By Wayne Harada
Here’s a grab bag of stuff you may want to log for future reference — particulars about people, places and things:
An en-Counter to remember: The Counter, the not-so-ordinary hamburgery that has been serving 1,000 fix-to-order burgers a day since its opening six weeks ago, will hold its grand opening Saturday at Kahala Mall. And with Daniel Dae Kim of "Lost" a co-owner with restaurateur D.K. Kodama, Ed Robles and Pablo Buckingham, it's no surprise that Kim's colleagues from the the ABC series are expected to walk the walk and be the talk at the invitational bash. Looking's free, so if you're a "Lostie," you might hang out — say, from a lanai table at Chili's? — to see who shows up. Red carpet arrivals start at 7 p.m., the "Lost" brigade is expected between 8 and 9 p.m. and the merriment (with DJ music) continues at least till midnight, so oglers will have time to check departures, if not arrivals. Who knows who else you might see?
Aloha Friday redux: Cox Radio’s Aloha Friday Luncheon Shows will resume at noontime April 3 at the new Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. Hawaiian 105 KINE’s Billy V and Bruddah Wade will host a stellar show that features Brother Noland, who shares selections from his new “Hawaiian Man” CD; Troy Fernandez, also offering cuts from his newbie, “Ride Time;’ Kaukahi, featuring Barrett Awai, Kawika Kahiap, Walt Keale and Dean Wilhelm, who are among the nighttime regulars at Kani Ka Pila; and Amy Hanaiali’i, still riding high with her Grammy-nominated “‘Aumakua” album. The $22.95 admission includes a Hawaiian buffet (laulau, chicken long rice, kalua pork, lomi salmon, fruit salad, tofu and watercress salad, pineapple slaw, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate haupia pie). Call 924-4992. If this flies — and why shouldn’t it? — expect more Aloha Friday affairs in the future. And yes, the entertainment will be broadcast live on AM 940. ...
Hawaiiana mecca: The aforementioned Kani Ka Pille Grille at the Outrigger Reef is quickly find its niche as a Waikiki hot spot. No wonder; these acts, playing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily, provide a bounty of listening joy:
• Thursday: Kawika Kahiapo and Martin Pahinui — two soloists from two ‘ohana; Kahiapo, from Kaukahi; Pahinui, from the iconic Waimanalo Pahinui clan.
• Friday: Kaukahi — An award-winning foursome mixing traditional and contemporary Hawaiian sounds encompassing four-part male harmonies, acoustic guitar, ‘ukulele, Hawaiian slack key.
• Saturday: Manoa DNA — Dad and sons, in this multi-generational musical family, has quickly developed a global audience
• Sunday: Brother Noland, a prolific Island veteran, plays through April 15; his label, the Mountain Apple Company, will provide acts for this slot.
• Monday: Kimo and Kamuela Kahoano, that’s father and son, respectively, present a “Pau Hana Monday” talent search with up-and-coming new artists.
• Tuesday: Weldon Kekauoha, award-winning Hawaiian musician, shares his contemporary Island tunes.
• Wednesday: Cyril Pahinui, one of Hawaii’s most legendary slack key with Grammy pedigree, from the Pahinui family.
Meal service is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 924-4992.
The envelope, please: This year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the 32nd annual competition organized by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts, will be held June 9 at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel’s Hawaii Ballrooms. The preliminary ballot is about to be mailed to HARA members, to pare down for the final roster. The awards evening will be televised live on K5 The Home Team. And yes, the awards fest is a tad later than usual this year. Information: 593–9424, www.nahokuhanohano.org ...
Scholarship applications: In conjunction with the Hoku Awards, the Bill Murata Memorial Scholarship for 2009 is seeking applications, who are college sophomores or beyond with a keen interest and focus on Hawaiian music and/or poetry. Application forms, available at the Hoku website, are due May 15. Information: Bryson Ramos at the HARA office (593-9424) or Lea Uehara (941-8751). Murata is the award-winning late recording producer and advocate of Hawaiian acts and Island music.
All that jazz: Michael Paulo hosts the last weekend of Smooth Jazz Nights at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Hawaiian Center Theater (aka the Waikiki Nei Theatre). Performers include Bobby Caldwell, known for “What You Won’t Do for Love;” Greg Adams, a founding member of Tower of Power and the iconic horn section; Pauline Wilson, lead singer of Seawind; and host Paulo, onetime Kalapana member who also has performed with Al Jarreau. Tickets: $45, $55. www.Tickets.com.
Gypsy jazz returns: With “April in Paris” as a theme, the Hot Club of Hulaville struts back to the Manoa Valley Theatre for yet another MVT Studio Series show, at 7 p.m. April 6 and 7. Hulaville willhost guests Rocky Holmes on clarinet and DeShannon Higo on trumpet; Le Crepe Café will prepare savory crepes and other sweets from 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Call 988-6131; www.manoavalleytheatre.com.
Economic stimulus package: With an economic slowdown, the folks at Dixie Grill in ‘Aiea — that’s Ed Wary, owner of Dixie Grill and g.m. Patrick Dolan — have ramped up efforts to update its menu with day-by-day promotions to get folks eating.
• Military Mondays offers a 10 per cent discount on food with military folks with I, from 4 p.m,. till closing.
• Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays, with a qualifying adult. Besides a keiki menu, children get crayons and puzzles and a sandbox to frolic in.
• 39 Cents Wings on Wednesdays, with the Grill’s Southern-style recipe.
• Country Music Night on Thursdays, complete with bar specials.
• Louisiana Crab & Shrimp Boil on Fridays, from 5 p.m.
• Oyster Day on Saturdays, with shucking and slurping till the oysters are gone.
• All-You-Can-Eat-Crab on Sundays, if you dine and order between 6 and 7 p.m. “Once your first order arrives, you have an hour to eat all you can eat,” says Dolan.
Dixie Grill is located at 99-016 Kamehameha Hwy. Call 485- 2722.