On The Scene
UH CENTENNIAL REUNITES STUDENT LEADERS
University of Hawaii President David McClain, fifth from left, hosted a sunset reception for past and present UH-Manoa student leaders Wednesday at his Manoa Valley residence. Event organizer Keith Kamisugi (president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii-Manoa 1990-91), left, UH-Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Richard Kosaki (ASUH president 1947-48), Grant Teichman (ASUH president 2005-07), ASUH President Christina Stidman and state Supreme Court Justice Simeon Acoba (ASUH VP 1963-64) joined McClain in the foyer after the program.
Michael Miller and state Rep. Sylvia Luke recalled their days as ASUH senators -- "back in the '90s," as Miller put it. Miller retired from politics after graduation and is now director of sales and marketing for Tiki's Grill & Bar and the Holokai Grill in Waikiki. Luke and the other members of the Legislature start the 2008 session tomorrow.
Jana Chang Michel, educational specialist at the Department of Education, chatted with state Reps. Jon Riki Karamatsu, left, Scott Nishimoto and Scott Sakai. Michel, Karamatsu and Nishimoto are all former ASUH senators; Karamatsu also served as ASUH vice president. ASUH will celebrate its own centennial in 2012.
STEALING THE SHOW:
Aito Simpson Steele, left, celebrated with Puamana Crabbe, Jessica Haworth and D. Tafa'i Silipa on Thursday at the opening-night party for Kumu Kahua's production of "Pele Ma." Steele and the other male members of the cast wear historically accurate Hawaiian attire, and in addition to stealing the show with his zesty portrayal of the crude but honorable pig-god Kamapua'a, he also improvised brilliantly when his malo "malfunctioned" during a particularly energetic scene.
CHING CELEBRATES DIVERSITY IN LILIHA:
State Rep. Corinne Ching, left, introduced the 2008 edition of "Our Liliha: Honolulu's Hidden Gem" calendar Friday at Natsunoya Tea House. Paul Chesley, second from left, captured the cultural diversity of the district with eye-catching photos, Keith Lorenz wrote the captions and Leilani Ng assisted with printing and production. Ching noted that that the free calendar is a 100 percent nonprofit project that uses no state funds.