Melisa Uchida
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Friday - December 16, 2005

Busted - Lost actresses Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros were both arrested for “driving under the influence.” They posted bail and were released the next day. But this isn’t Rodriguez’s first run-in for driving infractions. She pleaded no contest to hit-and-run and driving under the influence charges last year ... For those responsible drivers - Natural Vibrations are having their annual Christmas bash Friday, Dec. 23, at the Hawaiian Hut. You could walk away with an awesome Christmas present - a surfboard from Keoki Hawaii ... If you’re looking for something more cute and cuddly, the Hawaiian Humane Society has more than 100 furry friends looking for homes. Community relations director Jacque LeBlanc (formerly Jacque Smith) does-n’t recommend picking out an animal for someone else. Instead, The Humane Society sells $55 gift certificates - the cost of adoption ...

For something more glamorous, how about a cruise aboard the Queen Mary II? The cruise ship is heading to Hawaii for its inaugural visit. It will make stops in Honolulu, Lahaina and Kona before returning to the West Coast. The ship itself cost almost $1 billion. It’s the longest, highest, broadest cruise ship. At full power, this monster takes three days to make it to Hawaii. A friend highly recommends it, “It is a grand ship,” he assured me ... Pop diva Mariah Carey seems to have made a full comeback - she received eight Grammy nominations this year including “Album of the Year” for The Emancipation of Mimi ... Hawaiian musicians have their own category again. Kapono Beamer, Raiatea Helm, slack key guitarists Ledward Ka`apana and Sonny Lim, and the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol.1 produced by Daniel Ho, Paul Konwiser and Wayne Wong are all 2005 Grammy nominees! Hawaii-born Jack Johnson was also nominated for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” and “Best Collaboration with Vocals.” Funny, I’ve never thought of Jack Johnson as being a “pop” singer, but congratulations anyway! ... One more Grammy nominee worth mentioning -

London’s DJ Adam Freeman spins into Wave Waikiki on Dec. 28
London’s DJ Adam Freeman spins
into Wave Waikiki on Dec. 28

DJ Adam Freeland hits The Wave Waikiki Dec. 28. The longtime London DJ was nominated for his remix of Sarah Vaughan‘s Fever ... There’s a new talk show starting up in January called What Men Won’t Tell You But Women Need to Know. Dr. Bob Berkowitz and his team of experts will tell women what really goes on inside men’s minds. And you don’t even want to know what men say about monogamy! My jaw dropped! More next month ... In sports, “Bowl Week” is over, but it didn’t have anything to do with bowling. Instead, high school football all-stars spent the week gearing up for the Hawaii Union Builders Foundation (HUB) Goodwill Senior Bowl. It’s a post-season all-star game for high school seniors to raise money for local youth programs. Sports radio host Alema Harrington left his show in Utah to return to the Isle for the week to do the game’s play-by-play. The game broadcasts live Friday night on OC16. Alema’s twin, Tau Harrington, spent his week running all over the island taking the players to places like Kapiolani Medical Center to visit children with cancer.

Kamehameha Schools all-star Kapono Rawlins-Crivello even brought his guitar and played requests. The D-lineman said he loved being able to brighten someone’s day with a song. Mayor Mufi Hannemann declared Dec. 9 the official HUB Goodwill Senior Bowl Day at a reception at Hard Rock Cafe. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it’s nice to give the players recognition for their efforts. Hawaiian Telecom sponsored this year’s event, and VP of communications Dan Smith said the company is “proud.”

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