On The Scene
HONORING PRINCESS KAWANANAKOA
A ROYAL CONCERT:
Neil Hannahs, left, and his wife, Marian Hannahs, talked with Cathy Foy and Aaron Mahi. Mahi honored Princess Abigail Kawananakoa during the cocktail hour with a program of Hawaiian and hapa-haole songs that were all connected in some way to her royal lineage and genealogy. He also performed with Manu Boyd and 'Aha Punana Leo board member Randie Kamuela Fong during the program.
A ROYAL EVENT
: 'Aha Punana Leo board member Larry Lindsey Kimura, left, chatted with Alena Nicholas, Kana'e Keawe and Puakea Nogelmeier on Sunday as they perused the silent-auction items at "Ne'epepe I Ke O Mau," a benefit dinner honoring Princess Abigail Kinoiki Keakulike Kawananakoa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Kawananakoa was recognized for her support of programs that preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and tradition through the Abigail K. Kawananakoa Foundation and Na Lei Alii Kawananakoa.
A HISTORIC NIGHT
: Manu Boyd, left, welcomed Mahi Beamer and his niece Gaye Beamer to the party. Boyd performed the duties of royal chanter, preceding Abigail Kawananakoa and her guests as they entered the ballroom. He then observed traditional protocol by delivering a Kawananakoa family genealogical chant, "He Mele No Hainalau," after they were seated. Mahi Beamer performed later in the program.
MAHALO NUI, CHARLIE!
: The alii had departed and the program was over when Elaine Toguchi, left, and her husband, former state Sen. Charles Toguchi, walked over to Table 13 to talk story with Danny Kaleikini, Linda Wong, Emme Tomimbang, James Burns and Lynne and Bob Toyofuku. Kaleikini mentioned that Charles Toguchi should be remembered as the senator who took the lead in repealing the infamous state law that had prohibited teaching the Hawaiian language in public schools.
HE HAD TO BEHAVE
: Chad Takatsugi, a founding member of 'Ale'a, enjoyed the event with Lisa Okinaga but added that although he did not have to work, "tonight I have to behave. All my bosses are here."