Saturday, August 27, 2005

Review of "Revelations"..... internet radio station in the Bronx, New York.

Sending out my EPK to various Christian radio stations a while back in July, 2005 there was a response from an internet radio station in the Bronx in New York. I forwarded a CD to the owner Delroy Souden and thought that nothing happened. For some reason there was this feeling that I should check out the internet website. To my great surprise "Revelations" was on the review list!!! Wow, now that's cool!!! Here's the review of "Revelations" from halfway around the world in the Bronx!!! Hoooo hoooo!!!!


Michael Chock - Revelations

Michael Chock is a Hawaiian musician brining his brand of Hawaiian Christian Jazz to the forefront. Revelations is a collection of some good music. Different of course if you have never heard Hawaiian Christian Jazz, but definitely not distasteful. In fact I like this CD and would recommend it to anyone who is in search of something different. There are some familiar songs on this CD including “Amazing Grace”…Michael’s own arrangement, "Rejoice", a happy number that showcases some instruments I am not familiar with. "Blessed Assurance" is another song that everyone knows. I really like this album and can appreciate it, me being a member of the world community and always like to hear gospel music from other parts of the world. Be sure to check this album on Michael’s website at: and purchase a copy. You’ll be glad you did. difference is clear!


Put this date on your calender.....

............Sunday, November 20, 2005.....A Cool Tropical Jazz Nite at New Hope Leeward....

I was talking to my friend yesterday and he let me listen to the horn arrangement for my song "Amazing Grace". All I could say was, "Wow"!! Aaron's writing out the horn section charts so that Greenwood, the band I was a part of for many years, will be able to perform songs from my debut CD live. This past week the lyrics and chords to songs from my CD "Revelations" was emailed to my bandmates in Greenwood in preparation for practice for "A Cool Tropical Jazz Nite at New Hope Leeward". I can't wait to see how the songs are gonna sound live, it should be cool!!!!

We're still trying to firm up the lineup for the November 20th date. At this moment it will be Greenwood performing songs from "Revelations" and Aaron Aranita with his
All-Star Jazz Ensemble performing songs from his current CD release "Don't Stop the Feeling". Kirk Thompson of Kalapana & Lemuria fame as well as a few surprise guests may be a part of this also. It's gonna be exciting and very, very cool. Put that date on your calender!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Follow the Yellow Brick Road....

Perhaps one of the hardest things to succeed at in this life is in the world of entertainment. For every success there is literally thousands of stories that did not end in success. There are just so many talented people out there with what they call the total package or part of the package, but like all things it really comes down to supply and demand, a little bit of timing and dare we say luck. In this business there's tons of supply but the demand? Well that's quite another story. Here's an article from yesterday's Honolulu Advertiser. In this state of Hawaii you would think that if anyone had a shot at success in the entertainment field it would be the 50th state's own Jasmine Trias. It's tough, it's rough and the entertainment will just chew you up, spit you out just like that. Pretty uncool sometimes, but, as Frank Sinatra used to say, "That's Life".

Posted on: Monday, August 22, 2005

Jasmine will sweat for stardom

By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer

Jasmine Trias has been all over O'ahu lately, promoting her new CD. Here, she is attending a reception last Monday for the "Lilo & Stitch 2" direct-to-DVD movie at the Turtle Bay Resort.

GREGORY YAMAMOTO | The Honolulu Advertiser

Jasmine Trias joined Mayor Mufi Hannemann last week at a Honolulu Hale news conference to unveil a public-service announcement for the city. It is one of many events Trias has taken on to gain exposure.

Life after "American Idol" for Jasmine Trias means long days and nights signing autographs at places like the Hawai'i Kai Costco on a Sunday afternoon for 50 to 60 fans, then hustling over to the Royal Kunia Wal-Mart to meet and greet 100 more.

She made a red carpet appearance last week at the premier of the new "Lilo & Stitch 2" direct-to-DVD movie, then caught a flight the next day to Toronto to sing at the 2005 Mabuhay Festival Show featuring performers of Filipino descent.

