Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, June 12, 1998

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
"Silverman" Johnny Gibney makes up to $200 a night on the
streets of Waikiki. Passers-by drop money into a cup in appreciation
for his mechanical man act. A painter/decorator/laborer from
Liverpool, England, Gibney has been working Waikiki in silver
clothes and make-up for about a year.

Waikiki, no cover

You could pay $25-plus-drinks at a Waikiki showroom,
or you could take in the street-level entertainment outside for
next to nothing. These nights, everything from the performance
art of the "Silvermen" to Beethoven played on steel drums, to
gospel Samoan-style is packed into a 100-yard strip between
the International Market Place and the Princess Kaiulani Hotel.
Musicians such as Frank Orrall, now of Poi Dog Pondering,
and Abra Moore got started on the streets of Waikiki,
and the tradition continues.

Photography by George F. Lee

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By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Sasha the bulldog, above, will pose for photos -- just leave
a tip with owner Tony Tarbers.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Bill DeVoss, right, solicits for souls at Kaiulani and Kalakaua.
He comes to Hawaii two or three times a year,
at his own expense, to preach.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
The multi-pierced Ra does hair wraps in front of the
International Market Place. When not out on the street, Ra is the
lead singer for the punk band Pissed Off Monks.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
No auditions necessary -- Joey Phelps drums with chopsticks
on a coffee can for tips along Kalakaua. He made
just 7 cents on this night.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Fetu Koke and the Pearl Harbor Samoan Assembly
of God celebrate gospel-style.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Sunny Sunn, right, was arrested several times for peddling
and other violations, until he won a $100,000 judgment against
the city and the police for violations of his civil rights.

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