In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Swimsuit model search
gets under way

ALWAYS wondered what it would be like to work as a swimsuit model?

No, not as a circuit girl who shows up at the different bikini contests around town, but as an actual catalog model or maybe even as one of the ladies featured in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue?

If you think you can pay rent by rocking a bathing suit, check out this year's "Venus Model Search," starting tomorrow night at Tropics in Kailua. Hosted by the Unique Models Agency and co-sponsored by Revolution Motor Sports and Corona, the search continues the first three Saturdays in August, followed by a final round on Sept. 4 at Volcanoes Nightclub.

The best thing about entering this contest? There's no risk -- all models participate for free, with an all-expenses-paid, four-day photo session with professional photographers in Florida up for grabs.

The competition starts tomorrow at 10 p.m. in Kailua; call 685-3300 for details on how you can enter next week's preliminary round ...

BEING A bikini model just not your thing? How's about being an "Island Idol" instead?

Entrants are being sought by the Central YMCA for their upcoming "Island Idol Contest," scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ocean Club.

Hosted by 104.3 XME afternoon jock K.C., the event also features an appearance by Miss Hawaii 2004 Olena Rubin and a comedy performance by Frank DeLima. Contestants in the song contest will compete for a Las Vegas flyaway, neighbor island trips and dinner for two at selected Honolulu restaurants.

Tickets for the 21-and-over party are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit to enter the song contest, or call 941-3344 ...

LOTS OF concerts going on this weekend -- tickets are still on sale for Michelle Branch tonight at the Waikiki Shell, KCCN FM-100's "Birthday Bash" tomorrow and Saturday at the Shell, Star 101.9's "Summer Heat Rave" with Lit and local openers Last in Line and Living in Question at Volcanoes on Saturday and the "Love Festival" at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, also on Saturday ...

HIP-HOP FANS want to check out Blue Tropix on Sunday starting at 4 p.m., when "Rumble in the Garden: Round 2" gets under way.

Presented by 4 Corners and Imagery Division, "Rumble in the Garden" features a b-boy/b-girl battle and an MC battle, with winners being flown to California in order to represent the 808 state at "Freestyle Session 8."

Ten bucks gets you in on Sunday, and Kutmaster Spaz will be on hand with a camera crew to film for an upcoming episode of "Dis-N-Dat." DJs Skid and Jahson the 45 Revolver will be on the decks; Nomadd will serve as "referee." Call 696-5591 ...

I'LL BE ON vacation next week, inflicting damage on my liver as I celebrate yet another birthday. See you back in this space on Aug. 10 ...

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