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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, October 8, 2003

All things ki ho'alu, 'ukulele on Web site

Advertiser Staff and News Service

Andy Wang, a transplanted Islander who lives in New Jersey, couldn't get slack key out of his head or heart after he attended the Beamer family's Aloha Music Camp on the Big Island, studying the guitar style (ki ho'alu) with singer/songwriter/guitarist Keola Beamer. So Wang launched a Web site devoted to slack key and 'ukulele: www.taropatch.net.

In a year, the site has drawn 460 members from 31 states. The site includes links, message boards, record reviews and classified ads for members who want to sell equipment.

Diaz's 'stay-up' bikini was made in Hawai'i

Here's one good reason to check out a bikini-clad Cameron Diaz, who is featured on the cover of the Sept. 22 issue of US Weekly magazine: Her bikini was designed by Iwalani Isbell, designer and owner of Pualani Hawai'i swimwear.

Isbell said her company gave Diaz and a girlfriend a showing of swimsuits at a private home, and Diaz and her cohort bought several pieces.

"Cameron's thing is surfing and our suits are designed to stay up," said Isbel, who was once featured on a postcard— in a bikini — surfing a monster wave. "She autographed a calendar for us and wrote how much she loves the suits. She's really a down-to-earth person. Really nice." (See www.pualanihawaii.com for store locations or to order Pualani Hawai'i products.)

As for the article, it's a four-page spread showing Justin Timberlake surfing, Diaz dancing on the beach and Diaz smooching with Timberlake in the water at Waikiki, along with tidbits such as Diaz hoping a third "Charlie's Angels" movie could be shot in Hawai'i.

Oct. 25 a day for making a difference

Mark the date on your calendar: Oct. 25, the annual Make a Difference Day. It's a day of do-good, help-people, save-the-planet deeds.

Makeadifferenceday.com lists 11 projects for the Islands, as of presstime. Last year, more than 50 groups listed projects.

Make a Difference Day is an annual community service project effort sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation. Winning projects net awards for nonprofit associations.

To find out more, check the Web site or call (800) 416-3824.

Correction: The 'ukulele Web site www.taropatch.net has 460 registered members. An item in a previous version of this Left Lane misspelled Andy Wang's name in one reference and gave an incorrect membership number for the Web site.