On The Scene
SEDAKA MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE:
Neil Sedaka thrilled old-time local fans Dec. 9 when he included "I Must Be Dreaming," an only-in-Hawaii hit, in his set list at the Hawaii Theatre. Sedaka explained that "Little Devil," the A-side of a 1961 single, was a hit everywhere but here -- where "Uncle Tom" Moffatt played the B-side instead. Sedaka's "50 Years of Hits" show included a 1961 clip of him singing "Calendar Girl" and a modern video that lets him sing "Never Again" as a duet with Dinah Washington. Sedaka fans Lisa Chang, left, and her sister-in-law, Mary Chang, went backstage to greet Sedaka and his wife, Leba, after the show.
MICHIBA GUESTS AT GRAND OPENING:
Rokusaburo Michiba, the original Japanese "Iron Chef," was the guest of honor Thursday as Wasabi & Nadaman celebrated its official opening with a benefit dinner for the Japan-America Society of Honolulu. Kumi Iseki introduced chef Michiba to the guests before the first course was served.
"FATHER OF TRANSPLANT" HONORED:
Dr. Livingston Wong, third from left, was honored Dec. 1 as the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom. Wong was recognized for his leadership in founding the Emergency Medical Services program and establishing organ transplant facilities in Hawaii. Art Gladstone, left, chatted with Wong's wife, Linda, and event co-chairwoman Nancy Walsh as they waited for the ballroom to open.
FISHCAKE OPENS IN KAKAAKO:
Sporadic rain outside did not spoil the party Dec. 7 as Maura Fujihira, left, Akemi Rogers and Deborah Low co-hosted the grand opening of Fishcake, a furniture and interior decor store, in Kakaako. Many party guests arrived fashionably on time despite wet roads and rush-hour traffic, but full trays of heavy "Pupus by Indigo" were still being served as the party was winding down three hours later.
ALL THUMBS UP FOR "ATONEMENT":
Pamela Young, left, Gary Sprinkle and Jodi Leong had nothing but praise for "Atonement" after they caught a preview screening last Tuesday at Dole Cannery. Young found it "an intense, beautiful, thoughtful and profound movie," and Leong praised the "spectacular" cinematography and "brilliant" direction. Sprinkle said he "loved Keira Knightley." "Atonement" opens Friday.