On the Scene
‘King & I’ Party at Louis Vuitton
THE KING IS HERE:
Richard Chamberlain, who is starring as the king of Siam in Hawaii Opera Theatre's hit production of "The King & I," was greeted by Julie Aragaki, left, and Tracy Elkind as he arrived at Louis Vuitton Ala Moana for a champagne reception Sunday. Cast members, HOT executives, major backers and invited VIP guests enjoyed two hours of champagne, Italian hors d'oeuvres and conversation. Many took advantage of the opportunity to get a photo with Chamberlain and congratulate him on the depth of his performance. "The King & I" closes with performances tonight through Sunday.
Stephen Quinn celebrated the show's opening with Kristian Lei. Quinn plays Sir Edward Ramsey, former beau of the schoolteacher Anna. Lei plays the role of Tuptim.
HOT board member Neva Rego discussed the opening-night performance with arts supporters Guy Merola, left, and Mark Wong.
Jordan Segundo, right, introduced gal pal Riho Shiraishi to Kevin Yamada. Yamada, a stage veteran, stands out as Phra Alack, one of the major secondary roles. Segundo plays Lun Tha, one of the show's star-crossed lovers.
"YES, IT'S THAI!":
Warren Fabro, left, who plays the part of the clever Kralahome, talked with Luanna and Peter McKenney. Fabro confirmed that his shirt was made in Thailand, but said he found it at a garage sale.
BRAND NEW BAGS:
Mary Chang, second from left, and Kimi Matar checked the heft of new Louis Vuitton handbags while Joey Caldarone, left, and Ash Matar, Kimi's husband, enjoyed the party.
THAT'S ALL, FOLKS:
LV party waiter Brent Yoshida, left, had no problem finding takers for the last bite-sized desserts. Celebrity chef Francesco Valentini, right, prepared a cosmopolitan assortment of tasty items.