On The Scene
MEN OF STEEL:
Celebrity emcee Kimo Kahoano, left, introduced Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, Hiram Olsen, Casey Olsen, Gary Aiko and Alan Akaka at the Steel Guitar Fest held Sept. 9 at the Shore Bird Restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. The four steel guitarists -- Akaka, Ingano, Casey Olsen and Sardinha -- were backed by Hiram Olsen on guitar and Aiko on bass and vocals as they played short individual sets that demonstrated their distinctive styles. Ingano went last, and when he finished, the other three joined him for a "four-steel" jam session that featured Kahoano dancing a spirited hula to "Boy from Laupahoehoe."
Ana Romero and Anthony "P.T." Davis enjoyed a preview of "Eastern Promises" at Dole Cannery Thursday. Davis described director David Cronenberg's graphic crime film as "worth watching more than once," although he added that many people will miss the significance of the final scene if they don't pay attention. Romeo said the sound effects added realism to the fight scenes.
CALLING FOR A CEASE FIRE, AGAIN
: Keith Haugen, left, enjoyed "Taste of the Arts" with his wife, Carmen, and Kats and Frank Uehara. Carmen and Kats are "hula sisters" in Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i, and Frank performs with Keith and Carmen as KFC (Keith, Frank and Carmen). Keith recorded a special version of "Cease Fire" during the first Gulf War, but the war ended before it could be released. The current war in Iraq has given the song new relevance, and he's using it in his campaign for peace.
COME FLY WITH US
: Stu Glauberman, director of corporate communications for Aloha Airlines, explored "Taste of the Arts" with photographer Sayuki Kodama, left, and singer/actress Rocky Brown. Although the party was held along three blocks of Nuuanu Avenue, the trio started one street over, at the Kim Taylor Reece gallery on Bethel Street, because Kodama has work on display there.
CHECKING OUT THE AVENUE
: Melanie Wong and John Garcia were on the scene for "Taste of the Arts," a Friday evening street party on Nuuanu Avenue. Although Garcia has a successful career as a savings consultant for mydaypass.com, he says people frequently mistake him for Pipi of KCCN/FM100 -- and adds that Pipi has told him it's happened to him, too.