parents. 12-year-old Kili Enos says life is the same, but somehow, I find that hard to believe ... ANOTHER awesome dad teamed up with his grown daughter Mindy Medeiros to open Pualani Day Spa in Kahala. Cleveland Medeiros is a licensed massage therapist specializing in body treatments, alternative healing and nutrition. Mindy is an esthetician, nail technician and makeup artist. Together they make one heck of a team. “It’s always been our dream to work together,” says Cleveland. Their small shop (above Subway and Olive Tree) is immaculate. “You could eat off our floors, they are so clean,” says Cleve. And he’s serious! In line with local tradition, you take your shoes off when entering Pualani. The floors are washed with bleach daily. The equipment is top-ofthe-line. Pualani’s motto: Five-star, one-on-one service that’s affordable. “We really cater to our clients,” says Mindy. For manicures and pedicures, clients get their own rooms. An Ionto Tower is used for facials. Cellulite treatments, body wraps, glycolic peels, waxing and pedicures - you name it, they’ve got it. And all their product lines are top-of-the-line, too. This is a place for people who want results, want to feel catered to, want something affordable and want to help a father and daughter build their dream. Call 734-8822 or visit for more information ... ON TO parties - Labor Day weekend was one continuous party for many, but for paddler Mike Judd (Lanikai) it was a marathon. He went to bed early Friday night to prepare. Saturday morning, he and 150 friends loaded onto buses which brought them to the Aloha Stadium parking lot. The official tailgate party was under way. Official party planner Scott Gamble made sure his “guests” had all the necessities, including a taco bar and “taco bomb.” This is basically a bucket filled with beer. Four tubes run from circles cut out of the bottom of the bucket. Each one has a knob to control the outflow. After chanting “taco bomb ... taco bomb ...” and a countdown of “1, 2, 3” the brew gushes forth. Rachel Leinhart looked very cute in her yellow bikini and red-brimmed beach hat - USC’s colors, but the crowd was mixed 50/50. That didn’t bother these fans, who were there to just have a good time, both before and during the game ... Former UH running back Wes Keliikipi brought his 2-year-old son Journey to his first game. Not only was this Journey’s first tailgate party and football game, but his dad said it was his first too. “I’ve never been to a game,” he said, “not when I’m not playing.” He’s working at AK Appliance now, and said, “It’s nice to be able to sit down and hang out with my family. I never got to do this before” ... The UHUSC game was also a first for online R&B critic/columnist Marco Grainier. He hit Next Door after the game to check out singer and slam poet Jennifer Johns, who’s on Oahu for GiRlFeSt ... SPEAKING of ... Traci Lords landed on Oahu Monday to premiere her directorial debut Sweet Pea as part of GiRlFest’s film festival. The short film is based on one of the chapters of her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All, published by Harper Collins. She’s just wrapped filming Crazy Eights (a horror film) in Annapolis ... and has been busy filming sci-fi and comedy gigs ... check out for a schedule of GiRlFeSt events ... MARCO Grainier did, however, make it to Sunday’s Vertical Junkies bash at the sand bar at Kaneohe Bay along with 1,000 or so other pre-Labor day partiers, including Mike Judd. After a day of UHUSC festivities, he still managed to wake up at 5 a.m. for paddling practice and hit the sand bar afterwards. He raged with buddies Chris Kalima, owner of Airspace Workshop-Dot-Com, and Ryan McClaughlin (Mike’s cousin). HFD’s Kalai Miller saved a duck that was getting lost in the bay. Mike says he used his jet ski to guide the duck to safety. Da boyz teased Kalai about it, but I think that’s pretty sweet. They later hit Zippy’s for chili and fried chicken ... Russ Inouye of Vertical Junkies says it took a lot of friends to get this production under way. They towed in a borrowed barge, which served as a stage for the rock/reggae band Neken. “It was pretty mental,” said Russ. “It’s just a big east side ho`olaulea.” The VJ Sand Bar party only happens twice a year, so longtime friend Gavin Cook felt sick when he heard he’d miss it. But he was playing volleyball at an alumni game in Canada. This party at the sand bar happened to fall on Russ’s dad’s 60th b-day. In Japanese culture, this is called kanreki, taken from the Chinese calendar in which 60 years equals one circle of life. Traditionally, a big feast is held for this age. Russ’s family is no different. He had to leave the masses at the Kaneohe Bay and run home to celebrate with Dad and help cook for about 60 family and friends ... HAPPY b-day, Dad! Dr. Ooch has kanreki this month, too. He celebrated with a trip to Vegas, and three of five kids were able to make the trip and surprise him for a b-day dinner. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them ... HPD raised money for the Special Olympics Hawaii. President and CEO Nancy Bottelo had hoped to raise $200,000. Instead, these COPS ON TOP raised $240,000! “The people of Hawaii showed a lot of aloha,” said Melissa Blake, director of development for the Special Olympics Hawaii. Officers, sheriffs and security forces spent three days atop scaffolding outside Safeway stores across the islands. Three dozen officers took time off work to volunteer, others went right from the scaffolding to work, and hundreds of other volunteers on the ground helped make it possible. Kauai’s Safeway brought in the most money with $2,100, followed by Waimalu ($1,800) and Beretania ($1,300). “There’s always been steep competition between Waimalu and Beretania,” said Melissa, “but this year they had a big gap.” For more information on how you can help, visit ... THE MySpace party at Pipeline rocked. At $15/head, My Spacers got to mingle, meet each other in flesh and blood (other than cyberspace) and drool over hot go-go dancers dressed in bras, boots and itty bitty minis ...


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