On The Scene
PAULO OHANA PRESENTS CONCERT: Jasonjoel "JJ" Hirai, third from left, was guest of honor and star performer as the Paulo ohana celebrated his graduation from Lanakila Baptist High School with a "Music Scholarship Concert" on June 29 at the Pearl City Cultural Center Auditorium. JJ's grandfather Rene Paulo Sr., left, played several numbers and received a standing ovation after "Rhapsody in Blue." Other performers included JJ's parents, Kathy Paulo-Hirai and Keoki Hirai; his grandmother Akemi Paulo; uncle Rene Paulo Jr.; and cousin Alana Paulo-Tamashiro (JJ's aunt Gail Paulo assisted with the silent auction). JJ will attend the Azusa Pacific School of Music this fall.
WYLAND COMPLETES PENTHOUSE DECOR:
Marine-life artist Wyland, left, was joined by Kim Taylor Reece in admiring his newest work of art Wednesday at the Wyland Waikiki Hotel. Wyland held a news conference announcing plans for his 100th "whaling wall" mural and at least one more Wyland hotel, then invited everyone to the penthouse for champagne and pizza. He capped the event by painting the whale on the wall. (For video clips of the news conference, go to www.starbulletin.com
JONES STARS IN FAREWELL SHOW: Singer-actor Sean Jones, center, celebrated his graduation from Mid-Pacific Institute with a party and show co-produced with his parents, Steve and Lee Ann Jones, on June 30 at Manoa Valley Theatre. Sean goes to New York this fall, and he showed star-caliber talent as he joined Jimmy Borges for a two-man rendition of "Just in Time" and then went solo on "I Have Dreamed."
CANADA DAY CELEBRATION A SMASH: Commodore Nigel Greenwood, commander of the Canadian Fleet Pacific, center, was escorted by Lt. Cmdr. John Allsopp, left, and Cmdr. Haydn Edmundson as he hosted a Canada Day reception aboard the HMCS Regina and HMCS Ottawa on July 1 at Pearl Harbor. Both ships were jammed to capacity with partyers celebrating the 141st anniversary of the founding of modern Canada.
"ALTOGETHER" INTRODUCES NEW ART: Ruth M. Ono, chairwoman of the East-West Center Arts Ohana, left, guest curator Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris and EWC board member Watters O. Martin co-hosted the opening reception for "Altogether: Contemporary Papua New Guinea Art" on Wednesday at the East-West Center. The exhibit shows the development of contemporary national art since PNG gained independence in 1975. It continues through Sept. 5. Admission is free.