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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 5, 2006

SHOW BIZ
Augie T. joins Poncie Ponce for impromptu jam

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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MAUI WOWIE: When local stand-up Augie T. was on Maui last weekend, he ran into Poncie Ponce and they hit it off. "I was blown away," Augie said of the former "Hawaiian Eye" co-star who portrayed Kim the cabbie but hasn't had much local presence since the vintage TV series went off-air. "He heard of me and I knew who he was through my dad, when I was growing up," said Augie. Ponce, on Maui for a high school reunion event, happened to have his 'ukulele with him and proceeded to strum and sing, giving folks a genuine local-style jam. ...

Comedian-deejay Paul Ogata was on Maui, too, doing a gig at the Maui County Fair. Turned out to be a reunion of sorts: Ogata now living in Los Angeles shared the mike with Kaleo Pilanca, and the aforementioned Augie T. stopped by to do an impromptu bit. Tony Silva of Da Braddahs was there, but not to provide laughs he was selling Da Braddahs merchandise. Figuring he had to make the most of his Island visit, Ogata stuffed himself with local kau kau ... from a Hawaiian plate to a pastele plate, and nearly got sick from all the grinds. ...

WHO'S NEWS: H. Bart McGeehon is new production manager and technical director at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. He comes from Atlanta, where he was tech director for Theatre Emory and a faculty member at Emory University. ...

And Charlie Aldinger is leaving her post at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Oct. 26 to join the marketing staff of Bishop Museum. ...

"Tiger Roundup" is a variety show that will be staged by former McKinley High School band members at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the McKinley auditorium. The production will assemble some grads who've gone on to show biz careers, including Noel Okimoto, Carole Kai, Ron Miyashiro, Terrence Tom, Gary Aiko and The Royal Drifters. Tickets are $20; call 497-2472. ...

Ki ho'alu whiz Jeff Peterson, the son of a Haleakala Ranch paniolo, does have a skosh of Hawaiian blood, his family and friends say, referring to an Island Sounds mention that he didn't. ...

THE LOCAL ANGLE: Local boy Eric Byler's "My Life Disoriented," a film about two Asian-American sisters struggling to adjust to life in a new high school, will be shown Dec. 26 as part of PBS' "Independent Lens" series. Byler, a Moanalua grad, will be home for the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, starting Oct. 19, since his "AMERICANese" screens Oct. 25. ...

Rex Nockengust and Joey Caldarone, two Island-based performers, took in "Bombay Dreams," the Bollywood musical touring in Seattle, and Caldarone made a backstage visit to congratulate local boy Joseph Morales, who has joined the cast. Morales last played Jack in "Into the Woods" at Diamond Head Theatre. ...

When Compadres owner Rick Enos turned 60 last Thursday, wife Nancy threw a family dinner at Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek Inn in Marin County. His publicist since 1983, Lisa Josephsohn, was among those who attended. Another surprise event was held at the Yountville Compadres, where daughter Lauren had her dad help with catering in Napa Valley, only to find folks with Hawai'i ties wishing him a happy birthday. Among them: his sister Margaret Kearns and her husband Dave, from the Big Island; sons Jeff and Scott, who have worked in the restaurant here; and nephew Charlie Bailey, who once managed the Ward Centre restaurant. ...

Kit Samson's Sound Advice will provide dance music at Kapi'olani Community College's Ho'okipa benefit tomorrow at The Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room. ...

LORD AND THE KING: Interesting reading in the Elvis Memorial Fan Club newsletter recently, where Marcia Borie recounts the mutual admiration between Elvis Presley and Jack and Marie Lord, focusing on a visit by The King to the Lords' Kahala apartment where the Lords lived from the heyday of "Hawaii Five-O" to their deaths. ...

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.