Melisa Uchida
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Friday - October 14, 2005

Augie Tulba's fourth CD, 'Made in Hawaii,' will be released in November, just in time for Christmas
Augie Tulba’s fourth CD, ‘Made in
Hawaii,’ will be released in November,
just in time for Christmas

STARS SHONE all over the isle this week - Irving Thomas of the Los Angeles Lakers drove over to Kailua from their practice gym in Honolulu, just to say “hello” to Wally Amos at Wally’s new Chip & Cookie store. He missed Wally by 15 minutes, but ended up with free cookies. That’s worth the drive ... 12-time All-Star (five-time NBA champ) Magic Johnson and six-time NBA MVP, 18-time All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed autographs for fans Sunday at the Blaisdell. Magic is part owner of the team, and Kareem recently started coaching the team alongside Scottie Pippin (assistant coach) and head coach Phil Jackson. GT Marketing’s Gary Takahashi and Jason Corriea are the guys who brought these big dogs to Hawaii. They organize celebrity autographing shows across the country. In fact, they’ve already confirmed former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikmen will be here signing autographs for Pro Bowl 2006 ... Adult film actor Ron Jeremy was spotted drinking at Duke’s Canoe Club and later taking a dip. There’s word Owen Wilson was also staying in Waikiki ...

Matt Damon is scheduled in Hawaii soon to film an upcoming feature, as local celebrities head for the Mainland. Augie Tulba‘s coming off a series of shows in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Guam. The comedian, who started his career making co-workers at Kaiser hospital laugh years ago, is headlining at the Riviera in Las Vegas next month! But before that he’ll be in Palm Springs for the comedy festival (Oct. 21-23) and his movie The Sand Island Drive-In Anthem premieres in Hawaii at the International Film Festival at the Dole Cannery Theatres, Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. The late Kayo Hatta‘s Fishbowl and Mimosa Tea starring Cary Tagawa also will be screened. Call the box office for ticket information ... Oops, there’s more - Augie’s fourth CD, Made in Hawaii, is scheduled for release in November. It was recorded live at the Iao Theatre on Maui. Things are moving fast for the kid from Kalihi. It’s hard to keep up ... Another album is making headlines - Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole‘s Facing Future album is Hawaii’s first RIAA Certified platinum album, having sold more than 1 million CDs in the United States! ...

Phil Scellato of Phil's Gold & Diamonds, Marissa Dang of Poppy, Lance Ishibayashi (Phil's buyer), Tanna Dang (owner The Wedding Cafe), Amy Salas (my maid of honor) and Bryson Dang (Tanna's husband and owner The Wedding Cafe)
Phil Scellato of Phil’s Gold & Diamonds, Marissa Dang
of Poppy, Lance Ishibayashi (Phil’s buyer), Tanna
Dang (owner The Wedding Cafe), Amy Salas (my
maid of honor) and Bryson Dang (Tanna’s
husband and owner The Wedding Cafe)

More platinum - Hawaii’s brides gathered at The Wedding Café in Manoa for a fashion show, champagne and free updos. Twenty-eight-year-old Bryson Dang and 27-year-old Tanna Dang are still newlyweds themselves, but say they have the ideas and contacts to help ease the stress of planning. The couple took over the café in January, and they’re having a blast giving free weekly workshops for brides-to-be. Last week, models showed off jewelry made by Italian designer Roberto Coin. These pieces are stunning - the type to make people stop in the street and drop their jaws. Owner of Phil’s Gold & Diamonds, Phil Scellato, says he is one of only two retailers in the state to carry Roberto Coin’s collections (which are worn by celebrities such as Alicia Keys.) Coin has several collections, but the Cento dazzles. This is the first diamond with an exclusive 100-faceted cut. You’ll have to wear sunglasses when looking at this baby! A little side note about Phil: He plays trumpet in the PBS Big Band. The 17-piece band plays jazz, swing and blues. They just performed at the Governor’s Ball. They do weddings and parties. For booking information, call 754-3009 ...

Marissa Dang of Poppy brought samples of her custom-made bridesmaids dresses. You pick out the color of dupioni silk, the style and what flower(s) the bride wants on the dresses. Marissa makes each dress, then hand-paints the flowers on them with waterproof acrylic paint - $200 a piece. Dry clean only ... By the way - October is “Love A Dog Month” and the Hawaiian Humane Society has plenty of them for people who want to adopt. Also, in the wake of Katrina, spokesperson Jacque Smith says the society is advocating pet-friendly emergency shelters. is a website worth checking out ... The man known as “the dog whisperer” is in Honolulu. Cesar Millan is giving a seminar Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center. For information, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... Another newcomer hit Hawaii’s shores - Randy Kuba introduced Amamori to a crowd of 700 at the sold out Chopsticks and Wine event at the Sheraton Waikiki. CraZCrane and Dancing Sea two types of Amamori - an age-old Okinawan spirit that just hit Hawaii. Kuba calls it, “Okinawa’s best-kept secret.” GM Kelly Asato Chee agrees. Chopsticks and Wine benefited the Japanese Cultural Center.

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