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‘American Idol’ taping at Ko Olina showcases all Hawaii has to offer

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    “American Idol” Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan sit before the crowd at Disney’s Aulani resort in Ko Olina. The three-hour episode filmed in Hawaii airs 7 p.m. today on ABC.

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    Lanikuhonua kahu Auntie Nettie blessed the set, crew and contestants before the “American Idol” taping at Aulani in January.

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    “American Idol” contestant Walker Burroughs performed during a taping of the show at the Aulani resort in Ko Olina in January. The Alabama native has a twin sister and an aunt and uncle who live in Hawaii. “When I found out the next round was in Hawaii,” Burroughs said, “that was literally the first moment that I felt that I was in the right place.”

It’s late January and it’s “American Idol” Showcase Week on the beach fronting Disney’s Aulani resort in Ko Olina, but the week is a showcase in more than the showbiz sense of the word. Read more

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