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Friday - November 18, 2005

Assistant managers Angela Gonzalez and Jon Sobia say they love working at Urban Rejuvenation
Assistant managers Angela Gonzalez and Jon Sobia
say they love working at Urban Rejuvenation

HENRY Kapono is closing up shop - his “shop” at Aloha Tower Marketplace, at least. But the legendary musician has bigger plans for his production company, Kapono Inc. He says this wasn’t a financial decision, but he felt he’d accomplished what he set out to accomplish and is ready to move on. Kapono’s lease is up in 2006, and he’s ready to return his focus to writing and music. He also plans to help produce other local musicians. Don’t worry - he’ll still perform at Duke’s Canoe Club at the Outrigger Waikiki every Sunday. Henry’s latest album is due for release in 2006. He’s spent seven years working on it and says it’s “totally different.” Kapono’s will remain open through its annual New Year’s bash ... WHILE Kapono’s departure gains attention, so does a new store at Aloha Tower. Urban Rejuvenation is the hottest store to hit Hawaii. It has everything for the X, Y and Z generations: sexy lingerie, retro table lamps, aromatherapy candles, boldly colored drapes and bed sets, vases, shoes, Saucy Girl lotions, place-mats and faux ostrich eggs; not to mention an impressive coffee table book collection. Assistant managers Jon Sobia and Angela Gonzalez say they love going to work! It’s a “department store for the senses.” If you love Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and funky Soho boutiques - you’ll love Urban Rejuvenation ...

SANTA, I’ve started my list! Sony gave hundreds of techies a sneak peek at its new 8.0 mega pixel Cyber-shot. The camera makes its U.S. debut this month (it’s already available in Japan). This camera is amazing; it’s the size of a deck of cards, holds up to 500 pictures (with memory card), produces slideshows to music, is equipped with editing and paintbox features and costs $499. I think KHNL anchor Howard Dashefsky may have the 8.0 Cyber-shot on his list for Santa too. He was spotted checking it out at the recent Sony Expo. Shock-jock Pablo Sato (Hot 93.9 FM) and Island 98.5’s Crystal Akana gave away tickets to the Sony Open, PSPs and flat screen TVs ... ANOTHER high-tech launch happens this weekend at the Bishop Museum. The $17 million Science Adventure Center opens tomorrow (Saturday) at 9 a.m. There will be live music, food and games from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Museum president Bill Brown says the interactive exhibits feature technology not found in any other museum in the world. The goal of the center’s erupting volcano, touch screen technology and scientific species identification exhibit is to make science fun for schoolchildren ... MORE family fun - if you missed MidWeek cartoonist Roy Chang‘s book signing two weeks ago, you can catch him and children’s author Margaret Steele Sunday, Nov. 27, at Native Books at Ward Centre. They’ll be reading and signing their latest book, Wuz da Nite Befo’: A Pidgin Christmas Story in Hawai`i from noon to 2 p.m. Cookies and milk will be served! ... Dita Holifield and Pacific Harley-Davidson held a drag race for breast cancer research at HAWAII Raceway Park last weekend. The all-female lineup included everyday women. All drivers needed was a street-legal car and driver’s license. Star 101.9 FM’s Hudson Hot emceed and veteran drag racer Kari Machida was the grand marshal. Machida said she hopes more women get into the sport ...

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