must go on
With a 65-year-old heritage hula show in Waikiki now closed, many Hawaii entertainers will have to find other venues for their talents.
Perhaps the most visible, Kimo Kahoano, joined the production in 1990.
He co-hosted the Kodak-turned-Pleasant Hawaiian Hula Show with May Brown, who had been with the show since 1938, he said.
The show "is an institution, very much a part of Hawaii," he said. "It'll be missed by the members of the cast but especially by all those people who came."
Without the thrice-weekly show, Kahoano will still have old and new in his business life. He's been a host of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon since 1980, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival since 1981, and has entertained or acted as M.C. for conventions and special events.
Speaking of acting, he has done that too, with roles in One West Waikiki, Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P-I, where Kimo "The Detonator" Kahoano was shown setting off the implosion of the old Kaiser Hospital in Waikiki.
It all started when he first stepped on a Waikiki stage for a fire-knife dance in 1966.
He's currently consulting on a political campaign but declined to name the candidate.
Parking not a worryIt may be less humbug to watch UH Warrior football home games on neighbor islands.
While there is a $5 pay-per-view fee, there are no worries about the $5 parking at Aloha Stadium or expensive tickets for illegal parking.
For its policyholders on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, who could view the games for free last year, AIG Hawaii is distributing coupons for one free pay-per-view game.
The Alabama game is excluded due to a broadcast rights issue.
AIG President Robin Campaniano "saw it as a way to both support UH sports as well as thank our policyholders" on neighbor islands, said Lisa Halvorson, director of customer relationship management.
Coupons have been flying out the door at AIG offices on Maui, Kauai and in Kona, and in Hilo from the AIG office and Wal-Mart.
Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
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