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Melisa Uchida
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Friday - January 20, 2006
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I’M FOLLOWING MidWeek‘s legendary three-dotter Eddie Sherman and throwing in the towel - at least for now. I’m called to the Mainland, and my soul sister Roz Makaula will take over this space beginning next week. You probably know Roz from her days as talk radio host Rick Hamada‘s producer, or through her MidWeek stories, or from Ménage, where I’ve written about her battle with breast cancer and her will to beat it. Her passion for writing, her loving aura and inquisitive nature will no doubt continue to tell the wonderful stories of the people of Hawaii ... And there are some wonderful people here. These are a few of the people I want to thank: Baywatch Hawaii co-producer and senior writer Frank South (Melrose Place) could well be the best boss I’ve ever had. He took a huge risk when he moved his family from Pasadena, Calif., to Hawaii during the show. Even after Pearson Television cut Baywatch Hawaii’s umbilical cord, Frank and wife Margaret stayed to raise their children ...


MidWeek‘s Katie Young is beautiful and talented. I’ve loved her column since picking up my first issue of MidWeek. She’s strong, assertive and funny. She’s been a role model and friend. She also makes beautiful jewelry! You may have seen me wear her hand-made earrings on KHNL. News 8’s Joann Shin is also a Katie Collection fan ... KHNL’s new news director Rich Meiers deserves some recognition. Rich and I were classmates at Maryknoll (class of 1991), so it was nice to see a familiar face when I walked into the news-room for the first time. News is tough. It’s cutthroat. People can be incredibly mean and petty. Rich helped balance the negativity that permeated KHNL ... Of course, MidWeek publisher Ron Nagasawa and editor Don Chapman gave me a shot to be Honolulu’s dot-dot-dot columnist for 30-somethings. As a rookie, I had no idea what I was doing! All I knew was that I loved to write, I loved people, I had a few contacts, and I wanted to write for MidWeek. For the past few years, they’ve guided me, scolded me and praised me. It’s been an honor to work with both of them and an honor to write for MidWeek. I can’t tell you the feeling I get when someone walks up to me on the street and tells me they love reading Ménage. Or the warm glow I get when I receive an e-mail from a reader ... Managing editor Terri Hefner deserves a truck-load of gratitude. Her desperate phone calls for copy or photos, her quick editing and ability to be graceful under pressure are skills that help MidWeek be Hawaii’s No. 1 paper ... Island 98.5’s Lanai and KSSK’s Michael Perry brought me into the Clear Channel family - a move that changed my life. It was there I met Augie Tulba - a man so talented that I can hardly wait to see him on Letterman or Jimmy Kimmel! We ladies know, behind every successful man is one hell of a woman - and Kim (Sims) is just that. She manages his career and keeps Augie grounded ... 29-year old Philana Bouvier had the courage to leave her high-paying job at Southern Wine to pursue her dream of starting her own public relations firm. It’s scary to leave something that’s secure and safe for the unknown. It could be a hit or miss, but this lioness (born July 24) had the tenacity and courage to take a leap of faith, and she’s making her dreams come true ... Flash Hansen and Matty Boy are two people who’ve changed Honolulu’s nightlife scene with their parties at the Hanohano Room (Sheraton Waikiki) and Pussy Cat Lounge (Wave Waikiki). Friday night Wonderlounge is no longer the only place to be ...


Christina Simpkins is someone I met at the suggestion of Don Chapman - and today I feel blessed to call her my friend. She decided she wasn’t just taking what life dished her, but would create her own path. She literally transformed what looked like a hopeless life into one full of abundance, love and fulfillment. She’s a talented photographer full of passion and vision. She is a true goddess ... Praise to all the people who’ve worked to transform Chinatown into an artists’ community, a safe place to catch some culture and bring the flava back into downtown. Art Walk, Bar 35, Next Door, the now defunct Studio 1 revived a community that had been taken over by prostitutes and ice heads ... I’ve loved covering events like the officers’ auction for breast cancer where HPD and HFD officers strip and dance as half the women in the state pile into Ocean’s to bid on the hunks. All proceeds to charity. I’m sorry I’ll miss it this year ... Mahalo to HFD Captains Kennison Tejada and Emmit Kane and all the firefighters who fight hundreds of brushfires each year - most of them intentionally set ... Well, it’s 2006 - my grandparents head into their 62nd year of marriage, I turn 33 and hand over Menage to Roz. Welcome her as you did me - with aloha. Thank you for allowing me to write for you ... And feel free to e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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