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Friday - December 23, 2005
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Kale Imua received a special mahalo for his help at the Locks of Love hair drive
Kale Imua received a special
mahalo for his help at the Locks of
Love hair drive

THE HOLIDAYS are here and ‘tis the season of giving - 53 people gave more-than-10-inch-long ponytails to Locks of Love. Their hair will help provide top-quality hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from medical hair loss. About 2 million children suffer from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes the hair follicles to shut down. Burns, brain tumors and radiation therapy also cause hair loss. KSSK’s “Kathy with a K” donated inches of her gorgeous, thick hair. Amy Ito of Wahiawa won by chopping off 20 inches! Hair grows about a half a millimeter a day. That’s six inches a year! So, big mahalo to Ito for giving years’worth of brushing, grooming and growing to help a child in need. Photographer Kim Taylor Reece didn’t give hair, but did donate several pieces, giving them away every half hour at the hair drive. Entertainer and voice master Kale Imua donated voice and singing lessons, Prudential Location’s Jayson Rea donated a broker’s MLS login, and holistic health practitioner Brenda Yuen-Smith also gave away prizes. There is a 10-inch minimum requirement for Locks, but if you decide to donate your luscious locks within the next year, Stafford’s Boutique Salon & Day Spa will cut your hair for free. Just call for an appointment. Event coordinator Reenie Rae (KSSK and Island 98.5FM) hopes more people get wind of Locks and maybe even double the number of ponytails next year.


By the way - 10 of the donations came from children under the age of 10 ... Looking for gift ideas that take less planning, but are just as meaningful? Local writer, psychologist, hypnotherapist and master of ayurvedic healing Dr. Raj Kumar released his third book, The Secret of Health and Healing. In it he shares ancient healing arts with modern medicine. Kumar is a man of extraordinary faith, knowledge and the desire to help others. He is opening the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine in Kapa`a. The Sanskrit Ayruvedic means knowledge (or science) of life. The ancient art uses meditation, yoga, foods and spices to heal all types of ailments. President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano have recognized Kumar for his work helping with disaster relief and as advising counsel on India/U.S. relations. All Kumar’s books are available at India Emporium on King Street ... More stocking stuffers: My favorite makeup (because it’s perfect for acne-prone skin) is Jane Iredale‘s mineral makeup. It’s all mineral, won’t clog your pores, hypo-allergenic, contains up to SPF 20, is anti-inflammatory, helps calm and soothe irritated skin, is water resistant, provides total coverage for skin conditions like acne, rosacea and redness, is made from minerals that cannot support bacteria (acne) and is not tested on animals. And it’s an all-in-one pressed-powder base that serves as concealor, foundation and SPF. It’s expensive, but well worth the price of beautiful skin. I’ve been a loyal user since my bout with adult onset acne and it’s worth checking out for any woman with problem/sensitive skin. Available at Pualani Day Spa (upstairs from the Olive Tree near Kahala Mall), www.pualanispa.com or 734-8822. Consultations and gift certificates are available for facials, pedicures, body scrubs and massages for $50/hour! A massage from Cleve Medeiros is a deal in itself and an awesome anytime gift for someone you love ... In music - local and now internationally famous ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro appeared on Conan O’Brien.


But he’s not too famous to wake up in the wee hours to spend some time with KHNL’s new morning show anchors Angela Keen and Marvin Buenconsejo ... The Led Zeppelin tribute band, Led Zeppelica, cranked up Pipeline Café with their versions of LZ songs. The California-based band also dedicated the concert to the men and women serving overseas. The band says it’s received tons of e-mails from military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan who couldn’t be at the show. So, guitarist Lenny Mann (aka Jimmy Page) decided to dedicate particular songs to specific units overseas, videotape the show and send the troops DVDs. Don’t think the DVD will get to the Middle East in time for Christmas, but it will make a nice belated holiday gift ... The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl kicks off Christmas Eve at the Aloha Stadium. Military and their dependents get in free. Gates open at 6 a.m., but not for tailgaters, for swap-meet shoppers to get their last-minute shopping done. You might see Da BraddahsTony Silva down there selling Da Braddahs paraphernalia ... And a head’s up for the new year - comedian Jon Lovitz is heading to Hawaii early 2006. Tickets available at the Blaisdell Box Office ...

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