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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 18, 2006

SHOW BIZ
Cameron Crowe meets old friend in Islands

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

Cameron Crowe

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Ron Jacobs

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Duane "Dog" Chapman

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Glenn Cannon

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SHOW ME THE MANA: Cameron Crowe, Oscar-winning screenwriter and director of such films as "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," visited Hawai'i recently and met up with Ron Jacobs, radio's Whodaguy. The two first met in Southern California in 1973, when RJ was programmer at San Diego's KGB-AM/FM, and asked a 15-year-old Crowe to scribble the liner notes for the original "Home Grown" albums. Soon thereafter, Rolling Stone started publishing what would be a string of cover stories authored by Crowe, several of which are included in the magazine's milestone 1,000th edition.

RJ said bringing "Home Grown" to his birthplace has been as exciting as watching Crowe's career soar. "Cameron was so stoked to finally see Don Ho live," Jacobs said. Turned out to be a mutual admiration society Crowe and Ho each admired the other's work. ... Ho's daughter, Kea, a budding entrepreneur, huddled with Crowe on a future project. ...

FIRST BREAK: "Beyond the Break," the filmed-in-Hawai'i original series from The N, a nighttime TV network for teens that's part of the MTV Network, will receive its premiere screening in Hawai'i at the May 27 Sunset on the Beach event in Waikiki.

Three back-to-back episodes will be shown at 7 p.m., though festivities begin at 4 p.m. The N and TeenPeople.com have picked a Mainland fan who will meet the young cast in Los Angeles before heading here for a dream vacation and a chance to be among the first to see the new series, focusing on the world of professional surfing. ...

Jason Tam, a Honolulu native starring in the revival of "A Chorus Line" this October on Broadway, is the lone Isle actor who's a regular. But singer-actress Loretta Ables Sayre also has a recurring role. ...

TRADE WINDS: When Duane "Dog" Chapman and Beth Smith, stars of A&E's "Dog the Bounty Hunter, get married Saturday on the Big Island, there will be a swarm of media, including a camera crew from Jay Leno's "Tonight" show. With the Big Island Film Festival also under way, other folks may aim their lenses on the Chapmans. ...

Glenn Cannon, University of Hawai'i drama professor, thoroughly enjoyed a medley of "Man of La Mancha" themes performed recently by the Hawai'i Youth Symphony Orchestra at a May 7 Aloha Concert at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Cannon will direct the musical, with John Mount playing Cervantes, and Tom Bingham, interim dean of arts and humanities at UH, conducting, next fall at Kennedy Theatre. ...

Janet Maduli has rejoined the Kathy Muller Agency after many years. "It feels great, but I have a lot of catching up to do," she said, and she's proud of the clients that had their careers jump-started here. The latest is Maggie Q, the local girl now in "Mission Impossible III," who pursued a modeling career while still at Mililani High. Upon her graduation, she got gigs in Japan and Hong Kong and now can be seen at the theaters with no less than Tom Cruise. ...

Sunday is the last day to vote for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards favorite entertainer of the year. Ballots are available at Borders and Borders Express locations statewide. ...

HERE 'N' THERE: The Bare-foot Natives (Eric Gilliom and Willie K) are launching the first Barefoot Bash, from 4 to 10 p.m. June 11 at the Lahaina Civic Center on Maui. Besides the Natives, performers will include Henry Kapono, Hapa and The Makaha Sons, with KPOA's Alaka'i Paleko emceeing. Tickets ($30 in advance, $35 at the door) are on sale at various Maui sites or go to www.barefootbash.com. The premiere event is on Kamehameha Day and will be an annual event. ...

Vintner Randy Caparoso, who has moved to Orlando, Fla., became a grandpa for the second time May 5, when daughter Angie and son-in-law Kaiwa welcomed Ruby Mame Kalinokea Rasor. Soon, first grandson Noah, now 2 1/2 years old, will have a playmate. ...

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.