Kimo’s Vegas

Victoria Hope Jose and Rolando Sanchez. Photos from Kimo Akane

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

ON HER 21ST BIRTHDAY, Victoria Hope Jose won the KNDI Radio 1270 AM “Summer Karaoke Blast 2011.” Her relatives and Facebook friends are all saying “pick me” in addition to the standard Hau’oli la Hanau … As the third semifinalist, she won $500 in cash and a Vacations Hawaii package for two including air, hotel, transfers and our favorite: food. Enter to win $500 and another Boyd Vacations, Las Vegas package Oct. 1 at Don Quijote Waipahu.

IF YOU’RE jonesing for that new casino smell, Caesars Palace may be just what the doc ordered. You can make a reservation right now for the Octavius Tower that’ll be open for business Jan. 2.

JANET JACKSON’S Number Ones tour gets “Up Close and Personal” Nov. 26 and 27 at Caesars Colosseum, just in time for some Las Vegas holiday shopping. Tickets are on sale now.

WHO MAKES the best burger in Vegas? There are quite a few good burger joints in Sin City, and even a few great ones. On the short list for the latter is Fukuburger … Before you say “Same to you, buddy,” the mobile burger joint is the creation of Colin Fukunaga and Robert Magsalin. That’s right, it’s a plate lunch truck that serves burgers, and they are so hot, restaurateur Harry Morton (his name is likely on the salt on your table) immediately partnered with them for a brick-andmortar burger joint in L.A. The secret to their tasty beef is a proprietary blend of shoyu, wasabi, yuzu, pickled ginger, rice wine, other traditional Japanese ingredients and a special glaze. On the menu are even more locations, but you can catch the original just look for their daily Facebook post.

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SPOCK’ED ON the menu at 35 Steaks and Martinis at the Hard Rock: some hard-rocking vino … Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin wines.

GOOGLE SPENT $676 million to buy ITA Software. What does that have to do with Vegas? Well, they’ve cleared all federal regulations, and you can check fares quicker than you can say “Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes.” Just type “flights” followed by the city of origin “HNL” to the destination city “LAS” (airport codes optional) and voila!, flights are listed and sorted however you choose. There’s a handy graph that lists fares by day, and it shows the price as you roll the mouse over it. Get the link to check this out for yourself at

BOUGHT MORE than your share of Vegas neon? Wanna know when is the most auspicious day and time to hit the casino? What colors should you wear for the best luck? For centuries people have been using the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to balance energy and receive good fortune. Call Franklin Tam of 5 Lucky Elements (737-4154) to set up your reading with Master Clarence Lau.

AFTER RECEIVING more than a few complaints, TSA is modifying its screening procedures to be less invasive for keiki under 12 … “Hey, buddy, are you sure you’re only 11? Got any ID?”