Las Vegas Showcased in Kimo Akane Hawaiian TV Show

Las Vegas showcased in Kimo Akane’s Hawaiian TV Show

Hawaii sunsetKimo Akane’s “Kimo’s Vegas” premiered June 5 and now airs four times per week.

The Aloha State’s love affair with this desert playground is well known, and residents of the Pacific paradise often call Las Vegas Hawaii’s “ninth island” because so many of them visit or move here.

If Kimo Akane’s new television program does well, Las Vegas should soon see even more islanders at its hotels, casinos, restaurants and showrooms.

Akane recently launched “Kimo’s Vegas,” a television program that showcases this city’s personalities and attractions before Hawaiian audiences.

“Kimo’s Vegas” airs exclusively on Oceanic Cable, a Time Warner affiliate with more than 400,000 residential and business subscribers in the Hawaiian Islands.

Three episodes have been filmed, with 13 more planned.

Akane was born on Oahu’s North Shore. Excluding a two-year stint on the mainland after high school, the 51-year-old has been a lifelong Hawaii resident. Still, he’s is no stranger to Las Vegas.

Akane began visiting here shortly after he turned 21. Last year, he parlayed his personal experiences into a print column and radio program about this city — particularly elements he believes will interest other islanders.

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“Kimo’s Vegas” is filmed entirely in Las Vegas, with Akane narrating the first three episodes from Oahu.

Former Las Vegas TV news anchor Rachel Smith served as on-air host, though Akane will appear on future episodes.

The first installment profiled Sarah Harding Traverso, a 28-year-old Kauai native and two-time Miss Fitness USA champion.

Akane’s cameras also toured MGM Grand Hotel Craftsteak, which he said is the only restaurant in the continental United States offering Hawaiian grass-fed beef.

Upcoming episodes will profile Fitzgeralds and a colorful Hawaiian who’s now a Stratosphere casino host.

More than 411,000 people flew to Las Vegas from Hawaii in 2004, the most recent data available from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority show.

“Considering we have less than a million (residents), that’s pretty good,” Akane said of Hawaii’s visitor tally, which was greater than every foreign nations’ excluding Canada.

Boyd Gaming Corp. routinely fills its three downtown Las Vegas properties with islanders who came here on Boyd’s chartered jet service from Honolulu.

U.S. Census figures show approximately 100,000 Clark County residents were natives of Hawaii or another Pacific island as of 2004.

Source: LV Review Journal

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