On The Scene
A lei-draped Irwin Santos of www.Superman808.com, known to his friends as "Supes," marked his 44th birthday Nov. 14 with a super-size party at Gordon Biersch. The crowd helping him celebrate included Tim Burgess, front row left, Lei Timario and Bob Friskel; and, filling out the back row, Janey Bullock, left, Chris Ajirogi, Jenni Santos, Debbie Kikuchi-Chang, Suzi Shimada, Trofe Long, Sandy "Rabbit Ears" Chikasuye and Barbara Ainge. Santos' guests commemorated the event by signing a Superman jersey for his memorabilia collection.
AMERICA ROCKS THE BLAISDELL:
Gerry Beckley stepped forward for a solo early in the show last Tuesday as America played one of this year's best concerts in Blaisdell Arena. America performed for almost 90 minutes, and the set list included all their classic Top 40 hits.
Dewey Bunnell was in great voice as lead vocalist on "Sandman" and "Tin Man." The band opened with "Riverside," included just enough songs from their new album to demonstrate its quality, and returned to the stage after "Sister Golden Hair" for an encore performance of "A Horse With No Name."
MEET MR. NAPOLEON:
Craig Hara, above left, president and CFO of Hawaiian Island Creations, joined Gina Haraizumi in welcoming HIC Records recording artist Kevin Napoleon on Saturday as he signed copies of his new album, "Simply Nappy," between sets at HIC Ala Moana. Napoleon writes and sings in Hawaiian as well as English and plays contemporary Hawaiian music as well as pop and Jawaiian.
Concert caterer Steve Ozark, left, talked backstage with Frank De Lima, David Kauahikaua and Robert "Bobby" Nishida before the trio took the stage as America's opening act. De Lima's tried-and-true demonstration of how his T-shirt can be used as a "Portagee Halloween mask" was one of the crowd's favorite bits.