In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Makaha Sons’
concert is a hit

IT WAS A successful homecoming for the Makaha Sons at their first "Take a Walk in the Country" concert last weekend.

With a crowd estimated at about 2,000 people, Moon Kauakahi and brothers John and Jerome Koko took to the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday and gave the audience a performance to remember. Del Beazley, Fiji, Raiatea Helm, Robi Kahakalau and Sean Na'auao were also on hand. If you didn't make it to the concert, you're in luck: Plans are to release a CD version of "Take a Walk in the Country" later this year ...

ON BEHALF of every guy who had plans Friday night, I'd like to thank the producers of the Miss Hawaii pageant for airing the swimsuit portion of the contest early in the broadcast. I was home just long enough to catch that vital part of the competition before I had to head out for the evening.

In case you missed it, Miss Diamond Head Kanoelani Gibson was crowned Miss Hawaii 2003; she also took home the talent and viewer's choice awards. My pick to win, Miss Waikiki Jennifer Fairbank, took first runner-up, followed by Miss Garden Isle Olena Rubin and Miss Leeward Oahu Radasha Ho'ohuli. And if you ask me, Miss VIP Kathryn Obra shouldn't have gone home that night empty-handed ...

SPEAKING OF beautiful women, the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush is in town this week to take pictures for an upcoming swimsuit calendar. The cheerleaders were at Gordon Biersch on Sunday to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, and they'll do it again tomorrow at Murphy's from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

If you can't make it downtown tomorrow night, the Gold Rush will also hold daily meet-and-greet sessions at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Call 949-4321 for times and locations ...

THE BLOOD BANK of Hawaii kicked off their "Give a Pint, Get a Pint" promotion yesterday -- they've teamed up with Baskin-Robbins Hawaii to provide a pint of ice cream to everyone who donates blood on Mondays through Aug. 18.

According to Blood Bank of Hawaii President and Medical Director Robin Yim, the summer months and Mondays are traditionally periods of low donor turnout. Help is needed to keep blood supply levels steady; if you're 18 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, head down to one of the donor centers, or call 845-9966 to make an appointment ...

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