In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Miss Hawaii gets
emotional after title win

IT TOOK four tries, but 23-year-old Olena Rubin can finally say she's heading to Atlantic City as Hawaii's representative in the Miss America pageant.

Rubin was crowned Miss Hawaii 2004 on Friday night, and looked like she was barely able to contain herself as Miss Hawaii 2003 Kanoelani Gibson congratulated her on-stage along with the other contestants.

Besides the overall title, Miss West Oahu also won the pageant's swimsuit competition (for the second year in a row) and talent contest. Miss Honolulu Amber Stone was named first runner-up, and Miss Garden Isle Mi Nei Oliver took home the Lex Brodie's Viewers Choice Award.

These women aren't competing just for the chance to be Miss America, either -- along with thousands of dollars in scholarships, Rubin also received the keys to a Mercedes Benz, which she'll get to use during her reign as Miss Hawaii ...

TICKETS GO on sale Saturday for an August concert with Pennywise at Pipeline Cafe.

Led by guitarist Fletcher Dragge, the punk rock quartet returns to Honolulu after playing at Cypress Hill's SmokeOut and the Vans Triple Crown Surf Fest in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

The Aug. 12 show's start time hasn't been finalized yet, but tickets will be available at 9 a.m. Saturday at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call (877) 750-4400 to charge by phone ...

MOST LOCAL residents associate Robby Naish with watersports like windsurfing and kiteboarding. But these days, the 41-year-old has turned his attention away from the ocean and is trying to make a mark in the world of competitive auto racing.

Naish is featured in the June 2004 issue of SportsCar Magazine, where he talks about his involvement in the Sports Car Club of America and his experiences driving muscle cars like a Ferrari 360 Spyder and a Formula 1 race car. And Maui residents, take note -- if you see a 1977 Porsche 911S tooling around Haiku, that's probably Robby ...

HARDCORE FANS of local rockers Go Jimmy Go will be heading to music stores this week, as the band re-releases its debut album, "Slow Time."

While the guys are still working on a new album, "Open the Door," touring the mainland means they also need to have product to sell to fans at their shows. The repackaged and remastered (by Steven Escallier and Chris Murray at the Vibe Asylum) CD does just that, plus it includes two previously unreleased tracks -- "Guenon" and "Plantation" ...

DID YOU head to the Mercury on Thursday night expecting to hear jazz music? Me, too. Turns out the new "Mercurial Jazz" party takes place on the third Friday of each month, so we were a day early ...

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