On The Scene
SAKUMA UKULELE FESTIVAL SUPERB:
Kathy and Roy Sakuma, center, with leis, chilled in the air-conditioned "green room" with several of the performers in Roy's 38th Annual Ukulele Festival July 27 at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Among highlights were sets by Bryan Tolentino, second from left, Holunape and the De Lima girls (Kalena, left, and Lilo) working with their proud father, Kelly "Kelly Boy" De Lima, right. (Their mom, Leolani, watched from the wings at the festival but will join Kelly and the girls on their next album.)
Filmmaker Gerard Elmore, left, shot backstage footage of Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta before the famed virtuoso took the stage and thrilled the crowd with his artistry. Elmore was there at Sakuma's request to document the festival, and he shot short interviews with the major artists as well as some of the performances. A public release on DVD would be a welcome memento of one of the biggest events of the year in local music.
James Hill, center, Canada's top ukulele soloist, had his custom-made G-String ukulele in hand as he caught up with Chris Kamaka, left, and Del Beazley. Hill, who plays G-String ukes exclusively, says he is still hearing about the time he was invited to a party here hosted by another manufacturer, thought it would be inappropriate to take his G-String ukulele to the event and then had to play one of the other company's instruments when the hosts called him up to sit in.
MICHAEL WILSON WELCOMED AT MORTON'S:
Michael Wilson, third from left, was the host and guest of honor at a "Best of the House" reception July 28 celebrating his appointment as general manager of Morton's the Steakhouse. Guests enjoyed Morton's new "Bar Bites" miniature steak sandwiches as they met Wilson, his daughter, Kylie, and wife, Donna, wearing leis. Loyal Morton's supporters Curtis Lim, left, Kathy Lim and Pat and Wayne Kano added their personal aloha.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. KLINK!:
Man-about-town Paul Klink celebrated his birthday with more than 100 friends and acquaintances July 28 at Rum Fire. The party began outside around Rum Fire's "fire pits," but so many people came to help Klink commemorate his big day that the crowd expanded into much of the main room as well. (The eye-catching mylar balloon was a gift from Michiko Shimamoto.)