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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SHOW BIZ
Marlene Sai is Seniors' Fair ambassador

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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Singer-actress Marlene Sai will be the ambassador of the 2008 Seniors' Fair The Good Life Expo, Sept. 21-23 at the Blaisdell Center.

Now, don't call her tutu or auntie; she is a senior, but still very much young at heart.

"We are pleased to have Marlene represent the show," said show producer Mike Rossell. "She really embodies the quality of our presentation. ..."

The Advertiser is a sponsor of the seniors' fair. ...

HAWAIIANA: Kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes, who are mister and missus, of course, are mounting a benefit for their halau, Ka La 'Onohi Mai o Ha'eha'e, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hawai'i Theatre. "Ku'u Ha'eha'e 2008" will assemble a roster of talent that will exhibit a diverse range of Island music falsetto singing, traditional hula, ki ho'alu, even kolohe comedy.

The cast includes the kumu twosome, Karen Keawehawai'i (Tracie's mom, for those who didn't know), Aunty Flo and Aunty Mapuana, Jeff Auhoy, Kimo Alama Keaulana, Les Ceballos, Ikaika Blackburn, O'Brian Eselu, Hau'oli and Ku'ulei Akaka, Lanihuli Lee, Lopaka Kanaka'ole, Jamie Nakama, Samdhi Hawai'i, Chad Takatsugi, Keoni Souza, Joe and Shirley Recca, Ho'omanawanui Apo, John and Joy Aiwohi, Kehau Tamure, Brandon and Joy Parades, Kamalani Ho Wehrsig, and Tino and Kapua Dalire Moe.

How this show can fit a three-hour format will be a challenge. Tickets: $25 and $35. Call 528-0406, or go to www.hawaiitheatre.com. ...

AROUND TOWN: Danny Couch, who performs Wednesday nights at the Ainahau Ballroom of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel, is in the midst of completing a new CD, due this month. ...

At "3 Men and a Mahu" last Thursday night, an Asian showed up, too. Paul Ogata, who's visiting, did a killer half-hour set, joining Shawn Felipe, Lanai, Champ Kaneshiro and Mento Mahu at Brew Moon. Malika Dudley, weather person on KGMB 9, was in the audience, providing beauty, along with Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2007, Moani Hara. By the way, Kaneshiro and Lanai head for The Grove for the Anaheim Fourth of July weekend, so if you're headed that way, you might want to check 'em out. ...

Oye como va (listen how it goes): Where in the world is Carlos Santana? Try Compadres Bar & Grill in the Lahaina Cannery Mall on Maui; he was chatting with g.m. Steve Austin and raving about the Mexican-inspired breakfast menu! Now if he'd only do a concert here in the Islands again like, perhaps at the Diamond Head Crater Festival? ...

Must be their destiny: The Brothers Cazimero's "Destiny" (Mountain Apple Records) is No. 1 on local charts. Hope it holds up till the CD release party, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 13 at Chai's Island Bistro, at Aloha Tower Marketplace. ...

SEEN 'N' HEARD: Taimane Gardner, the wizard on uke, and Konishiki, the retired sumotori who sings, performed at seven private shows for Toyota Japan the past two weeks at the Halekulani hotel. She'll also be seen on national Japanese TV, performing with the rock group Tube, and she treks to Japan tomorrow to complete her second album, due later this summer. She completed her last gig with The Royal Hawaiian hotel's lu'au last Thursday (the hotel now is closed for remodeling) and will join the Tihati lu'au show at Sea Life Park this summer. ...

Bud Forrest's patriotic show, "In the Mood," has played all over the country (including twice at the Hawai'i Theatre), but the producer-keyboardist had never visited Pearl Harbor. Patty Sherman rectified that by taking him to the historic site, which made him experience "chicken skin." The visit also "put everything in perspective," he said. ...

FINALLY: Want to see your boss sweat? Hawaii Business magazine is teaming up with The Medical Corner, Honolulu Club, PM Realty and the American Heart Association to search for Hawaii's Fittest Executives. This program seeks out business leaders who are as physically fit as they are fiscally fit.

At a Honolulu Club launch recently, the notables included Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona (who climbs stairs); and L&L's Eddie Flores, whose fitness regimen includes running around the Flores compound every morning. Plus Communications-Pacific honcho Kitty Lagareta, who, with publicist Aubrey Hawk, want to challenge their public relations colleagues. Go to www.hawaiibusiness.com to nominate your boss to take a 15-minute evaluation. ProService coowners Ben Godsey and Dustin Sellers are stepping up to take the test, too, with buzz that George Wier, senior vice president at First Hawaiian Bank, is eager to sign on. Employees can collect pledges to support the heart association. ...

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.