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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 17, 2007

SHOW BIZ
Bruddah Iz inspires Shimabukuro on latest CD

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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OH, BROTHER: Jake doing Iz? Not exactly, but 'ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, a lifelong fan of the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, has recorded "Over the Rainbow" in a new mini-album due in September titled "My Life."

Shimabukuro, 31, will put his own spin on "Rainbow," without the oohs, of course, on the six-song sampler. "Israel always has been one of my heroes growing up from the first time I heard him on 'The Makaha Sons' Live at the Makaha Bash' album, which brought tears to my eyes. Nobody does what he can do; it's just magic."

The new compilation also will features his kid brother, Bruce Shimabukuro, 26, on a remake of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time."

"It'll be songs that I've loved over the years," said Jake. "I've also recorded Led Zeppelin's 'Going to California' and some Beatles songs, including 'In My Life' (which is the peg for the disc's title)."

Bruce also has a new album, "Bits & Pieces," out today, on which Jake guest-performs. "It's nice that we can share music together," said Jake.

"He's become so serious about music. The old records I've been listening to, he's now listening to. He has had my Bob Dylan CD in his car or in his room. That's great; he's changing and growing." ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Talked to Jerry Hopkins, the ex-Islander who works and writes from his Thailand base. He's putting the finishing touches on his Don Ho coffee-table book, which should be published by Watermark before the holiday season. Hopkins wanted our take on Ho's last few months, after his stem-cell procedure. So what's the tome's title? "I don't know," he said. "I like 'Don Ho: I'll Remember You.' " Makes sense. ...

Mike Evans, the former Isle deejay who has made an art of doing celeb chatter broadcasts (on KSSK in Honolulu, with airings on stations on the Big Island, Maui and Kaua'i) as well, is visiting this week, hoping to get over to the Big Island to see what's up with the "Indiana Jones IV" filming.

Anyway, Evans snoops and scoops wherever he goes. He's L.A.-based, and I love his sign-on, "from the land of fruits, nuts and flakes." ...

DATES TO CIRCLE: Those who savor the Connie Kissinger-Kit Samson memories from their Sound Advice stint way back when the Kahala Hilton was the joint where it was happening will want to check out singer Kissinger's serenades when she guests with keyboarder Samson from 9 to 10 p.m. July 26 at the Pakele Lounge of the Ala Moana hotel. Samson has been assembling warblers in recent weeks a recent one included Shari Lynn. ...

If it's jazz you're thirsty for, Abe Lagrimas Jr. gives a performance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Honolulu Club on Ward Avenue. ...

Fore! That Don Ho Memorial Golf Tournament, to help raise funds for a planned plaque and statue of Mr. Waikiki, is set for his birthday, Aug. 13 (he would have turned 77), at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course.

Registration for the three-person scramble starts at 11 a.m., with a shotgun launch at noon. Entry fee is $150 per player or $450 per team. Register at www.donhogolftournament.com. ...

NAMES 'N' PLACES: Kapena DeLima, son of veteran trouper Kelly "Boy" DeLima of Kapena, the group, has taken on a new role deejay at the University of San Francisco. He is one of the volunteer jocks on the campus radio station's Hawaiian music show (must be a lot of expats there) and he's heard as Pena Bu, his on-air handle, on the "AlohaWavez" show from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays. ...

Singer Ginai (aka Ginai K. Kurti) has three weekly gigs from 7:30 p.m. Thursdays with the Mike Times Experience at the Pearl Ultra Lounge, Ala Moana Center; from 10 p.m. Fridays with Pierre Grill at the Dragon Upstairs in Chinatown; and nightly aboard the Ali'i Kai Catamaran. She and hubby have remodeled a Makaha property once owned by wrestler Lord "Tallyho" Blears. ...

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.