On The Scene
"OBAKE" EXCELLENT AT HTY
Honolulu Theatre for Youth cast members Kimo Kaona, left, David Furumoto, Ryan Wuestewald, Cynthia See and Nan Asuncion paused onstage amid the tombstones Oct. 19 before attending the opening-night party for HTY's "Obake" at Tenney Theatre. Furumoto is also playwright, director and choreographer of this fascinating anthology of Japanese ghost stories. It is the best treatment of the genre by a local theater group since Kumu Kahua's staging of Edward Sakamoto's "Obake," a completely different play, in 2003, and HTY's show is suitable for all ages. Call 839-9885.
OHTA JR. CELEBRATES
Ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr., right, welcomed guitarist David "Chino" Montero before taking the stage with songs from his new album, "'Ukulele Journey," at a CD release party last Wednesday at the Ala Moana Hotel. Montero is one of the guest artists on Ohta's excellent new album.
TIKI'S CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH
Tiki's Grill and Bar co-owners Kelly McGill, left, Bill Tobin and Greg Montgomery spent an hour or so working as bartenders Oct. 23 as they celebrated the open-air restaurant's fifth anniversary with a "Tiki Tuesdays" party at the Waikiki Beach Hotel. Inner Session kicked things off with a three-hour set that ended shortly after sunset.
KAMAE FILM A WINNER AT HIFF
Robert Pennybacker, left, joined Myrna and Eddie Kamae and Gaylord Holomalia Sunday for an encore screening of the Kamaes' documentary "Lahaina: Waves of Change" at Dole Cannery. The screening was scheduled after the film received the Pacific Panorama Award at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. Pennybacker co-wrote the narration; Holomalia wrote the score.
HUI MAKAALA HOSTS A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON
Joyce Fasi, left, shared her impressions with 2007 Narcissus Queen Jessica Lau and Leilani Keough Oct. 21 after the Hui Makaala 38th Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Sheraton Waikiki. The show featured the dramatic designs of Okinawan designer Mitsuko Yamauchi and her daughter, Kanna Yamauchi, and also those of Hawaii resident Jeanie Chun.