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Makana picks up the slack twice at Morimoto’s lounge

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February 10th, 2011



Makana, the singer-guitarist who was on the Waikiki circuit last year, will present a tranquil open-air show (weather permitting) at 9:30 p.m. today (Feb. 10) at the chic Morimoto Waikiki at the Waikiki Edition Hotel on Hobron Lane.
The slack-key phenom, who earlier completed gigs at the Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Room and the International Market Place, will entertain at Morimoto’s open-air lanai with harbor-front views and expansive sofas, where cocktail tables are nestled around open fire pits.
Sounds romantic?
That’s the point. Tonight’s show is kind of a preview for a Valentine’s hana hou, when Makana plays for diners and sippers from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Monday (Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day).
Bar and lounge seating does not require reservations, but if you plan to explore the Iron Chef’s kitchen wizardry, better reserve space at 943-5900 or at www.opentable.com/morimoto-waikiki.

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Eat. Play. Live. A grindz guide beyond coco puffs

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February 9th, 2011



At the beginning of Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0,” Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) not only introduced Danno (Scott Caan) to the wonders of coco puffs. The expansive fan base of the filmed-in-Hawaii CBS reboot got the word about Liliha Bakery’s golden delight, the mini cream puff stuffed with an ono chocolate cream and topped with a small hill of Chantilly frosting. They even showed off the recently-launched chocolate-colored box-with-a-handle, which is toted out of the little shop of pleasures daily at $13.70 a dozen.
It’s great the show informs its viewing public about the real-life grindz of our lovely state; this might not please the local populace, regularly flocking to that the crowded gallery of eager buyers on Kuakini Street. It'll be a lot more jammed with folks who are discovering this delish delight for the first time.
Memo to bakery owner Peter Kim: move your number-picking dispenser up front somewhere inside your double-swing doors; where it is located —at the middle of the back showcased of baked goodies — creates unnecessary elbowing to retrieve a ticket.
You newbies: Gotta get the ticket with a number, and then wait for yours to be called, before you can order up the coco puffs. And have patience: if you land No. 46, you’ll likely have to wait for about 30 more other numbers to be sequentially called, before yours comes up (but there will be a handful of missing folks, perhaps 7 or 8, who are in a rush and don’t have the perseverance to simply wait).
The coco puffs mention reminds me of the time “Sex and the City” featured the cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, at Bleeker and W. 11th St., in New York. Result: Long lines just to get into the bakery; limos parked on the street, awaiting orders; no number system inside, so you wait and wait, and then chomp the treat while strolling the sidewalks.
TV does put an imprint on hungry viewers.
I imagine when Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) mentioned chowing down at Side Street Inn after their crimeflighting, business went up a skosh. Did they have the fried pork chops? Fried chicken? Fried rice?
The CBS reboot earlier introduced Leonard’s malassadas and Waiola shave ice to the viewership. Oh, but there’s a lot more bread to break:
• The sweet potato crumble (the tempura- or manju-like deep fried Okinawan sweet potato treat), from Mitsuba, the okazuya on N. School Street in Kalihi.
• Apple Napples from Zippy's Napoleon Bakery. It’s an oldie, but still a goodie; the coconut Napple is pretty good, too, but pass on the chocolate one.
• The velvet cupcake, at Cupcake Couture, in Aina Haina. Buzz is building, too, for a newcomer, Let Them Eat Cupcakes, in the midst of a store launch now.
• The chimney cakes at Zsoli’s Chimney Cakes, formerly a kiosk at the Ala Moana Center food court; the owners are searching for another location, so be on the lookout. It’s a pastry log, with Hungarian roots, coated with sugar — or cinnamon, pecan, or sprinkles — that is both mysterious and marvelous.
• The pipikaula short ribs, at Helena’s Hawaiian Food, on School Street; you’ll see ’em hanging in the kitchen, smell it while you’re ordering.
• The spicy edamame appetizer, at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room, at Macy’s Ala Moana. Finger-licking good; if not eating in, do takeout, since it reheats beautifully in the microwave
E’Nuff for now. Drooling, just thinking of these snackables.

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‘Five-0’ notes: Jake strums, O’Loughlin touts paradise

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February 6th, 2011



Some “Hawaii Five-0” tidbits:
Local boy Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele strumming will be featured on this Monday’s (Feb. 7) episode, entitled “E Malama E (To Protect).”
Shimabukuro’s “Boy Meets Girl” track, off his hit “Peace Love Ukulele” CD, will be among the musical tracks shared.
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Alex O’Loughlin, who is an Aussie by birth playing Steve McGarrett in the CBS reboot, finally is seen in his native Australia, where the series finally made its Down Under debut last month.
In a live-from-the-set interview with Network Ten Australia, O’Loughlin commented on filming in the Islands: “It’s paradise; the greatest thing ever. I was in L.A. six years ... I miss Australia. Miss it less now that I’m here. (There’s) something Australian about this island (Oahu).”
His Aussie accent is not hidden in the conversation — it's strong and actually charming — so yes, he’s concealing this element of his ethnicity to suit the character in the TV series.
Part of what you call acting.
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That engaged couple, singer Nick Lachey and former TV reporter Vanessa Minnillo, will be featured in the Feb. 14 “Five-0,” entitled “Powa Maka Moana (Pride.)” The story turns into a kidnap-ransom-rescue nightmare for a group of well-to-do folks on spring break. Of course, McGarrett & Company are first on the scene to kokua.
Minnillo is cast as Susan, a deckhand on the pirated catamaran, and Lachey is her fiancé.
Be there. Aloha.

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‘H50’s’ Alex O’Loughlin: Thunder from Down Under

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February 2nd, 2011



Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin, who portrays Steve McGarrett in CBS’s reboot of the cop drama that put Hawaii on the TV map a generation ago, is getting a publicity blitz in Australia’s Jetstar Airways in-flight magazine.
At least a million Down Under passengers — in- or out-bound — will read about O’Loughlin and the joys of life and living in paradise this month in the airline’s magazine cover story.
The five-page feature shows a lot of O’Loughlin— a shirtless, tattooed, water-oriented hunk of an actor — who is enjoying the fame and recognition that accompany his first-ever TV series hit.
And while his days are long and work-oriented, he’s enjoying his time in our paradise.
Some quotes:
About “Five-0:” “It’s a really big, ambitious television show and I’m in a lot of it. There’s a lot of action, and the three Cs: comedy, character and crime. For people who like crime-fighting and cop shows, it’s got that. The characters are really well-rounded, and there’s a lot of really funny stuff.
About his privacy: “I’m very protective of my family, and I don’t ever want this stuff affecting them. Usually I’m okay with it, but sometimes I want to just go home and shut the door. I’m a very private person, and this loss of anonymity is the hardest thing to deal with.”
About living on Oahu: “When I wake up, I make a cup of coffee and I look out the window – I view the surf report from there. I can see about five different breaks from my house, and each night I can see the sunset from my house. It’s an amazing place to live. It has just totally become my home since.”
About surfing: “I learned how to surf when I got here. It’s the most amazing scene here, almost life-changing. I’m trying to transition into a short boarder at the moment. Some people are telling me it’s a little early for that. So of course, yesterday, I fell.”

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