Friday - September 16, 2005
Drew Kolodny, Kathrin Atnafu and Jack Brennan off
Waikiki before they ran into trouble and had to be
towed in to the harbor
TRACI LORDS’ visit to Oahu for GirlFest was short and sweet. The former adult film actress spent three days on the Big Island with her husband before hitting Oahu to debut her film Sweet Pea at Varsity Theatre. The 20-minute film is based on one of the chapters of her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All. It’s not on the shelves at B&N Kahala or Borders Ward Centre; try Amazon.com. The once 15-year-old named Nora Louise Kuzma first made headlines when the FBI discovered her as the star in several adult films. Her autobiography is dedicated to Children of the Night, a nonprofit working with teens in the sex industry. She was spotted on Oahu’s North Shore a day after Sweet Pea‘s premiere before jetting back to L.A. ... THOUSANDS hit Sunset on the Beach for the premiere of Discovery Kids new show Flight 29 Down, including Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Ran and Gina Watumull (Hawaii Film Partners), and David and Shauna Jackson (Showcase Entertainment). HAPA performed before Episodes 1 and 2 were shown on the big screen on the beach - 13 episodes were shot on Oahu this year. The plot: Lost meets Lord of the Flies.
Ten kids are stranded in Micronesia with little hope of rescue. Cast include Hallee Hirsh (ER), Johnny Pacar (Boston Public), Corbin Blue (Catch that Kid), Jeremy Kissner, Allen Alvarado, Kristy Wu, Lauren Storm and Hawaii actors Tani Lynn Fujimoto, Blade Rogers (acting coach Scott Rogers’ son) and B.K. Cannon. Stan Rogow (Lizzie McGuire) created the show for Discovery Kids on NBC. It will air nationally on
Flight 29 Down cast (from left) Johnny Pacar, Kristy
Wu, Hallee Hirsh, Allen Alvarado, Corbin Blue,
Jeremy Kissner and Lauren Storm
Drew Kolodny, Kathrin Atnafu and Jack Brennan off Waikiki before they ran into trouble and had to be towed in to the harbor Saturday, Oct. 1 ... 2005 Grammy award-winner John Cruz and manager Mark Tarone are off to tour the Northeast. Then they’ll head to France to meet up with Kelly Slater, who is hosting the Quiksilver Pro Surf Contest ... Sean Na`auao‘s CD release party at Gordon Biersch was a blast. He celebrated Ka `Eha Ke Aloha with fellow musicians Sistah Robi, Jerry Santos and Maunalua - who all got on stage ... Starwood’s Jack Brennan got stranded at sea with co-workers Kathrin Atnafu (marketing executive) and Drew Kolodny. The trio set sail outside Waikiki to celebrate two successes. Jack celebrating top sales for the office, and Drew celebrating his move from marketing to sales. He’s Starwood Vacation Ownership’s newest “vacation counselor.“After hours of Jimmy Buffett tunes, swimming and sun, the celebratory sail turned into hard work. They were within feet of the harbor when the E`ola‘s engine started to smoke and then died. The execs raised her sails to head back out to sea to catch some wind, but it was shifty and light. They knew it could take hours to get back to the dock. They were sunburned, thirsty and tired when a lifeguard appeared on a jet ski. “Ian“towed them back to the dock and said, “I’m just doing my job.” Ian, the whole crew thanks you! ... THE END to hangovers hit Hawaii this week. Awamori hit Hawaii’s liquor shelves for the first time, although it has been a favorite in Okinawa for more than 500 years. Unlike sake, which is brewed, Awamori is distilled using long-grain rice from Thailand and black yeast (as opposed to white yeast used in most spirits). The result is 100 percent pure alcohol. No additives. It’s crystal clear and served in small cups called choko, on the rocks, with water or in cocktails. The O Lounge is launching two brands of Awamori Crazy Crane and Dancing Sea Thursday, Sept. 15, to kick off a monthlong benefit for the American Red Cross and the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Owner Liz Hata Watanabe says, “Just watching the destructive effects of Hurricane Katrina moved me to tears. I knew I had to do something to help.” Her goal is to generate funds for the American Red Cross, but she will also be collecting canned goods, clothes and blankets to ship to evacuees. She hopes to be able to fill a Matson container by next month. Beginning Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, part of the club’s proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, and guests can bring in donations. The O Lounge is Honolulu’s first successful female-owned-and-run night club. More to come on O Lounge’s one-year anniversary celebration next month ... AFTER 25 years, The Wave Waikiki’s lease is up and director of promotions Flash Hansen says the home of The Pussycat Lounge will move. He and owner Jack Law have been looking for a new home for the late-night hot spot, but real estate’s tight in Waikiki ... But you want to be there Sept. 27 for a fundraiser for entertainer and actor Dick Jensen (The Giant), who has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dick was born in Kalihi and went from Farrington High School to Vegas to headline shows after signing with William Morris Agency. He’s been on the Ed Sullivan Show and acted in TV shows like Magnum P.I., Hawaii 5-0 and Jake and the Fatman. Longtime friends with Tom Selleck and other stars. Nick’s Fishmarket is providing food for the event hosted by Star 101.9’s Maleko ... A new hot spot is heading to downtown. TWO hits Palomino’s before the new year. The monthly event is another Flash Hansen and Matty Boy production (Doorman Productions & Pussycat Projects). Upscale VIP booths and bottle service. The dining room will transform into a dance floor with house DJs. Stay posted for opening night details ...
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