Trias has appeared at Kmart and has sung at the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. She has signed autographs at Watanabe Floral in Kalihi and has headlined the Hawai'i State Farm Fair. Two weeks ago, she and Mayor Mufi Hannemann unveiled a public-service announcement on behalf of the city's online drivers' license renewal program.

She promotes her new CD through performances and "in-store" autograph sessions at Borders Books & Music and Tower Records in Hawai'i, California and Las Vegas, where she is treated like a star — mostly by large groups of Asian-Americans, die hard "American Idol" fans and expatriate Hawai'i residents living on the Mainland.

"We take every single offer," said her Hawai'i agent, Lincoln Jacobe, CEO of Hawaii Pacific Entertainment. "It's all about the promotion and the exposure and the publicity. The more events you do, the more (CD) sales. She wants to make it happen and she'll do whatever it takes."

"Jasmine Trias," a CD of 15 hip-hop and R&B songs, debuted July 12. Soon after, it sold 5,000 copies in a week and registered at No. 11 on Billboard's new artist chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks sales for the music industry.

That same week the No. 1 selling album on Billboard's Top 200 chart was R. Kelly's TP.3 Reloaded, which sold 139,000 copies.

In the month since "Jasmine Trias" debuted, the record has sold a total of 9,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is no longer listed on any Billboard charts.


"Jasmine Trias," the CD, gets limited radio time in Hawai'i and is difficult to find on Mainland stations.

"I don't want to say anything negative," said Chuck Cotton, vice president and general manager of Clear Channel Radio Hawai'i, which has seven radio stations in Honolulu, including top-rated KSSK. "She's competing with every other artist out there and obviously what we have to do is play the stuff that tests with listeners. We played it for a while until it just didn't hold up in the testing. ... Our livelihood is advertising. The way you get advertising is to get good ratings. The way you get good ratings is you play what people want to hear."

KUMU-FM, a light rock station, has been playing the first three cuts of "Jasmine Trias" and has "been getting some phone calls" requesting her songs, said Ed Kanoi, operations manager for Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment.

"I try to give everything a good 14, 16 weeks before making a decision," Kanoi said. "Sometimes it takes a long time for things to hit in this market. Right now, (with 'Jasmine Trias') I'm still at this gauging stage. ... If they don't stick, they're gone after 14 weeks or so."

Gary Greenberg, Trias' Los Angeles entertainment attorney, said "It's a mystery to us" why radio stations — especially in the Islands — aren't giving "Jasmine Trias" more play time.

"We thought it would hit all of them," Greenberg said. "It has hip-hop and R&B but also a pop ballad. It's in that mode of a Mariah Carey and J-Lo. We thought people would be burning up the phone lines begging to hear it on the radio.

"I tell all of my clients that the chances of success are very small for a new artist, even when you have something like 'American Idol' behind you," Greenberg said. "From an industry standpoint, there probably is a certain amount of skepticism in the industry whether or not a Hawai'i artist could really become a mainstream success because it's never happened. But if you listen to Jasmine's record and hear her sing, it becomes very clear very quickly that she is a mainstream pop artist."

Despite the limited CD sales, Greenberg said Trias is doing well financially. Many of her appearances are free — such as a new arrangement she has with the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau to talk about Hawai'i during interviews with Mainland, magazine-style television programs.

But she has endorsement deals with Pizza Hut/Taco Bell and Inspiration Furniture in Hawai'i. In the Philippines, she has endorsement deals with McDonald's, Hapee toothpaste, Bench Clothing and the Smart Communication cell-phone company.

"Financially she's doing great. She's doing great," Greenberg said. "We'll leave it at that."


Two seasons after she placed third on Fox Television's "American Idol," Trias said she's willing to put in long hours and log plenty of miles to reach her goal of attaining stardom beyond Hawai'i, the Philippines and her strong Asian-American fan base.

Trias knows that it could take several years to achieve "cross-over" status and appeal to a mainstream, Mainland and international audience. She looks to Latino actress-singer Jennifer Lopez as a role model.

As her representatives try to land Trias her own movie or television deal, Trias hopes her CD will reach the platinum plateau of selling 1 million copies.

