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Fundraiser for Japan at Trump features Hu, Dacascos as hosts

By Ben Wood

LAST UPDATED: 1:46 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2011

KELLY HU and Mark Dacascos will co-host a benefit for Japan’s children displaced by the hurricane and tsunami from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk. The cost is $300 per person and $500 a couple. The benefit will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction and pool deck concert by jazz fusion band Hiroshima. Numerous auction items are headlined by “The Celebrity Apprentice” package. It includes two tickets to the May 22 season finale of the NBC show, round-trip airfare for two to New York City, a four-night stay at Trump SoHo New York and VIP access to the show’s afterparty. Call 683-7410 ...

THE WEEKLY Hawaiian music series Pakele Live! with Tony Solis at the Willows presented a series of concerts, raising $18,000 for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. The shows were held Thursdays, March 17 to April 14. Performers included Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Kenneth Makuakane, Herb Ohta Jr., Kupaoa, Kainani Kahaunaele, Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Nathan Aweau and Eric Lee. Pali and Sachi Kaaihue, hosts of OC16’s Doko Ga TV, organized the fundraisers ...

LORETTA ABLES SAYRE will reprise her Broadway Lincoln Center Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary in “South Pacific” when the musical’s European tour opens at London’s Barbican Theatre Aug. 15 ...

“Win Win,” playing only at the Kahala Theater, is a winner. It would be difficult to leave this movie without feeling good. Paul Giamatti is the star. A bright light is a high school wrestler played by Alex Shaffer. It’s a family show, despite some profanity by coaches. Two women in key “Win Win” roles are in TV shows: Amy Ryan, who plays the love interest of Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character on “The Office”; and Melanie Lynskey, Charlie Harper’s stalker in the one-and-only Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men,” now in reruns ...

JIM NABORS, Jimmy Borges, Monica Mancini, Afatia, Augie T and the Matt Catingub Band performed at Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Mayoral Celebration at the Hilton on April 19. Al Waterson emceed. Tickets ranged from $150 to $1,000 and the 1,100 attendees laid out a total of $300,000 ... Waterson and wife, Nancy Bernal, marked Easter by having brunch at the Halekulani’s Orchids. Others at the brunch included former Mayor Mufi Hannemann, KHON weekend anchor Marisa Yamane and restaurateur-chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The Halekulani’s Easter Bunny caught up with beautiful actress-singer Tia Carrere for a photo, a smart move. Hotel guest services manager Masao Shimizu volunteered to be the bunny, hopping around in a hot bunny suit for eight hours. Good thing Masao is a marathoner ...

Roland Cazimero spoke, not his brother Robert, at the PBS filming of Emma Veary at the Halekulani April 15, as I wrote in last week’s column. Robert was in the House Without a Key audience. “Na Mele: Emma Veary at Halekulani” will premiere June 5 at 7 p.m. on PBS Hawaii ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things. E-mail him at

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