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Don Ho's spirit strong at Buffett's opening


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POSTED: Saturday, February 07, 2009

It's called Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber now but it used to be Don Ho's showroom before he died and his spirit was certainly there Sunday night during a sneak preview of the spot. Jimmy has kept the stage where Don had it. A special guest Sunday was Don's widow, Haumea Ho. Tom Moffatt called Haumea up and said the stage was dedicated to Don's memory. Haumea was emotional, thanked everyone, and then danced a hula. Nearly 500 invited guests attended. Entertainment was by Henry Kapono, the Kailua Bay Buddies Trio, and ukulele players Taimane Gardner and Jake Shimabukuro. Taimane was one of Don's proteges. She said it was special to be back on stage in what had been “;Uncle Don's”; showroom. She will be a regular performer there. Besides being a showroom, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber ...

Ginai will sing for the third year in a row at the at the American Heart Association's gala fundraiser Feb. 21 at the Sheraton. Ginai is also a star in the Hot Club of Hulaville's “;Chansons d'Amour”; at Manoa Valley Theatre Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m. Hot Club founder Sonny Silva says “;The Hot Club of Hulaville is more than a band; it is a celebration of musicians and fans who appreciate great jazz and style from the Continent and the Coasts, right here in Honolulu.”; “;Les Musiciens”; include Silva on guitar and vocals, Emmett Mahoney, guitar; David Chiorini, bass; and Duane Padilla, violin ... Ann McCormack, a well-known singer here for many years before moving to Vegas, is back in town to visit her son, actor Don Stroud and his wife Teri. Ann will be a guest on Melveen Leed's show at the Elks Club tomorrow, 5 to 8 p.m. Melveen will be backed by musician-singers Tito Berinobis, Rodney Cazimero and Kiki Hugho, as well as Ann's bongo-playing son, Don. There's no cover charge and valet parking is on-site ...

Konrad Ng and his wife, Maya Soetoro Ng, sister of President Obama, celebrated Konrad's birthday at Alan Wong's restaurant Wednesday night. The president also likes Wong's food, having dined there on his recent holiday vacation and during visits to see family members well before he was a household name ... Fresh milk from Island Dairy on the Big Island is now available at any Foodland store. Bahman Sadeghi owns Island Dairy. Up until last Thursday, Clover Dairy, also on the Big island, was the only other dairy producing fresh milk in Hawaii—and only for consumers on the Big Isle ... For Valentine's Day gifts, Martin & MacArthur has crafted koa sweetheart rocking chairs for two. But if you and your honey are not ready for the rocking chair yet, you can always head for a shop that sells bicycles built for two ...