"Some people think in four years I'm going to give up, but that's definitely not me," Trias said. "I'm going to keep on going until it happens because I love doing it. Now that I've got my foot in the door I don't want to stop. I want to keep on going. Since there isn't that Filipino or someone from Hawai'i that's broken those barriers, I want to be that first one to break those barriers."

Trias, who graduated from Maryknoll School in 2004, had won a scholarship to Hawai'i Pacific University and planned to become a nurse. Now she hopes to take business courses online — perhaps from HPU — to learn more about the entertainment business she's trying to succeed in.

Maybe some day, Trias said, she might even manage the singing career of her younger sister, Neolani, who will be 8 in September.

Trias showed up for an interview at the Ward Centre complex Starbucks wearing a V-neck T-shirt ablaze with the phrase "Live To Dream" in gold, glittery letters.

Over a green tea frappucino and veggie wrap, Trias said, "Live To Dream — that's my motto for today. I live to dream. I'm going to keep on going. The sky's the limit. ... I'm very passionate about it. I'm so motivated to do it for the Filipino-Asian community, for Hawai'i."


There have been a couple of missteps on Trias' path to stardom after "American Idol."

Music industry insiders wonder why it took her so long to produce a CD after millions of people saw her for weeks in a row on "Idol" — although Greenberg said her timetable is running ahead of other Idol runner-ups that he represents from the same season.

While fans and the music industry waited for Trias' debut CD, Trias struck a promotional deal with Pizza Hut/Taco Bell to produce a ballad entitled "Flying Home."

Trias acknowledges that the single "confused" her audience, partly because its soft melody ran counter to the hip-hop, R&B style she wanted on her debut CD.

In February, 45 Hawai'i Pizza Huts and 35 Taco Bell restaurants began selling the "Flying Home" single for $1.99. A spokeswoman for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell declined to explain exactly what happened next. But within two weeks, the restaurants began giving away the CD to customers who bought a combo meal at Taco Bell or a literacy card at Pizza Hut.

"It was supposed to be sold," spokeswoman Leah Allen said. "Subsequently, we ran a secondary campaign."

Asked why the restaurants went from charging $1.99 for the CD to giving it away as part of other purchases, Allen said, "because we still had an inventory of CDs."

Neither Allen nor Jacobe, Trias' Hawai'i agent, could say how many copies were sold and how many were given away. But Jacobe said all 200,000 CDs have since been distributed.

"It got a little bit messy because promotion wise, it was supposed to be promoted as a promotional demo CD for free," Trias said. "But something went down. It was supposed to be for promotional use, not for sale. I wanted the first CD for people to buy my album, not a promotional jingle for a food company. ... I don't regret anything at all. Things happen like this. You have to move on. It's part of your journey. It's part of your struggles. That's my story.

"I don't think it was a mistake," Trias added. "It definitely got me more visible in Hawai'i. It really got me exposure."


Trias' representatives continue to talk with the producers of a potential movie called "All Girl Band" in which Trias would play the drummer. A possible reality television show would follow her around for a month or possibly six weeks. She just auditioned for a volleyball movie and also a television sitcom based in Hawai'i about a group of surfers, tentatively titled "Boarding School."

"She's got a tremendous amount of charisma," Greenberg said. "But it's just tough for them to take a chance on someone with no acting experience. ... We see her as an actress, as a model, as a spokesperson. We look at her as a celebrity, not just as a recording artist."

In the meantime Steve Holmberg fights to find traction for "Jasmine Trias" the CD beyond Hawai'i. His Aloha Music International is responsible for distributing the CD in Hawai'i and on the Mainland.

"From what I see, she's working very hard," Holmberg said. "She'll go to Costco's, Wal-Mart and all the military exchanges. There are days she'll do four events in a day. Her CD has had the largest sales volume we've ever had in the history of our company for first month sales. I have no problem with the way she's promoting the CD."

But Trias, who dreams of stardom beyond Hawai'i, cannot appear in every Mainland market to promote her CD — especially without a concert tour backing it.

