Michelle Ramos Hawaii Diary

Michelle Ramos

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

A former Idol gets a trim,
plus a ‘North Shore’ role

Amidst the current "American Idol" hoopla, original finalist Justin Guarini slipped into town to guest on an episode of "North Shore." With his recognizable 'do shorn, he'll be playing himself in the series about the goings-on in an island hotel. The premise lends itself to a lot of celeb sightings. ... Kevin James, who plays Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom "King of Queens" was spotted with three other people at a Maui eatery recently. The actor and his friends ordered seven plate lunches, then ate them family style. James was on Maui to perform at a private party. ...

Congratulations to Punahou student Julia Ogilvie! Julia won the statewide Shakespeare Competition, which got her a weekend in New York City where she represented Hawaii at the national level. Julia wowed the judges with Sonnet 23 and a monologue from "A Midsummer's Nights Dream." The monologue was from Helena's role and Ogilvie said she chose it because it was so unattractive and it showed that Helena was "crazy and insane." The 11th grader walked away with third place and $500. Her favorite judge in the final round of the competition? Courtney B. Vance, who plays the assistant district attorney in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The actor has a bachelor of arts from Harvard and master of fine arts from the Yale Drama School. ...

The hawaii Office of the American Diabetes Association is holding its 10th annual "Partners Fore a Cure" golf tournament on June 23. Golfers will have a chance to win a brand new 2004 Mercedes C230WZ, 7-day Caribbean Cruise, Ping Woods and Bag, Ping Irons, and a $20,000 Tahitian Pearl Pendant from Maui Divers of Hawaii. Lunch and dinner is included. Only 66 teams will be allowed to register (three people make a team). Entry fee is $150 per player for the June 23 event, which will be held at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. For information, call 947-5979 or toll free at 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383).

One of the best deals in town this past weekend was an intimate and relaxing jazz concert put on by the Unstrung Heroes. The Doris Duke Theatre had people sitting in the aisle while listening to Rachel Gonzales on vocals, Nancy Masaki on the cello, Les Peetz on the piano, Ernie Provencher on the bass and Chuck James on the drums. Ellen Masaki also performed Frederic Chopin's Largo, Sonata for Cello and Piano with her daughter Nancy. The concert was worth the 45-minute wait in line, and the price was right. It was free. ...

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