On The Scene
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUDY! Oahu Realtor Judy Barrett celebrated her 60th birthday with musical support from Mike Kaawa, left, Ledward Kaapana and Eddie Kamae Saturday afternoon at the Waikiki Elks Club. Friends who arrived fashionably on time for Barrett's late-afternoon dinner party were treated to a concert by the three legendary Hawaiian musicians - Kaawa on 12-string guitar, Kaapana playing six-string and Kamae on ukulele. Pilioha kept the music going after the trio was pau. (A review of "Force of Nature," the new album by Kaapana and Kaawa, is in the HILife section.)
"A TASTE OF ART": Honolulu Design Center owner Tom Sorensen got a hug from Philana Bouvier as he surveyed the crowd at the opening-night reception of "Body & Soul," an "innovative avant-garde photo exhibition," last Thursday at the center. "Uber-Chic" was the suggested dress code for partyers who came to see three photographers' approach to "celebrating" the nude human figure.
ROUGH RIDERS STAY IN TOUCH: Lisa Chang, left, welcomed Yvonne Elliman, Donna Young Miller, Vincent Yim and state Sen. Brian Taniguchi to the Roosevelt High School Class of '69 "4th Annual House on the Hill Party" Saturday in Waialae Iki. Food-services entrepreneur Wes Zane and Guy Blackiston prepared "ono-kine hibachi grinds" for the party; several '69ers brought pupus, side dishes and desserts ('69 grad Dayle Ho'opai had a big smile as she peeped over Taniguchi's shoulder).
"MEGA '80s MUSIC FESTIVAL" FILLS TOWER: Expose - Gioia Bruno, left, Ann Curless and Jeanette Jurado - proved well worth waiting for when they performed shortly before midnight Saturday at Gordon Biersch. The festival included big-name '80s acts at the Waterfront and Don Ho's as well, but Gordon Biersch was filled beyond capacity with Expose fans, and they got an excellent show. The trio did all their late-'80s hits, danced with their old-time intensity and left the crowd wanting more.
Lisa Lisa capped the "Mega '80s Musical Festival" at Gordon Biersch with a powerful 30-minute retrospective of her pop classics, from "I Wonder if I Take You Home" to condensed versions of "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion." The dramatic high point came with her searing rendition of "All Cried Out." She sang with sincerity, and the audience sang along with her, word for word.