On The Scene
on the scene: backstage pass
HOKU WINNERS PLAY SHORE BIRD: Hawaiian 105 KINE deejay Billy V, left, emceed a great double bill of 2008 Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners when Napua Greig and Maunalua (Bruce Spencer, second from left, "Uncle Bobby" Moderow Jr., fourth from left, and Kahi Kaonohi, holding guitar) played the "Hawaiian 105 KINE Aloha Friday Luncheon" at the Shore Bird. The show was broadcast on KINE, but only the Shore Bird audience witnessed the magic when Greig (Female Vocalist of the Year) danced hula with Maunalua (Group of the Year). Billy brought Spencer, Greig, Moderow, Chino Montero, Nathan Nahinu, Kaonohi, KINE deejay Bruddah Wade and Rodney Bejer back for a final bow after the broadcast ended.
TOKUJO PREVIEWS "WAIKIKI NEI": Roy Tokujo, left, and Todd Dougall welcomed guests to a preview performance of "Waikiki Nei" Thursday in the Royal Hawaiian Showroom at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. The audience, described as "friends and family," enjoyed a problem-free performance. "Waikiki Nei" opens next Tuesday. Call 931-6100.
MALAE VISITS HAWAII: American Samoan gubernatorial candidate Utu Abe Malae, third from left, was guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Saveatama Max Sword, left, Faye Ala'ilima and Va'a Atisanoe July 7 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Malae received spontaneous applause when he told the crowd that "elective office is not an entitlement" and that it is important to "compromise between oratory and getting the job done."
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUSSELL!": Russell Tanoue, center, was joined Wednesday by Herb Ewaliko III, Rosie Pearson, Shari Saiki and Julie Funke as he celebrated his birthday watching "So You Think You Can Dance" at Chiko's Tavern. Tanoue was cheering on contestant Mark Kanemura (read more about Kanemura on Page D1); he'll host his public birthday party, a charity fundraiser for the Aloha United Way and Project Shine, July 25 at Chai's.
LARRIN AND SANTOS REUNITE: Multi-Hoku Award winners Jay Larrin, second from left, and Jerry Santos, holding guitar, re-created the magic of their 1983 album, "Don't Let the Song Go Out of Your Life," in a one-night reunion Thursday at the Waikiki Aquarium. The duo capped a delightful show with a final song from the album, "Winner's Song." Hawaiian 105 KINE deejay Bruddah Wade, left, emceed, while A-Ron helped with logistical support.