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Ben Wood

Saturday, April 17, 2004


Don Ho will be honored
at Hawaii Theatre April 25


A well-deserved tribute to Don Ho, with an impressive lineup of guest performers, will be held Sunday, April 25, at Hawaii Theatre, 6 p.m. The show's theme is "I'll Remember You." Entertainers include Don's daughter, Hoku, and Nina Kealiiwahamana, Sam Kapu, Marlene Sai, Boyce Rodrigues, Gary Aiko and others. The all-star band will be made up of former Aliis Benny Chong and Rudy Aquino, and Nathan Aweau, Buddy Fo, Ed Maligmat and Dennis Graue. The show is produced by Randie and Jamie Fong. It is bound to be a special night. Tickets are $30 and $65. Don joins Harry Soria in the Hawaiian 105 KINE radio studio tomorrow for a live broadcast to talk about his career. The program will also be carried by 105.1 FM ...

Legit studies show that eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is healthy. Diners who want to eat some of the good stuff can hit Sam Choy's at Diamond head where new pastry chef Fenton Lee has created the restaurant's Chocolate Dessert Buffet. The large selection of chocolate desserts even includes a spiraling fountain that overflows with rich chocolate sauce. Guests are encouraged to dip fruits, pastries, cookies and candy in the sauce ...

'American Idol' voting was right on target

IDOL CHATTER: The "American Idol" voting was right on target this week with the weakest singers in the bottom three and Hawaii's voters coming on strong to carry Jasmine Trias, the 17-year-old Maryknoll senior, into next week's competition. So much for judge Simon Cowell and his complaints about her being too young to compete at such a level. Guest judge Quentin Tarantino, of film fame, was a super addition to this week's program. I'd like to see more of him ...

Hawaiian music legends Genoa Keawe and the late Irmgard Farden Aluli, along with Na Leo, will be profiled on "Emme's Island Moments" Thursday, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., on KHON and repeated April 25, 4 to 5 p.m. Mihana Aluli Souza will talk about her mom. Genoa and Na Leo will be interviewed on the show ... Nina Kealiiwahamana joins the Islanders and hula dancer Debbie Nakanelua tomorrow at the Halekulani's House Without a Key ... Symphony Magazine has named Honolulu Symphony principal timpanist Stuart Chafetz as one of 2004's emerging artists in the conductor category. Stuart has been a guest conductor for symphony orchestras in many mainland cities ...


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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at bwood@starbulletin.com




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