Kimo’s Vegas

Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator (from left) Taylor Makakoa, Halehaku Seabury- Akaka, Keoni Souza, Ikaika Balackburn (Na Hoa) and Nani Koli at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Photo from kimo Akane

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … The Player’s Edge!

THEY CALLED IT a working vacation … In Honolulu, Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator, his wife/model and onstage assistant Taylor and her mom, Nani. While they were here, Taylor did a photo shoot with Kim Taylor Reece and they all hung out at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards, where Na Hoa cleaned house winning “Album of the Year,” “Group of the Year,” “Most Promising Artist” and “Hawaiian Music Album of the Year.” During an interview with Billy V on Hawaiian105 KINE, the singer, comedian and ventriloquist revealed he’s revamping the Vegas show (maybe Taylor doing hula), working on a new puppet (with Hawaii ties), coming out with a new DVD and plans to do a tour, including a show in Hawaii … No wonder he sleeps in the car.

LOOKING TO pass your passion for footwear on to your mo’opuna? Town Square, the open-air mall next to my favorite store (Fry’s), has a new shop just for sole addicts on a mission. pediped “Next Best Thing to Bare Feet” has 140 different styles of boys and girls shoes in three different groups: Originals (for infants and children learning to walk), Grip ‘n’ Go (for toddlers transitioning from walking to striding) and Flex (the ultimate shoe for confident walkers who have developed a natural stride). No Vegas trip soon? Check it out online at

KCCN FM100’s Prime Time Pipi and bride Kaui were in town for her sister Tiare’s wedding to Randy Dichoso at the Wynn. Then they all headed to the Mandalay Bay for opening night of Michael Jackson’s ONE by Cirque du Soleil. He rants about the show that highlights the King of Pop’s biggest songs, and says he can’t wait to be invited to the Encore.

“SHUFFLE UP and deal” … The 44th annual World Series of Poker has begun.

OVER AT THE Golden Nugget, casino host John Giannos was visiting friends here in Hawaii and said they still have room for locals in their Hawaiian Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament. Garans ball-barans someone from hea gonna win ’cause you gotta be from Hawaii to play. There’s $60K in prize money … $10,000 to the first five places and two large for sixth through 10th place. The action starts June 27 with registration and cocktails. To register, call 702-386-8164; casino-rated players, call your host, John Giannos, Cathy Bonell or John Colville.

ON A FLIGHT from San Diego to Las Vegas, Spirit Airlines deplaned six people before departure for speaking too loud … in Russian. And then there’s the NASA Aviation Safety report that says an iPhone left on during a regional flight caused enough interference to make the flight compass go pupule, taking the plane several miles off course.

CONGRATS TO Eli Cruz, who “Spun & Won” his way to $11K, and Denise Medeiros, whose “Triple Stars” paid $13,500 from the Boyd Casinos Downtown.