On the Scene

John Berger

Thursday, July 29, 2004

‘Come and Join’ with
James Ingram on uke CD

A CLASS ACT: James Ingram did more than record and produce "Come And Join Us" as a CD-single fund-raiser for Roy Sakuma's annual 'ukulele festival. After introducing the song on stage at Kapiolani Bandstand on Sunday, he spent two hours autographing copies of the CD, and took time to have a brief conversation with each fan as he did so. A spokesperson for the distributor reports "almost 1,000 copies" were sold while Ingram was there ...

INTERESTING PEOPLE: Kalani Hicks got into whips while preparing for the role of Pedro, leader of the muleteers who beat Aldonza/Dulcinea, in Army Community Theatre's 2003 production of "Man Of La Mancha." Hicks proved such a realistic whip-snapper that when Andrew Sakaguchi was planning the choreography for Diamond Head Theatre's revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar," Hicks was the choice to play the soldier who scourges Jesus Christ (Matthew Pennaz) ... Honolulu gets a treat this week as popular radio and television personality Kimo Kahoano takes over the morning show at Hawaiian 105 KINE. It's great to have Kahoano back on the air -- and a live rendition of his 1982 hit, "Aloha Friday," should be a highlight of the show tomorrow. KINE is still relegating producer Tony Solis to a non-speaking role on the morning show, but Solis is demonstrating his local-boy appeal as the personable host and star of "Eh! U Da Kine, Ah?" on OC16 ...

HELP WANTED: Jason Miller of wants to know what bands you'd like to see in concert. Let him know by email at hwnexp@aol. com ... Alicia Michioka Jones, competing for the title of Mrs. United States in Las Vegas next weekend, asks Hawaii to show aloha by voting for her at http://mrsunitedstates. com/poll.php. She says the on-line vote is good for "an additional award given out at the pageant" ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Mary Ann Changg and shakuhachi master Riley Lee, who are celebrating today ... Also to Louis "Moon" Kauakahi (Friday), Iva Kinimaka (Saturday), G-Spot and Fred Piluso (Monday), and Eddie Kamae (Wednesday) ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To kumu hula Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis on the success of last month's "Under A Tropic Moon: 100 Years of Hapa Haole Hula" fund-raiser at the Hawaii Theatre. Lewis and her halau needed to raise $35,000 to fully endow the Thomas Keola Ahsing Scholarship for students at the College of Engineering at the UH-Manoa. Word is that donations, sponsorships, and ticket and T-shirt sales raised more than $55,000 and the scholarship is set ... And to James Coles, whose Big Kahuna Beach Party raised more than $8,000 for Musical Youth of Hawaii, a program teaching teens the art of DJ-ing ...

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