On the Scene
John Berger

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Brook doesn’t babble
when it comes to royal music

BROOK'S FOR AARON: Hawaii's Miss Universe Brook Lee says she hopes to convince newly elected Mayor Mufi Hannemann that dumping Aaron Mahi as bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band is a bad idea. Lee notes that with 169 years of history and a royal pedigree as well, the RHB isn't just another run of the mill municipal band or orchestra, and that Mahi's accomplishments and cultural knowledge make him the best man for the job ...

WHAT WOULD MOE SAY?: Close friends of Carol Keale report she is unhappy about a recently released album of recordings made in 1999 while her late husband, Moe Keale, was performing at the Sheraton Waikiki. They say Moe knew the recordings were being made but never gave his approval for them to be released in this way, and that his musicians, Mel Amina and Analu 'Aina, also didn't know the recordings were going to be sold. A third party says "off the record" that as far as the distributor knows, the record label has legal title to the recordings. Could one of those "bruddah-bruddah" deals that come to the surface after one of the parties is dead and gone. Could be a nasty legal situation ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Mel Cambra, Hawaiian Ryan and Chris Veatch, who are celebrating today ... Hutch "Hutchi-Boyee" Hutchins (tomorrow), and to Liana Green (Sunday) ...

ALOHA, IRISH ROSE: News that the Irish Rose Saloon is closing with a big "wake" at 7 p.m. this Saturday inspired Mike Acebedo and some friends to list other bars and nightclubs that have gone out of business since they all hit the club scene. Acebedo, who represented several popular brands of beer in the '70s and '80s, started with his old client list and came up with more than 60. Others added the Infinity, P.W.'s Spot, the Waikiki Beef & Grog, Duke's, the Tiki, Mike's, Puck's Pub, Masquerade, the Stuffed Tomato, Opus One, Steel Wings, the Hula Hut, the Marrakech, Captain Nemo's, Gussie L'Amour's, the Aquarium Lounge, Trappers and the Lewers Street Annex ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To Hula Records patriarch Donald P. McDiarmid Jr. and wife Alva who became great-grandparents when granddaughter, Heather, gave birth on Sunday. The birth makes label president Donald P. "Flip" McDiarmid III a grandfather ...

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

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