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Renaissance Woman: Model-Athlete Gabrielle Reece

Renaissance Woman: Model-Athlete Gabrielle Reece

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine On a long, steep, narrow, muddy road with sweeping views of the Hanalei River and Na Pali mountains, Gabrielle Reece negotiates a massive Ford truck – equipped with four-wheel drive and a toddler’s car seat – toward an excavator clearing trees where her new home will stand. She gestures to the operator cabin of the clawing machine perched on the switchback below and says, “Laird’s in there.” Indeed, her husband – legendary waterman Laird Hamilton – is driving the excavator. When he hears her call “Babe!” he hops out to greet her. Like any married…
Actor Shia LeBeouf: Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Yale

Actor Shia LeBeouf: Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Yale

At 21, Shia LaBeouf may be the biggest movie star whose name leaves you tongue-tied. For the record: It's SHY-a La-BUFF—and he's currently at your multiplex, starring as a plucky surfing penguin in the animated movie Surf's Up and saving the world from nasty robots in Transformers. Not bad for a self-described child of hippie parents who took up acting to earn some cash. Next the Emmy winner for Disney Channel's Even Stevens takes a plum (and top secret) role in the new Indiana Jones film. What's it like to catapult onto the A-list? PEOPLE's Katherine Nichols found out.
Interview with “Lost” star Michael Emerson

Interview with “Lost” star Michael Emerson

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Like the character he plays on “Lost,” Michael Emerson is intelligent, witty and charming. But unlike Benjamin Linus, there’s no disturbing subtext to any of these attributes. On a recent Saturday, the guest star who has become a regular force on the show was gracious as he arrived for an interview at a Kaimuki restaurant at the appointed time — not a moment later. Dressed in cream-colored Tommy Bahama pants, sneakers and a white linen shirt, the native New Yorker worried that his attire was inappropriate after Labor Day.
Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Ties the Knot

Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Ties the Knot

By Katherine Nichols, People Magazine James Gandolfini and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, a wedding guest confirms to PEOPLE. "There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks" as The Sopranos star and Lin officially became husband and wife, the guest tells PEOPLE. "They looked great." As a group of their closest friends and family looked on, Gandolfini, 46, and Lin, a former model, 40, exchanged their vows in an intimate ceremony surrounded by white lilies and rhododendrons adorning every pew held at Central Union Church.
Hanging with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, and Virginia Madsen on Maui

Hanging with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, and Virginia Madsen on Maui

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, Virginia Madsen, Felicity Huffman Nothing appears to bother Pierce Brosnan. Then again, he’s the former James Bond, with talent enough to sing and dance alongside Meryl Streep in the musical comedy “Mamma Mia,” slated to open next month. And it’s obvious that he’s venturing into his 50s with the rugged grace one would expect from a leading man.
Lost In Luxury: Profile of actor Daniel Dae Kim

Lost In Luxury: Profile of actor Daniel Dae Kim

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine Early afternoon sunlight radiates off the azure ocean peppered with earth tones of coral reef behind actor Daniel Dae Kim, posing beachside at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Several hours into hisHILuxurycover shoot, he’s dressed in jeans and a velvet Ferragamo number better suited for a crisp fall day in New York City. Even as he blots the sweat beading on his face, there’s not a single word of complaint. The previous week spent on behalf of the Asian American Pacific Island Caucusses at the Democratic National Convention – where he granted interviews, signed autographs…
Shooting with Tom Selleck on Lanai

Shooting with Tom Selleck on Lanai

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Garrison Keillor behind the scenes: Genius at work

Garrison Keillor behind the scenes: Genius at work

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Three hours before “A Prairie Home Companion” begins at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, Garrison Keillor starts to contemplate the 20-minute monologue he will deliver without notes on live radio to an audience of millions. Something about missionaries, he decides. Did any missionaries come from Minnesota? “I don’t think so, but I’m going to invent some,” he says. Garrison Keillor rehearses for "A Prairie Home Companion" performance
Young & Rich

Young & Rich

People Magazine High School Musical’s hot couple … Who’s richer: Zac or Vanessa? • Power Couple Real-life sweethearts Zac Efron, 19, and Vanessa Hudgens, 18, nabbed big bonuses when the Disney Channel movie scored, got raises for the sequel according to The New York Times and recently vacationed in a $3,100-a-night villa in Maui. • Girls Rule But only Hudgens notched a gold debut album and an endorsement deal with Neutrogena. Forbes.com estimated her income last year at $2 million. • Boys Don’t Cry After costarring in this month’s Hairspray, Efron is expected to take the lead role in the comedy 17, now…
Emmy Winner Michael Emerson

Emmy Winner Michael Emerson

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine Playing Benjamin Linus on Lost earned him an Emmy, but actor Michael Emerson’s off-screen wit and tireless artistic dedication truly make him a star. Michael Emerson arrives early for the photo shoot at a studio in Kakaako with plenty of paraphernalia. There are linen slacks with a collared shirt and matching vest – everyday wear for this man, who always looks polished – an Oxxford tuxedo, and an Emmy statuette cradled in bubble wrap inside a large Tiffany bag. The Emmy he won in September for his work as the inscrutable Benjamin Linus on ABC’s…
Christina Aguilera in Waikiki

Christina Aguilera in Waikiki

For People Magazine ...Also recently separated, Christina Aguilera has taken her split with Jordan Bratman one step further. On Oct. 14 the pop star, 29, filed for divorce before flying to Honolulu's new Waikiki Edition hotel with a group of pals for a weekend that included a sunset sailing trip and dinner parties.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on Maui

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on Maui

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Felicity Huffman seemed surprised to hear that her athletic endeavors inspire women. "I do?" the down-to-earth actress said, laughing. "Even though I run a 10-minute mile?" With encouragement from her trainer, Kirsten Hultgreen, Huffman first completed the run portion of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon -- which raised funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation -- four years ago. Her husband, renowned actor William H. Macy ("Fargo"), biked and Hultgreen swam.