Melisa Uchida
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Friday - March 25, 2005

Chippendales dancer Garrett Plante is
onstage with his fellow hunks at the
Radisson Prince Kuhio this weekend

More entertainment for women this week — The Chippendales 2005 calendar Tour is hitting Hawaii for the first time in years. Garrett Plante is just one of the sexy hunks you’ll see perform at the Radisson Prince Kuhio this weekend. Sorry, ladies, he’s only here for a few days. But organizers say they’re bringing a talent scout! Local braddahs — that means you have a shot at traveling the world, dancing for thousands of hungry women while they scream for you to take your clothes off! And — you get paid for it! Sounds like a dream job, huh? … Didya know Star 101.9FM’s Hudson met her husband when he came to Hawaii on tour as a Chippendales dancer? They fell in love and had a long-distance relationship until Steve made the move. Now, the diva of the alternative airwaves and hubby Steve Hott are based here with their son Julian. That means no more dancing for Steve (at least not publicly) … Auditions will be held prior to showtime Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. If you think you’ve got the body and can dance, call Lanai from the The Lanai & Augie Show (Island 98.5FM) between 5 and 10 a.m. at 296- 9850 … Lanai and Augie are traveling with an entourage now! “The Hawaiian Hurricane” Turk Cazimero, “Champ” Kaneshiro and “Jose” make up the regular comedian cast. They recently returned from two comedy shows in Japan and one on Maui. They hit San Francisco next month …

Another pro is back home after a different kind of tour — an NGA tour. PGA “Player of the Year for Hawaii 2004” John Lynch is back after five months on the Hooters Golf Tour in Florida. The 29-year-old Virgo from Maryland returned to Hawaii briefly to play in the Sony Open, but admits he didn’t play too well at Waialae. Now, he’s back for good and considering several options. Yes, he does give private lessons and yes, he’s excellent. He teaches at Koolau Golf Club. You can reach John at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) … Congratulations to L&L founder Eddie Flores, VP of Aloha United Way Susan Au-Doyle and partner at Deloitte & Touche Tertia Freas. These UH Business School alumni are the newest inductees to the Alumni Hall of Honor. They received their awards at the school’s annual “Business Night” ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village … Meanwhile, current UH Business School students raised more than $22,000 at their sixth annual “Executive Vineyard Wine Tasting” at the Stan Sheriff Center. (See Pa‘ina, pages 24 and 25.) UH President David McClain, football coach June Jones and state Sens. Brian Taniguchi and Brian Kanno were among the hundreds who sipped wine to support the university … Over on Kapahulu, kawa drinkers got a rare treat Tuesday night at Hale Noa when slack-key guitarist Barry Flanagan (Hapa) jumped in with Ernie Cruz and Dwight Kanae for a random jam session. “Wow,” said owner Keoni Verity. “It’s such a high level of musicianship. I’m still constantly amazed by the positive vibes of harmony achieved through these impromptu jams.” Barry gave Keoni a copy of his recently released album Maui. Kevin Chang of Kupa‘aina is another Hale Noa regular, but I didn’t see him there that night. Another musician was missing as well.

Johnny Helm (pictured here with sister Sue) is finishing up
his second album

Johnny Helm played at Hale Noa Saturdays until he moved back East. Now, my former roommate says, he received his tax refund and finally has enough money to finish his second album called The Great Divide. “John Cruz did half the production in Hawaii, and the other half was done back East, so … it’s the great divide.” Helm says he’s planning a trip back here, but we’ll see. I’ve heard that before. To keep track of what’s happening with Johnny, log onto Be sure to watch his video Breathe … Another face that’s been missing from the island for a while is Alema Harrington’s. The former sports reporter is back in Utah working at KZN 1280 sports talk radio … The Filipino-American population is growing rapidly. And “Fil- Ams” took over Kapiolani Park last Sunday at the “first-ever” Fil- Am Festival in Kapiolani Park. Event coordinator Candice Fajardo says the goal of the event was to build bridges between Filipino and American cultures. Local singers Jordan Segundo and Tani Lynn were there with stars from the Philippines including actor Marvin Agustin and Dominic Ochoa … Coming up — Think Pink for spring break. Pink C Fashion show at Skyline (Hanohano Room) Saturday at 11 p.m. …

One extraordinary woman will be crowned the 53rd Cherry Blossom Queen at the Festival Ball this Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Twelve contestants, dressed in authentic silk furisode kimonos, will demonstrate their poise and stage presence. Only one can be queen. For ticket information, log onto … Make March 30 a date night. Local restaurants are helping the Life Foundation raise money by donating a portion of their proceeds for the hundreds of Hawaii people who are HIV positive. Chai’s Island Bistro, JJ French Pastry, Town, Volcano Joe’s, Spices, Marbella Mediterranean Cuisine, Cisco’s Cantina, 12th Avenue Grill and all four Big City Diner locations are participating.

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