On The Scene
A royal reception
DUTCH PRINCE SPEAKS FOR WILDLIFE:
The Hilton Hawaiian Village was the place to be last Thursday as Dutch Consul Gaylord Tom, right, hosted a reception honoring His Highness Pieter-Christiaan, prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, center, in white, and his wife, Princess Anita, also in white, in the Coral Ballroom. Prominent among the guests welcoming the royal couple were Princess Dialta, left, and Prince Vittorio Alliata de Montereale, Watters Martin Jr., and Kristy Martin, Regina Kawananakoa, Quentin and Elizabeth Kawananakoa, and Eleanor and David Kawananakoa.
Robi Kahakalau and Jeff Rasmussen gave the reception a contemporary Hawaiian ambience. They opened their first set with "Wahine 'Ilikea" and continued with a musical potpourri that included "Hi'ilawe," "I Wanna Get Next to You" and "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night" in German).
Henk Rogers, left, and his wife, Akemi, chatted with Lea and Jeff Hong after the program. Henk ("not Hank"), managing director of the Tetris Co. and also president and CEO of Blue Planet Software, explained that the spelling of his name reflects his Dutch heritage. Blue Planet is currently marketing new ways of organizing and sharing photos online.
Chilean Consul General Gladys Vernoy caught up with Honolulu social-scene veterans Joey Caldarone, left, and Nigel Salmingo before Prince Pieter-Christiaan took the stage to comment briefly on his work for the World Wildlife Fund and the importance of conserving our natural resources.
Peter Savasta, left, who was raised by an Italian family in New York, told Charles McCallion, Terry Wong and Chris Lee, "Everybody thinks I'm from here until I open my mouth." Lee quipped, "Tell them you went to Punahou!"