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Friday - December 09, 2005

Dr. Alvin Chung and Alicia Michioka Jones
Dr. Alvin Chung & Alicia Michioka Jones

THE HOLIDAYS are here and, for many of us, that means hitting the mall. But if you’re looking for something original, here are a few ideas: Dreamed of owning your own restaurant? Businessman Fred Livingston is selling Sunset Grill at Restaurant Row for $185,000 and The Crouching Lion Inn for $150,000. Livingston recently sold several of his Waikiki properties because of the Lewers Street projects: Trattoria (his first restaurant), Davey Jones Ribs and Matteo’s. But Livingston isn’t retiring; instead, he’s taking on more projects. He’s developing an ocean-front subdivision in Puna (which is hot property, since Hawaii seems to be running out of oceanfront land). Livingston will hold onto Don Ho‘s Island Grill and the Windward Business Center in Kaneohe. Side note about Fred Livingston: The multi-genre entrepreneur started out as a freelance press agent in Chicago. That resulted in his founding Chicago’s largest TV production company, which he turned into an advertising agency. He later bought a rug and upholstery cleaning company. He started coming to Hawaii every two weeks while working for a major airlines and ended up selling homes on the Big Island.

He bought KLEI am 1130, owned a Barbizon Modeling Agency, started Kokua Carnival (which he later sold to E.K. Fernandez) and bought Paradise Helicopters. (Magnum PI fans - Livingston’s chopper is in the opening shot of the show.) He entered the restaurant business in 1959 when his good friend lost his job as Don Ho’s stage manager at the Polynesian Palace. (He and Don Ho are longtime friends). So, Livingston bought Trattoria just to give his friend a job. By the way - this friend still manages Matteo’s. Contact Byron “Biff” Graper with Colliers, Monroe & Freidlander to place a bid on Sunset Grill or Crouching Lion ... On a smaller scale, these are some great stocking stuffers - Comedian Augie T.‘s Made in Hawaii CD is now available. KSSK’s and MidWeek‘s Larry Price calls it “Brilliantly original” and says Augie’s untouchable on the island as far as comedians go. “He has the energy, genuine enthusiasm and spontaneity that few have.” With “Coach’s” endorsement, two Na Hoku Hanohano awards, a best-selling DVD, PBN‘s “40 under 40” award - his CD is a no-brainer ... Speaking of Lanai and Augie, they have a CD - Radio King hits stores next week. This CD is full of clips of “the best of” the Lanai and Augie Show. Lanai says he thinks I may be on there as well! ... Another hit - Korean soap opera DVD sets. Who says DVD sets are just for American shows? Perfect for grandma and grandpa ... except, I don’t think they have a DVD player ... Dr. Russell Masunaga, whose radio show, Tooth Talk, airs Saturdays on KHVH, and the Hawaii Dental Samaritans donated 60 sets of dental kits to the Youth Outreach program, which serves teenagers living on the streets. These kids need the essentials for Xmas - socks, backpacks and non-perishable food. To make a donation, call the Waikiki Health Center ... Lanai ran into Imelda Marcos and her entourage at the Peninsula Hotel on his latest trip to the Philippines. A few minutes later, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann walked into the lobby. He and Christian Yrzarry (Ho`onua) were there to meet with “The Concert King” of the Philippines, Martin Nievera, about Lanai’s new company, Burn Lounge. For more information on Burn Lounge, visit ...

There’s major buzz about Memoirs of a Geisha, and you can talk to one of the stars in person at the JAL Honolulu Marathon Expo today. Actor Cary Tagawa will sign posters and answer questions about the film’s hype Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Lost star Naveen Andrews will also be at the expo Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m ... Socialite and fashion guru Dr. Alvin Chung and TV producer Alicia Michioka Jones were spotted at Kahala Mall Starbucks after helping out MidWeek’s Yu Shing Ting with a photo shoot. Alicia is busy producing her show Losing It, which airs daily on OC 16. Her husband, Matt Jones,is the workout show’s host ... Finally, for those of you with pooches who are spending the holidays away - there’s a place for pups to run around like they would at home. Ohana Doggie Day Care, located on Cooke Street, is a kennel-free day and overnight care facility (the only one of its kind on the island). Anna Doell and Michele Jim opened shop last May and say owners and dogs love it! It gives the dogs a place to socialize with other dogs and play. They house 30-40 dogs of all shapes and sizes per day. Staff are there 24/7. There are beds in the back, so your dog can sleep with staff if it is used to sleeping with you at home, or in its own bed. For more information, call 791-DOGS

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