Melisa Uchida
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Friday - November 04, 2005

Christi Young, Brad Wong, Jonah Miyahira,
Liz Chun, Chad Ito and Jason Masaki
party at the Gift Foundation’s
“Boogie Nights”

TONS OF parties over All Hallow’s Eve - we’ll save some juicy details for next week’s edition. Arriving at the Pacific Club Friday night was like stepping back into time. Studio 54 perhaps, only in the tropics. Foxy Brown, Stone Groove, Sonny & Cher, cast from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wonder Woman (both male and female) and The Pope attended the Gift Foundation’s annual $100/head fundraiser. This year’s Halloween theme, “Boogie Nights.” Hundreds of fabulous divas lined the courtyard and roller-skated throughout the party. Dozens of giant Afros made umbrellas during brief showers. KGMB producer Christi Young was there with sports director Liz Chun (who looked super hot in her white go-go boots). Everyone was looking for go-go boots this year and they were hard to find! Liz’s secret -Slipper House at Ala Moana, $15. Brad Wong, who works in bar entertainment, and Chad Ito, aka “Pimp Daddy,” were two of 750 people at the sold-out event. All to benefit ‘Ohia Productions. Lee Brightwell, president of ‘Ohia, was thrilled with the turnout! A great party and a great cause! ...

New parents John and Tricia Matsumoto got to spend the evening with grown-ups! They left the baby with Grandma and Grandpa (Auntie Barbara and Uncle George Matsumoto). They left their costumes home too, but with a newborn, who has time to shop for costumes? Attorney Dean Young, Ike Walters, wife Emily, Michael and Miranda Scott (of Scott Slippers) looked divine in groovy getup. Straub clinical manager Suzie SoMiyahara made a fabulous Cher. Her husband Jonah Miyahara (sales) made one helluva Sonny. I accidentally arrived dressed like all the male Gift Foundation board members! How was I supposed to know they were going to wear skintight, zebra print, bellbottom cat suits? Jason Nishikawa looked pretty hot in his ...

Roy Chang
Congratulations to MidWeek’s Roy Chang,
a Po’okela awardwinning illustrator

If you missed the party, you’ll just have to wait ‘til next year ... MATT DERBY of Resort Quest Hawaii met rapper Flavah Flav on his recent media blitz trip to NYC. The two had a “shaka moment.” Flavah Flav says he learned the shaka on his recent trip to Hawaii. Derby is with a group from the Oahu Visitors Bureau ... THE equivalent to the Hoku Awards for local authors and illustrators came and went without much media attention. But the 2005 Ka Palapala Po’okela deserves much recognition, as do its writers. MidWeek cartoonist Roy Chang did the illustrations for a children’s book called The Shark Man of Hana, which won the “Award for Excellence” in the Children’s Hawaiian Culture category. Written by Uilani Goldsberry (aka Auntie Ui) with Hawaiian translation by David Del Rocco.

This is their second book in a trilogy. The Storm Dog of the Ko’olaus was the first. Published by Jane Gillespie of BeachHouse Publishing. Congratulations to all! Chang also has a new Christmas book available. Wuz da Nite Befo’ (written by Margaret Steele and published by Mutual Publishing) is a pidgin version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Pick up your version and get it signed by Chang and Steele at Borders Express at Kahala Mall, Saturday (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m. ... FYI: Hawaii produces more children’s books than any other state, yet students still lag in reading skills behind their Mainland peers ... A little secret about Roy Chang - he’s a talk radio fan who loyally listens to Saturday Night with Steve Bohlen on KHVH ... ... MOTLEY CRUE is coming to Hawaii! They hit the Blaisdell Arena for one show only, “Carnival of Sins,” Wednesday, Dec. 14. Tickets on sale at the Blaisdell box office ...

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