On The Scene
getting together . . . in style
STYLISTICS SUPERB AT 'SOUL JAM'
: "Uncle Tom" Moffatt, second from left, took Dody Viquelia backstage to meet the Stylistics -- Herb Murrell, left, Airron Love, Van Fields and Harold Brown -- moments before they took the stage for a superb 75-minute set as the headliners of Moffatt's "Best of the Soul Jam" July 20 in the Blaisdell Arena. Viquelia won front-row tickets by singing "I'm Stone in Love With You" a capella in a radio-station contest, and she was on her feet for almost the entire time that the Stylistics were on stage. The group's set included its first-ever charted song, "You're a Big Girl Now," which peaked at No. 73, as well as all its ever-popular Top 10 hits.
'PRESERVATION' ARTFUL THEATER:
Ginger M. Gohier and Tyler Tanabe came out to meet the audience after the matinee of "The Art of Preservation" Sunday at Kumu Kahua. They star as longtime acquaintances faced with the task of saving rare books in a flood-threatened library on Kauai (similarities to the Pflueger case are probably intentional). A scene where they dance on a big piece of vinyl sheeting adds visual comedy to a surprisingly substantial play. Call 536-4441.
WILLIE A WONDER AT ROOSEVELT BENEFIT:
Willie K, third from left, talked with state Sen. Brian Taniguchi (RHS '69), left, Randy Hiraki and Roosevelt High School Principal Ann Mahi at a school fundraiser Friday at the newly renovated Roosevelt Auditorium. Willie rocked the house with an amazing one-man show that included comic stories, celebrity impressions, slack key and a musical repertoire stretching from Hawaiian to Italian opera to Hebrew.
RHS benefit organizer Donna Walden, fourth from left, welcomed Jackie Takeshita, left, Carole Kai, Dr. Edison Miyawaki, Rick Blangiardi and Karen Chang to the pre-concert reception. Walden decided several years ago that if the state couldn't provide funding for overdue maintenance and repairs, it was up to parents, alumnae and other public-spirited citizens to raise the money themselves -- and so they have.
Bert T. Kobayashi Jr. (RHS '58), a leader in the school's recent fundraising campaigns, surveyed the party with Marie Milks (RHS '62), Sharon Brown, Lynn Madden (RHS '66) and Harriett Ishimine Kobayashi (RHS '57). The first big campaign helped restore the athletic field and the auditorium. Fundraising continues to support the school's music, sports and performing arts programs.