"Jasmine hasn't been able to get any significant radio air play as of yet on the Mainland," Holmberg said. "Jasmine doesn't have a tour going on the Mainland at this time. So when we call up a store in Cleveland with a CD from the third place 'American Idol' finalist from two years ago, we have to work hard to convince retailers to carry her product.

"But we have been successful in getting her CD in stores in all 50 states," Holmberg said. "What happens next is unknown."



Title: Vice president, Jasmine Trias, Inc.

BORN: NOV. 3, 1986





Former winner: "Brown Bags to Stardom," 2001; "Road to Fame," 2003

"American Idol" finish: Second runner up, behind Diana DeGarmo and winner Fantasia Barrino (2004)

Upcoming highlights for Jasmine Trias:

September: Trias flies to the Philippines to promote the Philippine version of her album, which will include nine songs from the U.S. release and five new songs, including two in Tagalog. Her Philippines appearances will include concerts in Cebu and Manila.

October: Trias performs concerts on O'ahu, Maui and in Hilo on the Big Island.

December: Eight songs from "Jasmine Trias" will be played on all local, national and international Hawaiian Airlines flights with an interview by Emme Tomimbang in between each song. Trias talks about the lyrics and the meaning behind the songs, among other topics.

Source: Hawaii Pacific Entertainment

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Monday, August 22, 2005

70's Salute to the Troops.....Hawaii Class of 72's Writeup

Can you believe that it's already been over a week since the 70s Salute to the troops happened? Well for those who were or weren't there here's something from the Hawaii 72 website. Check out the dance floor picture, there was choke people dancing to the "Electric Slide". We'll give our review of the event shortly.

Hawaii '72 Oldies Event Raises $10,000 for Hawaii's 29th Battalion
A capacity crowd of nearly 800 people helped make a hefty donation to the men and women serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Support Battalion deployed in Iraq.

A $10,000 check was presented to Brig. Gen. Vernon Miyagi at the "'70s Salute to Our Troops" event at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel on August 12. The money will be used for a homecoming celebration for the troops, who are more than halfway through a one-year assignment.

"We are thrilled to be able to show how much we appreciate their service," said Suzi Shimada, chairperson of the sponsoring Hawaii '72.

The evening of nostalgic oldies music was highlighted by the guest appearance of former Hawaii pop superstar Liz Damon, who now resides in Las Vegas. She performed hits made famous with her Orient Express group in the '70s.

Hawaii '72 is a non-profit organization made up of representatives from seven Oahu public high schools - Kaimuki, Kalani, Farrington, Roosevelt, McKinley, Castle and Waipahu. It originally formed for a joint 50th birthday celebration, and now assists in community events and charitable fundraising.

The Hawaii '72 Hunks and Hunkettes thanked the capacity crowd with a funky dance rendition of "Shake Your Groove Thing." Dance coordinator Debbie Kikuchi-Chang was front and center of the group, with Bev Uehara (left), Jay Fukuda (second from right) and Jan Heiser (right) at her side.

Hawaii '72's Jan Choy (left) and Suzi Shimada (center) handed a $10,000 donation check to Brig. Gen. Vernon Miyagi, which will be used for a homecoming celebration for the troops now serving in Iraq.

Dancers packed the floor in the Pacific Ballroom of the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel for the "Electric Slide." The benefit evening saw non-stop music and dancing from oldies bands King Pins, Flashback, Greenwood and Soulz.

Former Hawaii pop superstar Liz Damon returned from Las Vegas for a special guest appearance. Damon sang her hits made famous with the Orient Express, on this night backed by the oldies band Flashback, with Lori Nasu and Juli Kam on her right, and Dalton Tanonaka on her left.

Entertainer Les Hee thrilled the crowd with his rendition of Elvis Presley's "American Trilogy" in honor of the 29th Support Battalion. He was the lead guitarist of the Orient Express.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What Could Be Cooler on a Hot Summer Day in Paradise?

Hot summer, cool rides

By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kaimanu Pine glides on Da'FlowRider, a surfable wave that stays in one place.

DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser


Address: 400 Farrington Highway in Kapolei
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow; other hours vary (call or check the Web site)
Tickets: $34.99 adults, $24.99 ages 3-11, $14.99 ages 60 and older, free for children 2 and younger; group kamaçäina rates and annual passes also available
Amenities: Lockers can be rented for $4 ($2 refundable deposit); bodyboards and towels can be rented; lifejackets, tubes, floats and lounge chairs are free.

It’s been hot, hot, hot this summer.

And with temperatures this weekend expected to near 90 degrees — again! — you might want to take some advice from 7-year-old Pohaku Kaheaku-Paiva.

This summer, Pohaku and his father, Rocky, hit the slides at the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in Kapolei about three times a week.
“We go because it’s hot and it’s right by our house,” said the Makakilo Elementary second-grader, who said he’d go to the water park every day if he could. “It’s really fun.”

Rocky Paiva has been buying an annual pass to the water park since it opened in 1999. And they’ve definitely taken advantage of it.

Whenever they go to the water park, they’ll stay until closing.
“Even if we only have an hour, we’ll go to the water park,” said Paiva, 42, who commutes as a movie-studio driver in Hollywood. “That hour before closing is better than not going at all.”

Their favorite ride together? The Volcano Express, hands down.
“We like to race on that one,” said Paiva, who’s never lost to his son — yet. “The heavyweight always wins.”

The $14 million water park opened May 28, 1999. This summer it unveiled Da’FlowRider, the state’s first stationary-wave machine.
It didn’t take long for Da’FlowRider to become Pohaku’s new favorite ride.

“I try to stand,” said Pohaku, who wants to be a professional bodyboarder when he grows up. “But sometimes I slip off.”
Attendance this summer has already seen double-digit growth over last year, said park general manager Jerry Pupillo: “It’s been great.”
Soon there’ll be another addition Pohaku can look forward to. Next year the water park hopes to open a miniature golf course at its 25-acre theme park.

And over the next five years, there’ll be more slides, a family raft ride, a drive-in theater, batting cages, restaurants and a fitness center.
“We needed something like this because we had nothing but the beach over here,” said Paiva, who has been living in Makakilo for 37 years. “So this was good for us.”

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Saturday, February 4, 2006, Ilikai Hotel....Be There....

Just spoke to our bandleader Robin Kimura and it looks like Aura, formerly known as the Nomads is very, very interested in being a part of the second installment of the "70s Nightclub Reunion" next February, 2006. Aura in the glory days of the Point After in the Hawaiian Regent Hotel was perhaps the best of the best of Hawaii's night club bands. The band was comprised basically of the Mendoza family from my hometown Waipahu with the exception of trumpet player Adney and sax player Bill Popaka. The word is that the band will try to bring back most if not all of the original members for this event. That means sisters Chris and Bev would front the band, the horn section of Mike, Cliff and possibly Bill Popaka would be there with the rest of the Mendoza brothers manning the rhythm section. In their heyday this band was hot, hot, hot!!!! Tight rhythm section, tight horns and being siblings very tight vocal harmonies. This family was the Waipahu version of that famous family out of Utah, the Osmonds, except that this family was full of hot soul and funk.

The Mendozas were part of the Nomads in the '70s. Beverly (center, left) and Christine are surrounded by, clockwise from left, Bill Popaka, Clifton and Michael Mendoza. Adney Atabay, Albert Chaco, Brian Mendoza, Randy Amantiad, and Del and Dennis Mendoza.

With this news it looks like a gang buster lineup for February 4, 2006. Greenwood would open up, the New Experience who later became the Krush would follow, Van de Guzman and his band Phase VII would be next followed by Power Point, and closing out would be Aura.

Some things of note:

The New Experience are trying to get some of the other original members to be a part of the reunion, former members who were such an integral part of the band in the 70s such as Butchie Canencia, Mackie and Wade who currently live on the mainland.

Power Point's original guitarist/singer Brian Aoyagi, currently co-owner of Goodguys Music on Kapahulu Boulevard is slated to be a part of next year's reunion and the band is trying to get trumpet player Robert Woosley, saxman Wayne DeSilva.

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Phase VII will be comprised of Van de Guzman, currently playing as a one man band in Las Vegas, original keyboardist Hemingway Jasmine and original bass player Eric Kutsen along with Van's brother Mike.

