On The Scene
TSUNAMI'S FLASHES BACK:
Go-go dancers Denise Epstine, left, and Kamakoa Page provided visual pizzazz Dec. 18 as nightclub industry veteran J-Rod premiered "Flash Back Tuesdays" at Tsunami's Waikiki on Kuhio Avenue. J-Rod, a familiar face on the club scene since his days as a high-profile member of the Ocean Club operations team, describes "Flash Back Tuesdays" as combining " '80s and '90s music, prize giveaways and drink specials." Canadian visitor Shannon Coppin, right, was among the crowd of weeknight partiers who filled the club on the 18th.
"A BIT OF ALL OF US" IN "WEDDING":
Cecily Ching, left, and Debbie Buono attended the Dec. 18 preview screening of "Margot at the Wedding" at Dole Cannery. Ching stopped short of wholeheartedly recommending the "dark" film, but found "a bit of all of us" in the assorted dysfunctional characters whose paths cross in the days leading up to the titular wedding. She also applauded the film's unpredictability.
HONORING THE MILITARY:
Actor/writer Ari Green, left, home from Los Angeles for the holidays, talked with Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Staat, co-host of Russell Tanoue's "Beautiful" party last Friday at Chai's Island Bistro. The theme of the party was "honoring the troops," and this month's beneficiary was American War Heroes, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of injured veterans.
Nolan Tokuda, left, head coach of the state champion Leilehua Mules, took a night off from thinking about football to check out "Beautiful" with Alfred Viloria and Honolulu City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz. Dela Cruz made an eye-catching fashion statement with his chrome "Batman" belt buckle, but left for another commitment before the midnight swimwear fashion show.
Navy Lt. Andy Baldwin, left, better known as "The Bachelor," stopped by "Beautiful" with Joy Kam, Dr. Alvin Chung and Rob Kirner. Baldwin is anticipating deployment to Bahrain sometime next year. Kirner, visiting from California, is a Navy submarine veteran. "Beautiful" had been scheduled for Dec. 7 but was postponed because of the heavy rain. The first "Beautiful" of 2008 will be Jan. 4.