Melisa Uchida
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Friday - January 13, 2006

STARS have been shining throughout the Hawaiian Islands since mid-December. Where else would any celebrity want to spend the holidays? Michael Bolton was spotted at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental New Year’s Day with girlfriend, Desperate HousewivesNicolette Sheridan, who was serenaded by her sweetheart after the pair watched the fireworks show off Kahala Beach. Bolton and Sheridan recently reunited after nearly a decade apart ... ‘Nother Desperate Housewife, Marcia Cross, and fiancé Tom Mahoney spent New Year’s at the same hotel. Sources say the couple spent most of their time in their room, but they were spotted taking a stroll. Marcia wore a red carnation and tuberose lei, while Tom wore purple orchid. This season (Desperate Housewives) is pretty good so far. I’m a Desperate fan, but last season wasn’t nearly as good as the first and I wasn’t sure I’d watch anymore. But this season started off juicy. Kissing one of your best friend’s husband, even in jest, is simply not acceptable! Am I right? And the “desperate” women of Wisteria Lane are starting to rival each other, much as they are rumored to do in real life. Sundays, 8 p.m. ...

Rocker Ashlee Simpson and boyfriend Braxton Olita were seen at Maui’s Fairmont the week before New Year’s. The couple reportedly stayed in one of the Fairmont’s oceanfront villas ... Sin City starlet Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, Fantastic Four) and sweetheart, movie set personal assistant Cash Warren, splashed in the ocean New Year’s Eve day not far from Simpson. They were spotted snuggling in waters off the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Alba looked stunning in a simple triangle top white striped bikini. Alba was also seen lingerie shopping the week prior in NYC, perhaps getting some essentials for her romantic vacation. They make one good-looking couple ... And what do the Hiltons do for their holiday R&R? Paris and Nicky Hilton hung out at the Four Seasons in Wailea with their parents. Paris’s latest boyfriend Stavros Niarchos spent the holiday with the family too. (Paris Hilton and Paris Latisis‘s engagement lasted only a few months, but she did keep the 9-carat ring, which she reportedly keeps in a safe place. The one she’s seen still wearing is reportedly a fake.) Nicky’s sweetheart, the cutie “agent” from the hot show Entourage, Kevin Connolly, also spent Christmas with the Hilton family. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s sort of a male version of Sex and the City and one of the funniest shows on TV ...

Syndey Reich, who has cerebral palsy, is a big fan of Jasmine Trias
Syndey Reich, who has cerebral
palsy, is a big fan of Jasmine

A little aloha goes a long way - in this case, from Mililani to Hartford, Conn. - thanks to American Idol Jasmine Trias and dad Rudy. Short story: I met Brian Reich at Chicago’s O’Hare airport while waiting for a connecting flight. He was admiring my dog Daisy, who is a my pride and joy and a rescue from the Hawaiian Humane Society. (She was “rescued,” but I am the lucky one.) Anyway, Daisy needed to get out of her airplane kennel and sat lazily on my lap, strapped onto my chest in her “pooch pack.” Brian loved the pooch pack, but once he found out I was from Hawaii, he was even more impressed. It turns out Brian’s 7-year old daughter Sydney absolutely loves American Idol, and Jasmine Trias is still her favorite Idolist. She also has cerebral palsy. She can’t walk or talk. When the Idols hit Hartford on their national tour, Sydney could-n’t go to the show, but her uncle did. Coincidentally, he sat four seats down from Jasmine’s dad, Rudy! The two got to talking and Sydney’s uncle told him all about Sydney. Mr. Trias said he’d gladly have his daughter sign a photograph backstage before the show ended - Sydney’s uncle just needed a photo (being sold at the concessions). Sydney’s uncle waited in line only to hear, “Sorry, we’re sold out of Jasmine’s pictures.”

He made his way back to his seat and told Rudy the bad news. Mr. Trias offered to send one. A week later, an envelope arrived for Sydney Reich - in it, an autographed photo from Jasmine, signed personally to Sydney. That photo is still Sydney’s pride and joy and it’s a story her dad tells over and over to strangers in airports. “I was so impressed with the fact Jasmine and her dad followed through. That doesn’t happen often, and it’s made a world of difference in Sydney’s life,” he told me. That is the aloha spirit ... Funny guy Augie Tulba opened his new comedy show at the Sheraton Waikiki last Wednesday with a sold-out performance! “I could-n’t believe it,” he said. “I kind of wanted to start out slowly until I felt comfortable with the new place” - but so much for that! Augie performs Wednesdays; call the Sheraton for information. Augie’s also doing a national tour - first gig in Las Vegas is sold out ...

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