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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 20, 2006

SHOW BIZ
Reichel bringing his 'Kukahi' show to Blaisdell

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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E. Kamae

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K. Haugen

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Daquioag

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SHOW BREEZES: Keali'i Reichel, a Maui native, brings his acclaimed "Kukahi 2006" show (always a sellout on or close to Valentine's Day on the Valley Island), to Honolulu this year albeit belatedly. The Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Hawaiian whiz will assemble 40 dancers from his Halau Ke'alaokamaile and stage his palette of riches hula, vocals and a multimedia production at the Blaisdell Center at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24. Tickets ($28 to $68) go on sale tomorrow at the Blaisdell box office and at Ticketmaster locations, via phone (877) 750-4400 and at www .ticketmaster.com.

Maui folks can see the 2007 spectacle at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theatre. ...

HAPPY TALK: Eddie Kamae and Keith and Carmen Haugen gave long-time friends Milt and Beth Kloetzel a memorable private performance to mark their 68th wedding anniversary recently at the Hawai'i Kai Retirement Community. Milt Kloetzel is a retired academic veep; Beth is a former Waikiki talent manager. Interestingly, Kamae and his wife, Myrna, have been married 40 years, the Haugens, 28. Combined, they match the Kloetzels' 68. ...

Frank DeLima celebrated his 57th with the David Talismans at Sam Choy's, then they went to see "Nacho Libre." Don't be surprised if DeLima resurrects his Pochoman costume, now that tights are back (thanks to "Libre" and "Superman Returns"). DeLima also brunched at the Royal Hawaiian's Surf Room with ex-manager Millie Fujinaga and wound up singing at a family birthday party nearby. ...

TABLE-HOPPING: At Romano's Macaroni Grill at Ala Moana Center, actress Stefanie Smart, who'll play Mrs. Lovett in Army Community Theatre's "Sweeney Todd" this fall, talked about meat pies (part of her role) with father Tony Smart and a group of pals. At a nearby table were Cherye and Jim Pierce, who picked up on the Stephen Sondheim musical patter, since they'd seen the Tony Award-winning show in New York. The Pierces were dining with Bob Carrigan of San Francisco (who had seen the original production with Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett), who was in town for the Hawai'i Restaurant Show at Blaisdell Center last week. ...

Mountain Apple Co. CEO Jon de Mello dined with daughter Kamokila at The Kahala Resort & Spa one night, near a table occupied by visitors pink from the sun. The strolling trio asked for a tune request, and one lady said "play my very most favorite Hawaiian song, 'Somewhere, Over the Rainbow.' " Wish granted, complete with Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's trademark "oohs" and "ahhs." DeMello's company is the one that licenses the signature Bruddah Iz fave. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: William Daquioag, a member of the Society of Seven Las Vegas, music educator (Jasmine Trias' vocal coach) and producer, is mounting "Young Pinoy Idols Showcase of Stars," from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Pearl City Cultural Center at Pearl City High. The event assembles Filipino troupers ages 8 to 19, including brother-and-sister act A2C (Troy and Cheesa Laureta), Jasmin Idica, Niki Badua, Alia Moon Kim, Summer Eguchi, Katrina Manongdo, Jaclyn Palola and girl group 4GetMeNot (Jaclyn, Jessica and Jocelyn Palola and Tiani Sojot). All are students at Daquioag's The Performing Artist Academy in Waipahu. Tickets are $15, $18 and $25, with $2 pre-sale discounts. Call 671-2547. ...

At an "Oliver!" performance at Paliku Theatre, Matt Brown, 10, who plays Oliver, accidentally sneezed but remained in English character, apologizing, "Excuse me." Caden Waidyatilleka, 12, as the Artful Dodger, quipped in Cockney, "Why, that's all right!" Then the show continued with "Consider Yourself." Remaining performances are tonight through Saturday, with a 1 p.m. matinee tomorrow. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Show Biz is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reach Wayne Harada at 525-8067, wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 525-8055.