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Mars makes his media mark with People and the Time 100

By Wayne Harada


Local boy Bruno Mars is all over the map these days. To wit:

» He's one of two islanders pictured in this week's People magazine, performing at the Time 100 event (the magazine's recent salute to influential folks, among whom he was included) at the Time Warner Center in New York. The other local in a flashback pic: "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba, shown with her unidentified date at her 1985 high school prom. ...

» He's part of a top-shelf talent combo, joining Beyonce, Bangladesh and Lex Luger, who will perform as guests on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" collaborative CD. Beyonce and Mars will be spotlighted on the highly anticipated first single, "Lift Off." ...

» He's recorded the sweet falsetto ballad portion of hip-hopper Diggy Simmons' summer single, "Click Clack Away," echoing the formula of his breakout hit with B.o.B., "Nothin' on You," and a likely hit. ...

» He'll also guest on the upcoming EP by Bad Meets Evil, the duo consisting of Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Royce's Slaughterhouse group also will be on deck. ...

Question: Is this overkill and overexposure for Mars? Time will tell. ...

NAMES 'N' PLACES: Takamiyama, the first foreign-born sumotori (aka Jesse Kuhaulua from Happy Valley, Maui), dropped in on Manoa DNA, the island group featuring dad Lloyd Kawakami and sons Nick and Alex, when the trio performed in Odaiba, outside of Tokyo, in a post earthquake-tsunami relief tour. Dad gave Takamiyama a custom-made Iolani aloha shirt (he's the honcho of the sportswear label) and said, "He's such a great guy and well respected there." Lloyd and Nick visited evacuation centers in Sendai and Miyagi prefectures, passing out bottled water, Spam musubi and island cookies and candies. "I was so moved and inspired by the dignity and strength of the people," said Lloyd, listening to the tales of hardship and sharing the tears. ...

It's not too late to download and purchase "Together Again: A Song for Japan," the collaborative composition of Amy Hanaiali'i and Henry Kapono, to support the Japan relief effort. Raiatea Helm, Manoa DNA, Robi Kahakalau, Hilo Ka'aihue, Mailani, Danny Kennedy, Steve Jones, Chino Montero and Sean Na'auao recorded the tune at Paliku Theatre, with a spoken dedication by slam poet Kealoha. Cost is 99 cents or $1.99 for the video. Go to www.mountainapplecompany.com/togetherhawaii. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Pete Licata, coffee quality manager and barista trainer at Honolulu Coffee Co., has been named No. 1 barista at the United States Barista Competition in Houston. He'll move on to the World Barista Championship in Bogota, Colombia, June 2-5, competing with other skilled baristas in espresso drink preparation and service. Since Hawaii is the only coffee-growing state, his "Fruit to Cup" presentation -- covering the harvesting, processing and roasting of beans from Rusty's Hawaiian (Kau) and Wai'ono Meadows (North Kona) -- gave him an advantage. ...

The June/July issue of Men's Health names 25 fittest fellas and includes two with island ties: Alex O'Loughlin, known for his six-pack and tattoos, who plays Steve McGarrett on "Hawaii Five-0," and Jason Momoa, ex-Honolulu model and actor, who will star in the remake of "Conan," as in Barbarian. ...

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

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or wayneharada@gmail.com; read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at www.staradvertiser.com.

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