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Frigid winter weather leads celebs to Valley Isle visits

By Wayne Harada


Maui was abuzz with celebs earlier this month, with singer Pink (showing her baby bump) and Carey Hart enjoying a pre-birth getaway. Taking in the sun and surf: canoers Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz, paddleboarder Tobey Maguire, paddleboarder duo Leonardo DiCaprio with main squeeze Bar Rafaeli, and sunbather Naomi Campbell.

We can thank the mainland frost for luring show bizzers our way. ...

And actor Owen Wilson and girlfriend Jade Duell chose Maui for the birth of their son. On Kauai, actress Hayden Panetierre and boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko found their place in the sun. ...

TRADE WINDS: To those who've asked about the whereabouts of columnist-playwright Lee Cataluna, here's the scoop: Yes, she's downsized her column frequency for the Star-Advertiser, writing just once a week now -- Sundays only -- instead of her customary three a week, but not without lifestyle changes. The merged paper and the job market forced her media husband, Jim Kelly, to relocate to Palm Springs, Calif., hurling her into single-mom status caring for son Kainoa here. Still, she launched her "The Great Kauai Train Robbery" play at Kumu Kahua last year, completed a Bamboo Ridge novel and wrapped up a semester's work, largely online, at the University of California, Riverside.

"I never wanted to move away from Hawaii but given the circumstances, it's the best decision for right now," she said in an e-mail about joining Kelly to re-establish family status. "I hope I can come home soon."

She'll focus on getting her postgrad degree with plans to teach, and since the family has retained its Hawaii home, she'll be back eventually. The good news: "a four-bedroom with a pool and Jacuzzi cost less than a walk-up apartment in Aiea," Cataluna said of California's real estate scene. And she's discovered expats there, too, including veteran entertainer Simeon Den. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Tony Ruivivar, co-founder of the classic Society of Seven group, has been making strides in his bout with liver cancer and is prepping for his first appearance since undergoing surgery. He will join Bert Sagum and his SOS buds March 25 to 30 at the Muckleshoot Casino Resort at Auburn Hills, Wash. Gerald Ishibashi, who filled in for Ruivivar in a couple of gigs last year, will be on hand for emceeing and backup guitar and vocal chores, and guest stars will be Jasmine Trias and Martin Nievera. ...

Actress Julia Nickson, former Honolulan best known for her "Rambo" role, had knives thrown at her when she subbed for pal Mary Ann Changg (aka Sparkles A. Clown) in a magician's act at the JTB party New Year's Eve at the Sheraton Waikiki, produced by Kika Matsumoto of Kika Inc. A box was placed over Nickson's head during the act, and although no knives hit her, she said it was a frightful experience! ...

AROUND 'N' ABOUT: Maui's indie-rock sensation, the Throwdowns, are in the midst of throwing down their first full-length (12-song) CD, due for an April release. With group leader Erin Smith's statewide success with the band's one EP out to date, imagine what an imprint a full-on CD will make. ...

Thanks to his actress-model daughter Sherry Shaoling, Woody Chock had his first "Hollywood moment" recently at the L.A. premiere of "Violent Blue," an indie film in which she appears. Chock got a role in the movie by happenstance when he visited Shaoling on the set in 2009. "I got to walk the fabled 'red carpet,'" said Chock, a sometimes stage and opera actor. "Violent Blue" is an offbeat, Fellini-style film noir loaded with bizarre L.A. characters. The film was co-written by former localite Tony L. Young and L.A. director Greg Hatanaka, with islander Garret Sato in the cast, led by Silvia Suvadova and Nick Mancuso.

And that's "Show Biz." ...

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or Read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at

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