On The Scene
"FLOWER DRUM SONG," TAKE TWO: The cast of the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei's "Flower Drum Song" was cheered on by veterans of the recent Diamond Head Theatre production on closing night April 19 at Kapolei High School. DHT stars Brad Mezurashi (Wang Ta), left, and Wil Kahele (Wang Chi-Yang) stayed to congratulate Nicole "Coco" Sandry (Mei-Li), Matthew Bise (Wang Ta), Danielle Yamamoto (Linda Low), Nathaniel Venzon (Wang Chi-Yang) and choreographer Aubrey Lee Glover. Sandry, Bise and Yamamoto were impressive in the leads, and Glover's choreography helped make "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Fan Tan Fannie" eye-catching highlights.
P.F. CHANG'S OPENS IN WAIKIKI: Jeff Apaka welcomed Regina Kawananakoa to the grand opening of P.F. Chang's Waikiki, a benefit for the Waikiki Community Center, Thursday in the Royal Hawaiian Center. WCC supporters enjoyed an assortment of signature appetizers, entrees and desserts. Kelly De Lima and his daughter, Kalena, played a potpourri of Hawaiian, Jawaiian, hapa-haole and pop hits near the street-level entrance.
KAHANAMOKU HONORED AT DUKE'S: Jo-Ann Kamuela Kahanamoku, 2008 recipient of the Duke's Ho'okahiko Award, was congratulated by Dick Moon, vice president and senior partner of TS Restaurants, left, and Duke's Waikiki General Manager Ross Anderson, before the presentation Thursday at Duke's Waikiki. Kahanamoku was honored for her contributions to Hawaiian culture as a female crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and for helping perpetuate Hawaiian feather work.
"THE BACHELOR" BIDS HAWAII ALOHA: Andy Baldwin, center, welcomed Andy Downes, left, Kristyn Downes, Joy Kay and Lance Rae to his going-away party March 29 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. After serving three years in Hawaii, he is now stationed in Washington, D.C., but says he will be back. "I hope that I've been able to give back to Hawaii as much as they've supported and embraced me. ... Hawaii will always share a large part in my heart."
A YEAR OF "MOONLIGHT MONDAYS" IN AIEA: The lanes were rocking as veteran event promoter Rick Rock, far right, presided at the first anniversary of "Moonlight Mondays" March 17 at Aiea Bowl. Marcus Robinson, left, Dr. Gregg Uyeda, Del-Marc Fujita, Glenn Uyeda, Urusai, Big Koa of Hot 93.9, Lee Lam and Russ Inouye of Vertical Junkies joined Rock in putting a St. Patrick's Day spin on the party.