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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 15, 2010

Jesse Kuhaulua still a draw in Hawaii

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Cynthia Hiranaga got an autograph from Jesse Kuhaulua, Hawai'i's first sumo champ, at a benefit garage sale.

Photo courtesy St. Francis Healthcare System of HI

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Jude Law

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Sell sumo memorabilia and he will come.

Jesse "Takamiyama" Kuhaulua, Hawai'i's first sumo champion, made a special appearance yesterday at the World Wings International-Hawaii Chapter's "Not Your Ordinary Garage Sale" at the McKinley High School cafeteria.

Kuhaulua signed autographs and took photographs with collectors at the event, which featured sumo items including posters, magazines and calendars, and rare yukata and tea cups. Pan Am memorabilia, clothing, housewares, books and other items also were sold.

Proceeds will benefit St. Francis Hospice, the first and largest hospice program in Hawai'i. A portion of the proceeds also will support CARE International's disaster relief efforts to Haiti. World Wings International is the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants.


The star-studded romance "Valentine's Day" wooed audiences with a $52.4 million opening weekend, easily grabbing the No. 1 spot over the holiday that shares its name, according to studio estimates yesterday.

Opening in a tight race for No. 2 were 20th Century Fox's action fantasy "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" with $31.1 million over three days and Universal's werewolf tale "The Wolfman" with $30.6 million.


Jude Law and Rachel Weisz got the thumbs-up from London theatergoers yesterday, winning top acting honors at the city's only stage awards decided by the public.

Law's "Hamlet" won him the best actor prize at the Whatsonstage awards, run by a major theater Web site. Weisz was named best actress for playing faded southern belle Blanche Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire."

A sellout production of "Waiting for Godot" starring theatrical knights and "X-Men" co-stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart was voted theater event of the year.


Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died yesterday. He was 57.

Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack's manager, Jake Hooker.

Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles in 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "My Sharona," which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks and became a pop culture phenomenon.

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