Michelle Ramos Hawaii Diary

Michelle Ramos

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

They’re all dressed up
as the rain came down

The rain didn't stop trick-o-treaters this past weekend. On Saturday, you could see princesses, witches and other young characters roaming Ward Centre, picking up treats from participating merchants. Up the street, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, the Honolulu Symphony Pops got into the spirit too. Timpanist Stu Chafetz made a wonderful Spider-Man as he was lowered onto the stage via his own web. ... Congratulations go out to Barbara and Christian Ganne. The couple, who were dressed as Venetians, beat a scarecrow from the "Wizard of Oz," a wicked witch from "Snow White" and even a Jimi Hendrix look-alike, who also sings under the name of Jimmy Borges. The couple won a trip to Las Vegas. ...

With Halloween over, there are only 52 more shopping days left before Santa arrives. To get into the holiday spirit, you might check out "The Polar Express," a reminder of the wonder and magic that holidays can bring if we all just believe. The movie opens next week. ... While driving in the holiday traffic, don't forget to look for Kapiolani Health Foundation's "Geckos in Paradise." I spotted one while sitting in traffic on Nimitz Highway. The 5-foot fiberglass gecko is lounging on the City Mill sign. A map of locations for all 45 geckos will appear in tomorrow's paper. ...

And now the star news: Big City Diner in Kaimuki looked like a "Hawaii" reunion Saturday when co-stars Pete Navy Tuiasosopo and Eric Balfour lunched at separate tables. Also in the restaurant were two crew members. Tuiasosopo was huddling with Hawaii Film Office commissioner Donne Dawson about future productions here. Balfour was there with several friends and one of his sisters visiting from California ... After Lea Salonga finished her two concerts here last week at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, she and her husband and promoter Tom Moffatt headed over to the Sidestreet Inn because the singer wanted some real local food. Listening to some patrons do karaoke, Salonga, who no one seemed to recognize, was urged by her table mates to sing. So she and hubbie dueted "Endless Love" which brought a hushed silence to the crowd and vigorous applause and cheers. After Moffatt escorted the couple outside to their waiting limousine, he briefly returned inside the restaurant announcing, "OK you can all sing again."

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