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On the Scene
John Berger

Monday, August 8, 2005





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SINGING ONE FOR THE 'IRON MAN': U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, second from left, sat in with the Makaha Sons on Thursday as a surprise performer at Neil Abercrombie's "Abercrombie for Congress" fund-raiser at the Coral Ballroom. Akaka serenaded Abercrombie with "Hawaiian Lullaby," introducing it by saying that the song about rainbows is a perfect description of Hawaii's multiracial, multiethnic society. Akaka also noted that no one pumps more iron in the congressional weight room than Abercrombie. The party, billed as a "Hawaiian Music Celebration," included kalua pig, poi and the music of Kaukahi, Anelaikalani, Hapa and the Makaha Sons.



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'I GIVE IT A 9!': Andy Bumatai, celebrity emcee at the Abercrombie fund-raiser, talked with Brittney Anelaikalani Jennings as Kawika Kahiapo and Barrett Awai of Kaukahi played during dinner. Brittney was seated at table 6, and Bumatai flipped over the table card for a quick improv bit.



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HE'LL KEEP HIS DAY JOB: Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, second from left, greeted Abercrombie, Danielle Fisher and Nancie Caraway. Hannemann was backed by Hapa while he serenaded the guest of honor with a Samoan song, but promised afterward he wouldn't quit his "day job."



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IS THIS OCEAN DRIVE?: Jason Ulep had plenty of reason to smile July 30 as he partied at the Ocean Club with Sarah Gomez, left, and Kristi Ratka. The Piranha Room theme that night was "Ocean Drive," but most of the crowd seemed to be having too much fun to notice.



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CLUB FASHIONS: Piranha Room partyers Carlee Shima, left, Dorian Valencia and Tiana Lacar starred in their own fashion show long before the official event around midnight. The three friends also made a great impression go-go dancing on one of the drink rails.


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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