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On the Scene

John Berger

Monday, October 11, 2004


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HONORING THE WATERMEN: Reyn's President and CEO Tim McCullough, center, welcomed Jimmy Lucas, left, Randy Rarrick, Kiki Spangler, Conrad Canha, Fred Hemmings and Jock Sutherland at a party celebrating the re-opening of Reyn's Ala Moana on Friday. The decor of Reyn's flagship store now features displays honoring their exploits.


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CATCHING UP AT "HAWAII STARS": Erika Kauffman and Siona Fruean caught up backstage during the taping of "Hawaii Stars" at Ala Moana Center on Thursday. He was a contestant and she was there to judge, but there was nothing wrong with them talking because he was competing in the Broadway-themed show and she was judging the four "Motown/R&B" contestants. Fruean was the only one of the "Broadway" contestants to dress more or less in costume for his selection. He picked a song from the Broadway production of "Lion King."


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GREAT JAZZ IN THE LIVING ROOM: Noel Okimoto, second from left, was joined behind his drums by Dan Del Negro, left, Todd Yukumoto and Leighton Arima after playing two sets of great jazz at the Living Room atop Fisherman's Wharf on Thursday. The quartet played several songs off Okimoto's aptly named solo album, "Ohana," while also stretching out with expansive arrangements of "Neither One of Us" and "Overjoyed."


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JAMMING AT REYN'S: It was like an old time backyard party when Herb Ohta Jr., left, was joined by Danny Akaka, second from left, Jon Yamasato and Alan Akaka in providing the music for the re-opening of Reyn's Ala Moana on Friday. A majority of the male guests wore Reyn's aloha shirts to the party hosted by Reyn's President and CEO Tim McCullough and everyone received a program explaining the significance of the new decor.


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A CUTE COUPLE FROM "BIG RIVER": Jakara Mato, left, and Sean Jones were still in costume when they were congratulated by Teresa Bright and Sean's father, jazz bassist Steve Jones, after "Big River" opened at Paliku Theatre on Friday. Sean Jones gives a consistently strong performance as Huckleberry Finn. Mato steals two scenes as the sweet and innocent Mary Jane Wilkes.





See the Columnists section for some past articles.

John Berger has covered the local
entertainment scene since 1972. Contact
him at jberger@starbulletin.com.

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