By Wayne Harada
SHOW BIZ EXTRA: ’Tis the season. You know it’s the prime celebration and going-out time, when the famous get a bit visible in the community.
HOW SWEET IT WAS:
Like, Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, took in the closing matinee performance of Ballet Hawaii’s “Nutcracker,” along with some family friends, this past Sunday at Blaisdell Concert Hall. It was a savvy outing, during Sunday’s wicked weather, to get into the Christmas spirit with the traditional holiday ballet.
The VIP presence meant some patience for locals closely seated to the First Family (plus a cluster of Secret Service personnel). There was some pat-downs and security double-checking, the usual routine whenever the Obamas attend a show. President Barack Obama, of course, is not yet here (due Wednesday). Arcadia resident and veteran entrepreneur Jack Cione was among those in the row in front of the first lady and first daughters and was tickled by the buzz they created at “Nutcracker.” How sweet!
The Waikiki EDITION was the scene when pro surfer Fred Patacchia celebrated his bachelor party this past Friday night, with his surfer pro pals Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson (2010 Triple Crown Winner), Sean Moody, Noah Johnson, Benji Weatherley, Kekoa Bacalso, Jason Shibata, Jesse Merle Jones, Mickey Bruneua, and Marcus Hickman in attendance. Patacchia and his party had dinner at the Sunrise Pool and then headed down to Crazybox.
Oh, and Slater, the world champ, was kind enough to put his John Hancock on his surfboard in the lobby of The Waikiki EDITION. An addition worth noticing, on your next stop.
OUT OF THE CRAZYBOX:
Pop sensation Bruno Mars, the local boy, checked out Crazybox prior to his Sunday concert at Blaisdell Arena. Not much action; he and his party stayed for an hour in the wee hours, ordered two bottles of Patron; but a friend picked up the tab.
He seemed to be reclusive and shy, considering he’s a Grammy nominee (seven-fold).