Mos Def plays Pipe in April
IT WAS first reported in this column last week that Brooklyn rapper Mos Def
will return to Honolulu in April.
I first heard about the possibility of another appearance back in February, and was encouraged to hear Good Vibez Entertainment had secured a date later this month at Pipeline Cafe. But just days after Pipeline's Jed Roa announced the show, a second press release was issued that said Mos would perform April 12 at the club.
Pre-sale tickets for the concert are $38 and are available at DIG Lifestyles and via presaleticketsonline.com. Mos Def's latest album, "True Magic," dropped in December, so expect a different set from the one he did here in 2005. Let's hope he arrives in a better mood this time around, too ...
CONGRATS TO accountant Brigette Patton, who was voted winner of the 2007 Maxim Model Search last weekend.
The Makiki resident beat out 13 other contestants in the final round of the competition, and will now travel to the mainland for a shot at the national title and a photo spread in an upcoming issue of the magazine. She made it into the finals after finishing in the top three at a preliminary event held last month at Zanzabar.
Saturday's finals were a star-studded affair, with TV personality Cindy Paliracio and KQMQ's Justin Cruz sharing hosting duties and "Lost" star Daniel Dae Kim helping to judge the competition with SMART Magazine's Sarah Honda and the Star-Bulletin's own John Berger. Russell Tanoue, promoter Rick Rock and Pearl's Beau Mohr were spotted in the VIP lounge ...
THE STARS also came out on Friday, when Canoes at the Ilikai Hotel hosted a VIP reception in honor of "Hawaii Five-O" and the release of the television show's first season on DVD.
Emme Tomimbang and Kimo Kahoano tried hard to keep the crowd entertained, but it was apparent early on that attendees were either more interested in the pupu spread or didn't have the volume set high enough on their hearing aids to discern what was being said over all the noise.
After watching the Don Tiki Dancers perform and listening to speeches by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Film Commissioner Donne Dawson and producer Chris Lee, I started to make my way out when a fireworks display began.
I don't know what was funnier -- the reactions of guests at the party when they were scared by the explosions, or the scrambling that took place when they realized the strong winds that night were carrying glowing embers directly into the crowd ...
AFTER BEING forced to shut down on Lewers Street when the Waikiki Beach Walk project started construction in 2005, Red Lion quickly found a new home in the former Bedroq Bar and Grill near Puck's Alley.
This week, Red Lion returns to Waikiki while remaining open in Manoa. The bar opens on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki in the space that formerly housed Deep Blue ...