Members of the Kasuals, Guams gift to Hawaii, may make a "casual" appearance with one of the aforementioned bands.

That's it for now, will keep things posted as things come up. So put this date on your calender, Saturday, February 4, 2006 cause it'll be here before you know it. You really don't want to miss this opportunity to re-experience the coolest bands of the 70s. Horn sections? Nearly every band will be filling the Ilikai with the sounds of trumpets and saxophone!! With this powerhouse lineup it's gonna be a real hot "Cool Tropical" night in paradise indeed!!!!

Show Biz by Wayne Harada

Here's a little ditty/exerpt from Show Biz by Wayne Harada.

Posted on: Thursday, August 18, 2005

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

Dazzler for Damon, lei for Carrere, wrap for Wisteria Lane

LIFE IN THE TROPICS: That " '70s Salute to Our Troops," featuring Liz Damon and a cluster of flashback bands, raised $10,000 for Hawai'i's 29th Battalion. More than 800 folks strolled down memory lane at the Renaissance Ilikai hotel, where Flashback pretended to be the Orient Express to back up Damon on her "1900 Yesterday" hit. Damon, who stayed in an oceanview Ilikai suite, was thrilled before the performance Friday with fireworks practically in her face — it was the usual ritual at the neighboring Hilton Hawaiian Village — and she thought it was part of her welcome. She ventured to old pal Lynn Nakamura's Krazy Karaoke for communal singing before returning to Las Vegas. girl around Sept. 22. Her pals staged a baby shower for her at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, and she asked Emme Tomimbang to send a haku lei to maintain a local touch. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Show Biz is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reach Wayne Harada at 525-8067, or fax 525-8055.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

70s Salute to the Troops....It was a Cool Tropical Night....

Photos courtesy of Irwin's Superman Adventures Archives

The Soulz in Action
More of the Soulz in Action
Waipahu Class of '73 Melanie Ching with Liz Damon

Monday, August 15, 2005

So, how did the 70s "Salute to the Troops" Go? "Hey, thanks for asking!!!"

On the Scene
John Berger

Monday, August 15, 2005

Welcome Home,
Liz Damon!

THE WAIT WAS WORTH IT!: Danny Hee surprised Liz Damon on Friday by bringing a vintage vinyl album to Dalton Tanonaka's "'70s Salute to Our Troops" show at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel. Damon was the star of the show, and Tanonaka's band subbed for the Orient Express when she sang "1900 Yesterday" and "Me Japanese Boy (I Love You)." Hee said he had waited "at least 32 years" to meet Damon and have her sign the album.

CAROLE AND HINKIE CHECK IT OUT: Carole Kai, left, looked fabulous in a gray and black gown as she checked out the crowd with her friend Hinkie. Kai and her husband, Eddie Onouye, also shared their table with Iva Kinimaka. Mayor Mufi Hannemann arrived later to greet Liz Damon. He appeared to be having a great time on the dance floor doing all the "letters" when Greenwood played "Y.M.C.A." Given the resurgence of interest in local stars of the '70s and '80s, it's time Kai was the star of a one-night show like this one.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY: Designated "doorman" Irwin Santos, center, greeted Robin Kimura, left, and Ilikai Hotel exec Candy Au. Kimura's band, Greenwood, played next to last but turned out to be the most polished performers and the closest in sound to the local Top 40 bands of the era.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!: John Quincy Adams, left, and Pam Milligan stopped by the Ilikai to celebrate his birthday. Keoki Van Orden, second from left, and Randall "Rufus" Rosenberg of the Kingpins wished him a good one. Adams said that he was supposed to graduate in 1972 but took a year off along the way and ended up graduating in 1973, so he goes to both classes' reunions.

