On The Scene
THEY'VE GOT HIS BACK
: Weldon Kekauoha, draped in leis, had plenty of musical support Sept. 9 when he celebrated the release of "Ka Lehua 'Ula" with a four-hour CD party at Gordon Biersch. Kekauoha welcomed Pilioha, Maunalua and Na Kama as his special guests, and all three groups were represented when Alika Kalauli, left, "Uncle Bobby" Moderow Jr., Eric Lee, Gary "Kalehua" Krug Jr., Mark Yim, Bruce Spencer and Glenn Mayeda Jr. congratulated him backstage. The crowd got an unanticipated treat when Pilioha took the stage, with guitarist Yim subbing for the absent Kamuela Kimokeo.
Cinematographer Joe Konno, seated right, was guest of honor Sunday at a 30th-anniversary screening of "China Visit" at the PBS Hawaii studios. Konno produced and directed the one-hour look at post-Mao China as experienced by 18 Hawaii residents. "China Visit" tour members Shimeji Kanazawa, seated left, Roger Ariyoshi, Fujio Matsuda, Mary Bitterman and James Burns shared their memories of the trip after the screening.
THEY MET ON "HAWAII STARS":
"Hawaii Stars" producer-director Dirk Fukushima, center, reminisced Sunday evening with former contestants Brandon Kahele, left, Janel Akana, Kea Davis-Milo and Frankie Villanueva. The foursome became friends after competing on the show and now perform together professionally as the Fab 4.
THIS TIME, IT'S FOR REAL:
Carole Kai and Kimo Kahoano struck a familiar pose Sunday as the staff of "Hawaii Stars" watched the final show of the long-running local singing contest with a few close friends at Liquid Planet Studios in Iwilei. The show's "final season" has been announced at least twice in the past, but Kai says this really is the end of "Hawaii Stars" as a weekly show.
PREVIEWING "THE WAR":
PBS national chairwoman Mary Bitterman, Bishop Museum collections manager DeSoto Brown and retired Navy Capt. Donald R. Hess of the USS Missouri Memorial Association were joined Saturday by Al Landon, chairman and CEO of Bank of Hawaii, as they co-hosted a preview of "The War" aboard the Missouri. "The War," a Ken Burns documentary about World War II, premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday on KHET/PBS.