Erika Engle

Ex-pat Kikaida-heads
living in the Bay Area
can wax nostalgic

HAWAII ex-pats around San Francisco can soon reconnect with a TV show they'd rush home from school to watch in their hanabata days.

Businesswoman Joanne Ninomiya, who owns rights to the campy, Japanese action hero series "Kikaida," is exporting the show to KTSF-TV in the City by the Bay.

"It's an Asian channel," she said. It will air at midnight Saturdays starting April 16.

Former Verizon Hawaii spokesman Keith Kamisugi, who now lives in San Francisco, has fond and vivid memories of the show.

"I still like jump off sumtin' tall and double-chop sumbody," he wrote in an e-mail.

Old branding new again

Viewers of the Merrie Monarch Festival on KITV starting tonight will see and hear an updated version of the station's familiar "Island Television" jingle.

Composed by Pierre Grill and performed by Willie K, it is being relaunched after being reworked by Pali, a local band recruited by KITV Creative Services Director Marty Schlesinger. Pali will be seen and heard in a 10-second station identification message. Other artists may audition to perform by sending a CD or DVD to Schlesinger at 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813.

Longest worker contest

On the job a long time? Enter the Star-Bulletin's Longest Worker Contest to find the Hawaii resident who has worked at the same place for the longest time.

Please send a brief profile including name, age, place and length of employment, phone number, the best time to be reached and an e-mail address, if desired. The winner will receive $100 in dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Entries must be received by April 11.

Send your information via mail to Longest Worker Contest, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813; or e-mail to longestworker@starbulletin.com .

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Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin. Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached at: eengle@starbulletin.com

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