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Posted on: Sunday, July 26, 2009

Former Krush singer joins new band Last Minute


By Wayne Harada

Jesse Gamiao, former member of The Krush, has started a new performance band with his fellow Queen's Medical Center security employees. The group, Last Minute, made its debut at the Perry & Price brunch show at Jimmy Buffett at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. After a triple bypass surgery at Queen's, Gamiao began a new job as a Kokua Concierge Greeter at the hospital. See him on Emme Tomimbang's latest TV special, "The Queen's Medical Center: 150 Years of Moments," premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday on KHON2, with a retelecast at 4 p.m. Saturday. ...

SIGHT 'EMS: Pat Ferraris, whose pooch Maile was Toto in Diamond Head Theatre's "Wizard of Oz" last year, gave the DHT costume shop her mom Julie's vintage collection of dresses, including three Diana Freiss creations one of which was mom's 50th wedding anniversary dress. Imagine Ferraris' surprise and delight when the wedding anniversary dress appropriately showed up in a 50th anniversary wedding scene in "The Wedding Singer," donned by Nanilisa Pascua, who plays Rosie Hart, grandmother of the musical's lead Thomas McCurdy (Robbie Hart). "There is your mom's dress," partner Jan Davis whispered to Ferraris. Indeed, the dress was reborn with new glory. ...

Ballerina Amanda Schull took in Manoa Valley Theatre's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which has been extended though Aug. 2. Earlier notables: Broadway actor Matthew Morrison he originated the Lt. Cable role in Broadway's "South Pacific" and will star in Fox's "Glee" (as Will Schuester) this fall in the company of the Dung sisters, Darah and Denby. ...

And Bob and Peg Marcus, who produced the "Bee" workshop production in 2004 at Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires (prior to the New York launch), live here and caught the show. "A first-class job," he said. "Captured the true essence of the show, characters were great. You're missing out on a real treat if you don't see this show." KITV's Justin Fujioka was in over the weekend, when we caught it, too. This one keeps you spellbound with laughter. ...

AROUND TOWN: Jack Cione, director of the Arcadia's annual "Follies" show, took his performing cast and family members a total of 50 on a bus excursion to John Hirokawa's "Magic of Polynesia" show a few nights back at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. ...

Condolences to entertainer Carmen Haugen, of Keith and Carmen Haugen, whose sister, Rose Ku'ulei Brown of Albuquerque, N.M., died July 13 at age 64. ...

ITEMIZATIONS: Actor Matt Damon logged yet another Hawai'i vacation that included time, of course, on the beach. ...

When Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Hawai'i, Christine Nishida, 21-year-old daughter of The Kahala Hotel & Resort's human resources benefits manager Gale Nishida, greeted the royal couple with maile and pikake lei at the hotel's porte cochere. Christine, who was 5 when the couple first visited the then-named Kahala Hilton in 1994, was maintaining a hotel tradition enabling employees' children to greet dignitaries. Another Kahala kid, Dacotah Dooley, 8, daughter of Scarlett Dooley, Kahala's director of revenue and e-commerce, continued the practice by presenting the empress with an orchid bouquet. ...

Hawai'i's premier jazz group, Seawind, has reunited for a "Japan Reunion Tour" to promote its brand new CD, "Reunion," released there by Sony. Four concerts in Tokyo and four in Osaka are set the first Japan shows in 28 years. You Michael Jackson fans should know that Seawind's horn section played "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad." ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Reach Wayne Harada at 266-0926. Read his blog in Friday's TGIF section and at http://showandtellhawaii.honadvblogs.com.