On the Scene

John Berger

Thursday, June 26, 2003

THE QUEEN LEAVES THE BUILDING!: Rhonda, who is also known as"The Queen of the South Pacific," looked radiant as she was congratulated by Jes, left, and her son, John Ruddock, after her closing night show at the Esprit Nightclub on Saturday. Melveen Leed and Glenn Pinho were also among the well-wishers.The biggest surprise that night was how well Rhonda can do classic rock 'n roll.

ALOHA FOR "BRADDAH E": Sheri Layosa and Dave Randall, right, visited backstage with Tommy Silva, the man behind the "Aloha! Braddah E" fundraiser that raised over $8,800 for the family of percussionist Elton "Braddah E" McKeague at Kapono's on Sunday. Contact the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union to help boost that total.

CD-PARTY TIME!: Glen Smith, fourth from left, and Raiatea Helm, fifth from left, were among the early arrivals as Kanilau -- Noelani Chang, Alapa'i Chang, Roland Chang and Kimo Artis --celebrated the release of their new album, "Ka Aloha Pau'ole," at Gordon Biersch on Sunday. Smith and Helm sat in with the Makaha Sons for a great set later, and Moanalua and Kapena rocked the party too. Nani and Horace Dudoit, Manu Boyd, Linda Wong and Danny Kaleikini also stopped by.

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