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Posted on: Friday, January 12, 2001

Show Biz
Don Ho heads benefit; 'Comedy Shack' is back

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

HOO-RAY: Members of the rock group, Sugar Ray, including sexy lead singer Mark McGrath, dined on the lanai at Pacific ’O the other night on Maui, according to restaurant manager Greg Butterfield. The seven-member party loved the food and the perfect moonlit Lahaina evening — wonder if they hummed choruses from "Someday" and "Fly"? ...

"I’ll Remember You" is the theme of the Arthritis Foundation’s annual fund-raiser, from 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Don Ho’s Island Grill at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Don Ho, honorary chairman, will appear, along with Teresa Bright, Don Tiki, Lopaka Col—n, and Na H¯ku Pa. Tickets: $50, which includes heavy p¬p¬ and two drinks. Call the Arthritis Foundation at 942-3636 for tickets ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Lanai and Augie T’s "Comedy Shack" reopens tonight at the Pagoda Restaurant’s second-floor La Salle space. Tickets are $10 at the door, with a $1 rebate with your parking stub. It’s a six-week, Friday-only run, beginning at 8:30 p.m., with music by Kalei Imua, followed by comedy by Lanai and then Augie. "It keeps the stand-up (comedy format) alive in Hawaii," said Augie. Information: 941-6611 ...

Mountain Apple Company’s "Island Warriors" CD, featuring some of Hawaii’s top artists, is finding new appeal among high school athletes at campuses such as Punahou. Word is that the Buffanblu swimming teams, prepping for forthcoming meets, are working on their breathing techniques by swimming and singing to tunes by the likes of Fiji, O-Shen, Baba B, and Jamin Chief Ragga off the "Warriors" disc. And you thought music was just for dancing ...

Mimy Chen, who earlier recorded an album of Hawaiian tunes in Chinese, is in Los Angeles completing her second CD ...

And then there were two: Imua announced on the Perry & Price Hanohano Room show recently that Sam Ah Mook Sang will be leaving the group. Which means Baba Akiona and Dave Dunaway will carry on alone. Imua performs Jan. 27 at the 30th annual Habilitat Luau ...

ITEMIZATIONS: Compadres Bar & Grill marks its 17th anniversary next Tuesday, with g.m. Jesse Morta providing free p¬p¬ from 4 to 7 p.m... .

Veteran publicist Bonnie Friedman is pulling up stakes at the end of February, heading for the East Coast — initially New York, then Philadelphia — "to be close to my family." Friedman’s Grapevine Productions will take along some local clients and do her p.r. thing from abroad. "That’s why they invented faxes, cell phones and e-mail," said Friedman. She will be partnering with The Hall Co., owned by Steven Hall and Sam Firer of New York, and the company will be redubbed The Hall Grapevine Productions when she merges and moves to Philly ...

Singer-composer Keith Haugen, a.k.a. Cordell, still is recovering from a hernia operation last month. That’s why he missed the recent Honolulu Marathon ...

Folks at Wave Waikiki’s New Year’s Eve bash — some 1,600 strong — still are raving about the futuristic to-do featuring entertainment by Big Toe and the Red Door Dancers. For the first time, the Wave remained open till 6 a.m. (instead of 4 a.m.). "It was the largest, most extravagant and busiest party I’ve ever seen here," said Robert "Flash" Hansen, the club’s promotion director ...

And that’s Show Biz ...

Wayne Harada writes Show Biz every Wednesday and Friday.

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