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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2001

The Left Lane
Surfer Girl

Waialua High School graduate Megan Abubo may have had her reign as the world's top-ranked female professional surfer come to an abrupt end when she dropped to No. 4, but the 23-year old is still riding high with Rolling Stone magazine.

Magazine editors recently featured Abubo's comments and semi-au-naturel physique in its annual Sports Hall of Fame layout, along with such current flavor-of-the-month sports notables as Oakland Athletics slugger Jason Giambi and Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

Dubbing Abubo "a female Kelly Slater," Rolling Stone asks about her love of Spam ("I have not touched

Spam since I was about 14."), taste in Hawaiian music ("Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ... is a really good artist, one of the best.") and if she's ever seen the time-capsule-worthy "Brady Bunch" trilogy of episodes set in Hawai'i ("Uh, no.").

The June 7 issue with Abubo was the one with wrestling's The Rock on its cover.

— Derek Paiva, Advertiser staff writer

Help with housing

In an effort to show more people in the Islands that they can afford to buy a house here, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is sponsoring a series of free community Homebuyer Fairs.

There are two coming up: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Waimanalo Public Library; and 9 a.m.-noon June 30 at Susannah Wesley Community Center.

More than a dozen groups and government organizations, including the Mortgage Bankers Association of Hawai'i, the Self-Help Housing Corp. and the Honolulu Board of Realtors, are participating.

— Mike Leidemann, Advertiser staff writer

Not so fake

"Jurassic Park III" charges into theaters July 18, but fear already has been visited upon the movie's cast and crew: The robotic dinosaur puppets were too real for comfort.

"You see the blood pulsing in their veins, and their eyes looking and blinking at you, pupils dilating," says co-star Michael Jeter. "I felt like a 5-year-old afraid of things under the bed."

"The actors don't have to act being afraid. They are afraid," says effects wiz Stan Winston, who created the dinosaurs in all three "Jurassic Park" movies. "For a machine that powerful to get out of hand for a moment, which it can do and has done, is very dangerous."

— USA Today