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"The Weekly Dish" April 13

April 13, 2012 - Trisha Smith
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Aloha Friday everyone! Whether you're on Maui, or live beyond and tune in via this blog each week, "The Weekly Dish" would like to thank you. I love this lil radio show that could, and your support means a lot. So, there, you rock!

It's Friday the 13th, and we're not scared! Mr. Groovy Shawn Michael and I rose with the sun this fine morning on Maui, ready to deliver your weekly update of the island's community and entertainment news. We jumped off the show with some quick notes and random commentary, then visited with our favorite bon-vi-vant, Paul Janes-Brown, for the scoop on this weekend's arts and theatre scene, including the jivin' jazz festival in Lahaina.

We served up the latest from the Maui Weekly community newspaper, including some features of this week's special wedding issue. Folks love getting Maui'd! So, why not shop local and make it happen with quality small businesses that know and love the island? Check out this week's article on a creative wedding industry nonprofit via the link here below. Also, check out this week's event piece on the upcoming Paddle Imua Fundraiser and 'Ohana Festival, set for Saturday, May 5. Proceeds benefit Imua Family Services' Camp Imua, an annual program for special needs individuals and volunteers that takes place each June at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains. Way cool! (Visit the article link below.) Also, there's an inspiring feature in the paper this week, complied by editor extraordinaire, Debra Lordan, about local author Sherry Remez's new book,"Healing With Chi." Do yourself a favor and read it. "Visual. Imagine. Feel."

The Weekly Dish welcomed back one of its favorite community heroines, Kihei Youth Center's Executive Director Lehua Huddleston-Hafoka. She discussed Maui County's new keiki campaign called "Be A Jerk." The program strives to convince elders, those over the age of 21, to not buy alcohol for underage kids, and help be a part of the solution when it comes to underage drinking. Listen in here for more info!

The "Maui Music Notes" featured an array of music and entertainment events coming up @ the MACC, including Morrissey, The Shins and the Republik Music Fest (featuring G-Love!), plus the variety pack of shows that Three's Surf Lounge has lined up this month. So much to do, so little time! I had a chance to chat with Kasi (KC) Nunes of the Kings of Spade (KOS), a funky blues rock outfit visiting from O'ahu, and we played the gripping title track off their album "Crave" for your listening pleasure. She and I covered everything from her super crush on the Freeradicals Projekt of Maui to the band's recent romp at SXSW in Austin, and much more in between. I've known this rockin' gal since rubbing elbows during last year's ZEPTEMBER extravaganza, and I've seen KOS live about four times now, and they impress me more and more each experience. During Hallowbaloo Arts & Music Fest last October on O'ahu, I ended my day of Halloween revelry at The Venue for a kickass KOS show. they really know how to reach an audience and Kasi is such a phenomenal force onstage.

The band-which includes Kasi (vox), Jesse Savio (guitar), Matt Kato (drums), Tim Corker (bass) and Natalie Phoenix (dancer)-will no doubt ignite Stella's cool backroom venue and throw a dynamite party. And what's that? The funky fresh soul soldiers of the Freeradicals Projekt are opening?! Oh sookie sookie! I'm jonesing for some more KOS and TONIGHT at Stella Blues is going to be fantastic I have a feeling. Two of my favorite Hawai'i bands, down the street from my crib, and I'll be celebrating the birthdays of some of my dearest friends, including graphics ninja Scott Johnson, "Diving Dish" and string slayer Pete Sebastian, and sweet & sassy Whitney Stebbins. Score! Join the fun tonight!

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Shawn and I also highlighted the goods from "The Barmuda Triangle" such as hotspots like Ambrosia Martini Lounge, where the party never stops and the dance floor bumps all night long. Visit this cozy and cool venue. There's a big screen for movies to enjoy during happy hour, plenty of fun games to feed your competitive edge and a grip of yummy martinis to keep you satisfied. You won't be disappointed!

And don't forget about our Wailuku business buddies, Wailuku Coffee Company (WCC) and Body Alive Yoga and Movement Studio. (Check out the link and photo below to discover more about what's up @ Body Alive. And congrats again to Rachel G and her wellness 'ohana as they celebrated their one-year anniversary last week. Killer party!)

WCC is looking forward to launching its rad new Website-crafted by Scott Johnson's Dogtowne Design company-and getting its new oven up and running to create even more delicious treats for the community. The hip place to sip, and grub on local products! Nom nom nom. Also, look out for creatively designed tees and merchandise from WCC, crafted by local artists and distributed by island vendors. Very cool!

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You can download or listen via your Smartphone to this morning's edition via the first link on the lower right, and make sure you double click on the images to view the entire image and caption. Word.

Thanks once again to our special guests for rising at the crack of dawn to join our talk variety madness, and much love to our loyal and wonderful supporters, such as The Maui Weekly, Stella Blues Cafe, Body Alive Yoga & Movement Studio, Ambrosia Martini Lounge, Wailuku Coffee Company and Three's Surf Lounge.

And thanks to YOU for listening each week on KAOI 1110Am&96.7Fm to "The Weekly Dish," a delight recipe for Maui's community and entertainment news. Keep it real. Aloha!

Cheers, Trish :o)


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Kasi (KC) Nunes of the Kings of Spade was a special guest during our ZEPTEMBER 2011 rock concert, slaying a rad rendition of Led's "Ramble On." Kasi and her fierce band mates of O'ahu's Kings of Spade throw down tonight @ Stella Blues with the fresh folks of Maui's Freeradicals Projekt. Not sure if our girl Kasi is still sporting the wicked mohawk, but this picture was too rad to resist. Photo by Jessica Pearl Photography


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