IT'S TIME FOR NATURAL HIGH: Raynard Apana, left, talked with Roy Yonashiro. If Yonashiro's band, Natural High, did one of these shows, they'd be the headliners, but he says some of the surviving members still aren't sure about a reunion.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

John Berger has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972. Contact him at

Honolulu Star-Bulletin --

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Greenwood's Songlist for Friday's 70s Salute to the Troops featuring Liz Damon

It's pretty amazing how quickly time flies. I remember Japanese class at Waipahu High School. Mrs. Harada was calling us out one by one to present our homework assignment in front of the class. "Bill Arakawa", Mrs. Harada called. "Teacher, teacher, wait, wait!!!", Bill responded. Mrs. Harada, "I can wait but time won't". Touche' Mrs. Harada, Touche'. We can wait but truly time waits for noone.

Speaking of Japanese class, here's the latest from the Hawaii '72 website and guess what? Liz Damon will be re-releasing her original long playing (LP) album "Me Japanese Boy" but now available on CD at the event with some of the proceeds going to the fundraiser. Here's a little ditty from the Hawaii '72 website.

Liz Damon to
Re-Release CD at Event
The featured guest artist of the "'70s Salute to Our Troops" will launch the re-release of her hit album "Me Japanese Boy" during the August 12 event in the Ilikai's Pacific Ballroom.

"And I'll be giving a portion of the CD sales that night to the cause," said Liz, who played to packed audiences in the '70s as leader of the Orient Express.
This exclusive opportunity is part of the effort to help families of the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Support Battalion.

It's already Tuesday and it'll be just a few short days to Friday night's "70s Salute to the Troops". Our band Greenwood finished up practice this past Sunday and are ready to go. This Friday's lineup should look like this: Opening up at 8 pm will be the Kingpins. They should go 45 minutes. At 9 pm Flashback featuring Dalton Tanonaka will start playing. Flashback's time slot is about an hour and a half during which time Liz Damon will sing her songs. Somewhere in this hour and a half, Les Hee will do his Elvis imitation. Does Les know that June Jones and Jerry Glanville are leaving tickets at Aloha Stadium for all Warrior football games this season? At 11:15 Greenwood goes on for 45 minutes. Then finally at 12:15 the Soulz will close out the night. That's the plan in a nutshell for Friday. Hope to see you all there at the Ilikai. Hooo hooo!!!!! Here's Greenwood's songlist for this Friday. It's gonna be a real Cool Tropical night this Friday, August 12, 2005 in paradise!!!!!

Greenwood Songlist
Aug. 12, 2005
70’s Salute to Our Troops

Shake Your Groove Thing - Intro
Get Down Tonight
Play That Funky Music
Brick House
Pick Up the Pieces
Colour My World
Suavecito (Stand By)

My Old School

Now this is Really Cool.......and Tropical...

People often talk of how big the NFL Pro Bowl is for Hawaii in bringing in publicity for our tiny community that is so heavily dependent upon tourism. But let's talk about a real mover and shaker that is literally putting Hawaii in the limelight. Michelle Wie, golf prodigy, golf phenom, good for the ladies golf and good for Hawaii. What a summer vacation this has been for this local girl from Hawaii!!!! Now that is soooo cool!!!! Here's stuff from last night's David Letterman Show. Cool!!!!

Posted on: Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Wie wows 'em on late night talk show

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

She may be taking a break from competition, but golfing phenom Michelle Wie is still in the spotlight. Last night, she sat down with David Letterman on the “Late Show,” where they discussed everything from driving to playing golf for money.

JEFFREY R. STAAB | Associated Press

In her latest foray in the national spotlight, Hawai'i teen golf phenom Michelle Wie sparkled in her first appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last night on CBS affiliate KGMB-9.

With her hair styled in a wavy, natural look and wearing a satiny, emerald-green, spaghetti-strap top and a dark skirt, the 15-year-old Wie charmed the audience with several clever answers.

The Punahou School junior-to-be appeared comfortable when Letterman told her, "Boy, you just look beautiful!", to which she replied: "Thank you, you too."

In a wide-ranging interview that lasted about nine minutes, Wie covered several topics, including hitting golf balls out of baseball fields and smashing windows when she was 5 or 6, and her love of golf, "Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it. It's such a wonderful sport," she said.

In one exchange, Letterman joked about Wie's lofty goals of playing on the PGA Tour and in the Masters, saying, "It's all ridiculous that we're having this conversation because you're 15. You can't even drive to the course, can you?"

