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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, August 20, 2001

The Left Lane
Eh, Auntie, dat you?

Is this a face from your family album? This portrait was found by Dick Roppe of Alpine, Calif., while cleaning out his mother's back room, and on the back it's inscribed, "Portrait of Mrs. Hattie Kahele of La'ie, O'ahu, Hawai'i."

Roppe is an amateur genealogist whose great-aunt, Katharine Rickard Benton, was a painter who lived on O'ahu for several years in the '30s and '40s.

It was the inscription that caused him to e-mail us in search of Mrs. Kahele's relations. "Those of us doing research are often saddened when we come across photos or pictures lacking any identifiable remarks. Knowing how grateful I would be if someone 'found' a picture of a family member, I felt a certain responsibility to see if I could track down Hattie's family," he wrote in an e-mail.

Send inquiries to Roppe: retrope@home.com. And let us know, too, at islandlife@honoluluadvertiser.com.

— Vicki Viotti, Advertiser Staff Writer

Like 'Survivor,' but with cops 'n' crooks

Got a felony record? TV has a job for you. "Danger Island," a reality show now in development is looking for people with criminal records — felons, to be exact.

A dozen ex-convicts will be placed on a remote island and given tasks to complete, while being hunted down

by professional law-enforcement officers, big-game hunters and bounty hunters.

"The executive producer (John Surowy, a former producer for "Oprah") was looking to take reality TV to the next level," associate producer Michael Stevens. "This was just the logical progression."

The 12 contestants — ex-cons (except murderers, rapists or child molesters), who are fathers and who have completed their sentences and parole — will have to complete a different task each episode while being tracked by various "ManHunters."

The survivor wins $1 million for the victim of their most recent crime and a $50,000 scholarship for the convict's child.

— Zap2It.com

'Ukulele organization honors Eddie Kamae

Eddie Kamae, leader of the Sons of Hawai'i, filmmaker and 'ukulele master, will be inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame Sept. 9 in Upper Montclair, N.J., part of the Ukulele Expo 2001 Sept. 8 and 9.

Kamae learned to play the instrument as a boy, after his brother found one aboard a city bus and brought it home. During the 1940s, he teamed up with Shoi Ikemi in an act known as the Ukulele Rascals, then played in various gigs before organizing the Sons of Hawai'i in 1960.

He since has evolved as a filmmaker, specializing in stories about Hawaiians who make a difference.

Kamae can't attend the event because of other commitments but UH professor Byron Yasui, himself a noted 'ukulele and bass player, will accept the award for him. The other inductee this year is the late Arthur Godfrey, who popularized the instrument through his radio and TV shows.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser Entertainment Editor