On The Scene
RHB FRIENDS MEET:
Hawaiian music and food, and a tribute to the late Ed Michelman, were on the agenda when the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band met for their 29th annual membership meeting March 8 at the Queen Emma Summer Palace. James Kaina, far left, Kimi Michelman, John Hassler, Bill Souza, Jean Serikawa, John Billam-Walker, Friends Chairman Niklaus Schweizer, Jay W. Junker, Toni Lee, Joe Ruszkowski, Ethel Iwasaki, Aaron Mahi (RHB bandmaster, 1981-2005) and Ricardo Trimillos reaffirmed their support of the Hawaiian and German traditions of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
50 ROCKS THE BLAISDELL:
Afatia "Prince of Polynesia" Thompson, left, talked backstage with 50 Cent before their concert March 28 at Blaisdell Arena. 50 thrilled his fans with a powerful 90-minute performance that included the hits his fans were there for. He was also gracious and soft-spoken backstage while posing for photos with Thompson's extended family.
An era ended on the nightclub party scene March 28 when Russell Tanoue, center, presented his final "Beautiful" party at Chai's Island Bistro. Tanoue started "Beautiful" at Indigo after he ending his long and successful run at the Ocean Club and then moved it to Chai's. "American Idol" finalist Reno David, left, ballerina/go-go dancer Kamakoa Page, Tiffany Pestana-Lizares of Image Maker Models and martial arts master Rylan Lizares all arrived fashionably on time.
CAZIMEROS GREET THEIR FANS
: Robert and Roland Cazimero went outside to meet the audience after their "Hana Hou!" concert March 14 at the Hawaii Theatre. The Brothers are not doing a May Day concert this year, but "Hana Hou!" was a worthy substitute. From the show-opening tribute to Genoa Keawe through Roland's witty one-liners and Robert's a cappella finale, the brothers were at their best.
"I LOVE YOU" A HIT -- AGAIN -- AT MVT:
Wig wrangler Greg Howell, second from left, celebrated with cast members Elitei Tatafu Jr., left, James Santos, Tricia Marciel and Kim Anderson March 30 after Manoa Valley Theatre's second production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" was extended another weekend. The show was scheduled to close March 23, but it ran through Saturday. Howell, who tended the cast's 32 wigs, played "Man No. 1" when MVT presented it in 2000.