"Actually, I have my permit," Wie replied. "I actually do drive to the golf course, but not by myself."

Asked about the pressures of turning pro, Wie responded: "I just love playing for money as it is. We used to play like ... $5 rounds. The only difference is that I'm not going to be playing for $5 rounds anymore. It's going to be a lot bigger."

Wie told Letterman she lives a normal childhood and "when I go back to school, my friends don't really care about my golf. So they don't really care about who I am," to which Letterman countered tongue-and-cheek: "Losers."

Michelle Wie's next stop is today's Good Morning America, which airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on Ch. 4 (Cable 6).

Reach Brandon Masuoka at

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

In a photo released by CBS, 15-year-old golfing sensation and Punahou student Michelle Wie made her first visit to the "Late Show with David Letterman" yesterday.

Wie has ‘no idea’
when she will go pro
The teen golfer fields the question
on David Letterman's show

By Leila Fujimori

Golf phenom Michelle Wie was on top of her game as she went head to head with David Letterman on his show last night, poised, charming and more mature-looking than her 15 years, yet natural and relaxed.

Wie appeared on last night's "Late Show with David Letterman," which aired on KGMB-TV, without her visor and her typically straight hair styled in waves.

"You just look beautiful," Letterman said as the 6-foot teen made her late-night talk show debut in a satiny Kelly green spaghetti-strap blouse and black skirt.

Toward the end of the interview, Letterman told her, "It's exciting to watch you play the game for many, many reasons. And even sitting here talking to you, what you lose sight of immediately is that you're 15 years old."

Letterman tried to coax Wie into saying when she would turn professional, which has been speculated on happening when she turns 16 on Oct. 11.

"You're just a kid. You're 15 years old and like a world-class golfer, not a professional yet, but soon I would guess," he said.

"Yeah," she replied.

But later in the interview, when the question resurfaced, she said: "It's the big talk now, when am I going to turn pro, but I really have no idea. ... I'm just going to turn pro when I feel like I'm ready."

When asked if turning pro symbolically means added pressure, she said, "I love playing for money as it is. I love doing that," which got a lot of laughs and applause from the audience.

"We used to play always like $5 rounds," she said. "The only difference is, I'm not going to be playing for $5 rounds anymore. It's going to be a lot bigger."

When Letterman asked why golf is her game of choice, she replied:

"It's just like a relationship. I mean, when you ask someone why do you love them, you just don't know. I mean, I don't know why I love golf. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it. It's just a wonderful sport."

Wie explained her parents were golfers: Her mom taught her dad, and she loved driving the golf cart.

By the time she was 5 or 6, Wie remembers, "I was starting to hit a little farther."

"I was starting to hit my driver over the fence (of a baseball field), and it was hitting the windows," she said.

She now drives the ball 310 to 320 yards, and she is working on gaining 15 to 20 more yards so she can compete with the men.

"I hit it pretty far but they're hitting it farther," she said. "I'm going to go on what I call a crash workout."

She said she would like to keep her flexibility intact and build muscle. "I don't want to be really muscular, but I want to get a lot stronger," she said.

When Letterman asked what happened at the LPGA Women's Open performance, where she faltered in the final round, Wie was candid.

"It's just like a snowball," she said. "One mistake kept on going to another and another, and it just turned out pretty bad."

Letterman noted Wie's goal is to play in PGA events and in the Master's.

"It's all ridiculous that we're having this conversation, because you're 15," he said. "You can't even drive to the course, can you?" he teased her as the audience laughed and applauded.

"Actually, I have my permit," Wie said. "So I actually did drive to the golf course, but not by myself."

Letterman asked if she had met Tiger Woods.

Wie said she met him just once but was "really dumbstruck when I met him," she said. "I was zoned out."

"I was like," Wie said, displaying for Letterman her slack-jawed facial expression, her mouth agape.

Despite her popularity, the Punahou School student, who will be a junior this fall, said she has had a normal adolescence.

"My friends don't really care about golf, so they don't really care who I am," she said.

"Losers," Letterman quipped.

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