On The Scene
"HAPPY 88th, CAROL!"
Linda Wong, left, handled the arrangements and threw a great 88th-birthday luau for her mother, Carol Yap, fourth from left, May 10 at Kahaluu Fishpond. Guests were asked to bring a donation for the Hawaii Foodbank in lieu of gifts. Jean Ariyoshi, second from left, and her husband, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, joined Wong and her son, Christopher, and daughter-in-law, Connie, in helping Yap celebrate.
GLASS CANDLE TOPS REUNION IV:
Robin Kimura, left, welcomed Glass Candle -- Bruce Imai, Bobby Gonzales, Kurt Kaminaka, Doug Rivera and Robert Shinoda -- moments before they headlined Kimura's '70s Nightclub Reunion IV May 10 at the Ala Moana Hotel. The oldies party was the first time in 33 years that Glass Candle had performed, and the overflow crowd got a great show as the five old-time members and a couple of young stand-ins played a 55-minute set of vintage 1974 hits. Imai and Gonzales shared duties on bass; Gonzales, Rivera and Kaminaka did most of the vocals; and the group summed it up perfectly with a blockbuster rendition of Edgar Winter's hit "Keep Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll."
Haagen-Dazs desserts have become a tradition at Yap's birthday luaus, and Haagen-Dazs rep Jason Kim, left, did not disappoint. He and his assistants, Juliet Janson and Julieta Reformado, served up a special "Chocolate Fantasy" after dinner. Haagen-Dazs fans Liz and Stuart Ho knew from years past to expect something good, and they were ready when the serving line opened.
Ann and Harry Gima dressed retro, although Harry said that he did not remember polyester making him sweat as much back in the '70s.
Wade Kuriowa, seated above, a founding member of New Experience, autographed a souvenir poster for Mary Perkins, left, and Linda Caracol as band members Macky Galbiso and Butchie Canencia looked on. May 10 was the first time in more than 30 years that New Experience played a reunion show. (Other New Experience members back for the night included Edwin Ramones and Rachel Gonzalez.) The '70s Nightclub Reunion V is set to rock the boat Feb. 28.