On the Scene

John Berger

Friday, July 23, 2004


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MELVEEN!: Kimo Kahoano, second from left, serenaded Melveen Leed with an original song, followed "Aloha Friday," and then danced an appropriately risque hula to "Boy From Laupahoehoe,"as she celebrated her 61st birthday at Honey's in the Ko'olau Golf Club on Sunday. Clint Kalaola, fourth from left, ran the sound system while Imaikalani Young, left, Tito Berenobis and Buddy Fo provided the music. "Nobody ever wrote a song for me,"Leed said of Kahoano's unexpected musical gift.


THIS ONE'S FOR MACKEY!: Donnie Martin, left, and Carole Kai joined the members of Kalapana backstage just before their 30th anniversary concert at the Waikiki Shell on Saturday. Kalapana capped an expansive 90-minute celebration with a powerful rendition of "Naturally" that they dedicated to the late Mackey Feary, a founding member of the group. Kalapana's 30th anniversary continues with shows on Kauai and the Big Island next weekend.


CONGRATULATIONS, KEAHI!: Douglas S. Scheer, right, talked with Keahi Conjugacion and her husband, pianist Dan Del Negro, during the CD-release party for her new album, "Jazz Hawaiian Style," at the Honolulu Club July 16. Scheer, who is well known in theatrical circles as a versatile actor and resourceful props master, did all the floral arrangements seen on Conjugacion's new album.


READY FOR "JSC": Mariko Lyons, left, gave Andrew Sakaguchi an orchid lei as they enjoyed the pre-show sponsors' party for Diamond Head Theatre's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," along with Peter Rockford Espirtu and Sing Sing Bliss on July 16. Sakaguchi, director/choreographer of the DHTshow, was Lyons' dance partner at her son's wedding.


LOOK WHO'S HERE!: Yvonne Elliman, second from left, thrilled the cast of DHT's "Jesus Christ Superstar" -- including Laurence Paxton, left, Alison L.B. Maldonado and Dennis Proulx -- when she came to the cast party after the show. Maldonaldo had been one of her backing vocalists at a recent concert. Paxton was ecstatic when she signed his vinyl copy of the original "JCS" album.

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