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Building show offers helpful remodel tips

Sometimes it seems contractors are from Mars and homeowners are from Venus; nevertheless, the twain shall meet weekly on "The Aloha Home Show," premiering Saturday on KHON.

Host Jim Byxbee, president of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii, plays expert to DIY novice and co-host Kirsten Fujitani of Kukui Marketing. Together they will teach viewers "builder-speak" and take them to remodeling/construction sites, showing what it takes to get it done right and introducing them to leaders in the local construction industry.

The program answers questions like "How’d They Do That?" in which the segment will start with a finished project and work backward.

Viewers will have a chance to win a dinner certificate by guessing what a featured tool does and e-mailing answers to

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Winning blog launches app for iPhone

San Francisco-based, a design and renovation blog launched in 2007, has released an iPhone and iPad app for design aficionados. Home remodelers, designers and architects can now source products, save posts and access home design content from mobile devices. won the annual "Homie" award in 2009 for Best Home Design Blog and has been recognized as a leading resource for home furnishing and design ideas by Dwell, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Sunset magazines.

Download your free Remodelista app, available at the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPad.



385 offer bone marrow for ‘Lion King’ star

NEW YORK » A bone marrow drive for an 11-year-old "Lion King" star with leukemia has turned out to be one of the hottest matinees on Broadway.

About 385 people registered as bone marrow donors yesterday in hopes of helping Shannon Tavarez beat leukemia.

Shannon played the role of Young Nala the lion cub for seven months before she was diagnosed with the life-threatening blood cancer in April.

Her best shot at recovering and returning to the theater is a bone marrow transplant, which requires a genetic match.

The bone marrow registry DKMS held a bone marrow drive yesterday at St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church in the theater district.

Shannon won the role of Young Nala in an open audition — her first ever.


Thunderstorm crashes AIDS, HIV fundraiser

VIENNA » Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and others ran for cover as the opening of a flashy Austrian AIDS gala was cut short by a fierce thunderstorm.

Appearances by Clinton, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and Patti LaBelle had to be skipped after authorities issued a weather warning and ordered the packed square in front of Vienna’s city hall to be cleared Saturday night.

The 18th annual party — a fundraiser for people with HIV and AIDS — each year attracts thousands of revelers in quirky costumes who dance until dawn.

The show was to have included messages by Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone and a fashion show featuring Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg.


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