On the Scene

John Berger

Monday, April 12, 2004

2004 Hawaii music awards

TIME OUT!: Darrell Aquino, left, of SUGahDADDY, stepped outside to talk with Chris Carillo, center, and Stu Sherman as the April 4 Hawaii Music Awards dragged on. Most of the crowd had left at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom by the time SUGahDADDY rocked the few remaining with a high-energy performance of "Pacific Blu" from "e'hawaiian rock band."

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GREAT PERFORMERS: Jennifer Lehua Barber, right, greeted Ku'uipo Kumukahi before the show. Some of the musical performances were little more than karaoke bar stuff, but Kumukahi opened the dinner show entertainment in fine style. Barber's mini-set with guitarist Mark Magennis was also enjoyable.

A HAWAIIAN HIGHLIGHT: Liana Green, above right, added the beauty of hula as Kanani Kahaunaele, center, and Kala'i Ontai played "E Mau E," a song from Kahaunaele's award-winning album, "Na'u 'Oe."

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!: Frank DeLima, right, was delighted that his "Silva Anniversary" album, released in 2001, somehow won "Comedy Album of the Year" in 2004. DeLima got a good laugh when he said, "Four years later, they finally voted for it! "

CONGRATULATIONS, NOEL!: Peter Radulovic, above right, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, helped Noel Okimoto display the koa bowl he received as the recipient of the Mayor's Performing Arts Award. Okimoto was also a winner in the "Jazz Album" and "Studio Musician" categories.

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