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Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2001

Show Biz
Kapalua spa has a celebrity-studded week

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

STAR WATCH: The place to be for celebrity sightings last week was the Fitness Center and Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Sweating it out: Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Joe Torre of the New York Yankees, actor Clint Eastwood, and golfers Tiger Woods, David Duval, Jesper Parnevik and several more. At the spa, you get a mint-scented oshibori towel and chilled water with lemon, to cap your workout. Talk about the pampered life . . .

Mai Tai Sing, the hostess with the mostest at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s Ciao Mein, is off to Las Vegas this weekend to rub shoulders with the glitterati of Vegas at a Woman of the Year tribute tomorrow to Debbie Reynolds at Caesars Palace. Tony Curtis, her long-time friend and a sometimes Isle resident, is one of the co-hosts, so it’ll be old home week for Sing . . .

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak made good his promise to Keo Sananikone, returning to Keo’s in Waikiki a second night before leaving town. Same night, different table: Barbi Benton, the actress with the Playboy background . . .

TO SIR, WITH LOVE: Elton John sightings continue to surface, even though he’s left town. The rocker descended upon Abercrombie and Fitch and dropped well over $3,000. A shopaholic, yes? . . .

Barry Love of Wahiawa is an Elton John fan to the max; took in both Friday’s and Saturday’s concerts last weekend at Blaisdell Arena. When Sir Elton played his solo gig last year, Love had a friend shoot a picture of him handing the rocker a stuffed Simba doll from "The Lion King." This year, Love showed up Saturday with an 8-by-10 blow-up of the photo, including a framed one for the singer (which a security aide brought backstage), and during the concert, Love managed to get up to the stage and call out, "Elton, remember this from a year ago?" He did - and then autographed the photo for Love . . .

THE PARTY LINE: Don Ho and daughter Hoku partied at the Zanzabar Monday night. She, of course, is in town for tomorrow’s Hula Bowl on Maui . . .

San Francisco radio personality Jim Lang got the VIP treatment recently from longtime pal Don Ho while he was in town to do a live radio show here for KABL in the City by the Bay. Ho was interviewed from the Kelly suite at the Ohana Reef Towers and the TV crew was invited not only to Ho’s show at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel but also to Don Ho’s Island Grill. Ho and Lang also golfed and swapped memories of Lang’s deejay days in the ’70s when he was one of the key boosters of Ho’s early Mainland tours . . .

Curt Wheeler, general manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House at The Shops at Wailea, will get an early wake-up call today, since Michael W. Perry and Larry Price bring a slew of Honolulans to the restaurant for a live-from-Ruth’s Chris KSSK broadcast this morning. Hula Bowl players will be bountiful, too, gobbling a steak-and-eggs buffet not normally on the menu . . .

TUBE TOPICS: Joan Namkoong’s kitchen will be on the Food Network’s "Ultimate Kitchen" at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Advertiser food editor prepared tea roast duck before assembled chefs Alan Wong, George Mavrothalassitis, Russell Siu and Goran Streng . . .

And localite Garry Moore is a contestant on "Your Big Break" at 11 p.m. Sunday on KGMB-TV . . .

And that’s Show Biz . . .

Wayne Harada writes Show Biz every Wednesday and Friday.

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