On the Scene
Don Ho enjoyed a quiet moment with his daughter, Hoku, while emcee Jackie Bay warmed up the crowd and introduced the opening acts Tuesday at the Waikiki Beachcomber. Don, who celebrated his 75th birthday in August, entertained the capacity crowd for almost 90 minutes with a perfectly balanced blend of Hawaiian songs, comedy and audience participation. Hoku joined him for a beautiful rendition of "Me Kealoha Pumehana (With All My Love)" and showed her pop appeal singing "The Nearness of You" solo with instrumental support from Benny Chong on ukulele. She's planning to join Dad again on Sunday and then return to California.
BRICK 'N BULLY:
Brickwood Galuteria of Hawaiian 105 KINE, left, caught the Don & Hoku Ho show Tuesday and talked with record industry veteran Bully Soares.
THE BOYS STOP BY:
Eddie Maligmat, third from left, Don Ho's bassist, welcomed the Dela Cruz Brothers -- Michael, second from left, and James. The duo performed with Ho in the early '80s and sat in with him as guests on Tuesday. They now live in Japan and will release an album, "E Mama E," there in October. Yasuko Iwasaki, Michael's mother-in-law, enjoyed the show.
Loren Farmer, second from left, and Sam-sil Yun Cannon celebrated Wednesday with their husbands, David C. Farmer, left, and Glenn Cannon, and a few close friends. Terence Knapp, Kalanikoa Lum, Jim Hutchison, and Barbara and Alan Sutterfield were among the guests who enjoyed the Filipino buffet.
A BIG NIGHT FOR FRAN:
Fran Gendrano, left, was ecstatic at meeting Aimee Mann backstage after Mann's 90-minute concert Wednesday at the Hawaii Theatre. Gendrano, a fan "for 20 years," loved "everything," including the songs from Mann's current album, "The Forgotten Arm," but her favorite was "Deathly." Mann sang it in the first encore.
A HOT OPENING ACT:
Laura MacLean got great support from local boy guitarist Jeff Kloetzel as Aimee Mann's opening act on Wednesday. You couldn't tell from their work together that they'd met just a few days before the show. Expect MacLean to return as a headliner.