On The Scene
"KU HA'AHEO" LAUNCHED AT MANA HAWAII:
Waikiki Beach Walk general manager Conchita Malaqui, left, Maile Lee and Syl Kop were co-hosts of a Tuesday pau-hana CD release party for "Ku Ha'aheo" at Mana Hawaii at Beach Walk. The five-song anthology includes songs by Ben Vegas, Greg Sardinha and Blaine Kia and is available only at the store. A good-size crowd of visitors and akamai residents enjoyed the music of Vegas, Sardinha and Kia in a pre-party set of Hawaiian and hapa-haole music on the street-level Plaza Stage and then followed the guys upstairs to get a copy of the new CD.
MARDI GRAS ART AT THE KTR GALLERY:
International artist Gary Hostallero, visiting Honolulu for a series of "Meet the Artists" events at the Kim Taylor Reece Gallery, painted an elaborate dragon on local model Denise Epstine as she prepared for a Mardi Gras costume contest Tuesday in Chinatown. Epstine was first runner-up in the contest but would have been an easy prize winner if there had also been a category for the most photographed contestant.
AZUS HOSTS SUPER SUPER BOWL PARTY:
Greg Azus, left, chatted during halftime with Stevie Nicks Hutchison and her father, "Oldies 107.9" disc jockey Ken Hutchison, as they enjoyed the 2008 Super Bowl party Sunday at his East Honolulu residence. Azus' friends and friends-of-friends watched the ultimate football game of the season on several HD screens. (FYI, Hutchison has been playing some rarely heard oldies during his "All Request Oldies Hour" weeknights at 8 p.m.)
STETSON BRINGS "MUIR" BACK TO HAWAII:
Lee Stetson, third from left, caught up with Glenn Cannon, left, David Farmer and Eden-Lee Murray at a Saturday afternoon party in his honor at Murray's Windward Oahu residence. Stetson, a former island resident, is back to portray 19th-century wilderness advocate John Muir in "The Tramp and the Rough Rider" at Hawaii Pacific University's Paul and Vi Loo Theatre tomorrow through Sunday. Call 375-1282.
Rick Davis, left, and Karen Archibald talked politics Saturday with Alan Sutterfield, who is back in Hawaii to play "Rough Rider" Theodore Roosevelt opposite Lee Stetson in "The Tramp and the Rough Rider." The play is based on a real-life conversation between Muir and Roosevelt in 1903, and Stetson said that more then 95 percent of the dialogue comes from their books, published articles and other work. Count this as "don't miss" theater!