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Large crowd turns out for big show at Sacred Hearts gala


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POSTED: Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Sacred Hearts Academy's Ohana—alumnae, families and friends—turned out in droves for the school's scholarship fundraising gala and to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary Wednesday night at the Sheraton Waikiki. The school was founded 50 years after 10 Sisters of the Sacred Hearts came to Hawaii in 1859. About 960 guests applauded an evening filled with music and tributes to this year's distinguished honorees. Besides the Sisters, honorees were alums Sister Agnelle Ching, Elizabeth Chong and Ann Marie Kirk. Judging from the applause, Ann Marie was the crowd favorite, and she showed why in her lively, entertaining mahalo speech. Title sponsor Dr. Larry Tseu also was honored and gave a brief talk. Honorary chairs were Lee and June Webber. ; Bishop Larry Silva, Gov. Linda Lingle, Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Head of School Betty White and the school's board chairman, Michael Browning, spoke during the program, emceed by Carole Kai. Carole went to McKinley, but she said when noted voice teacher Neva Rego calls on you, you show up. Neva's outstanding entertainment lineup included Anita Hall, Jordan Segundo, Kawika Maguire, Marlene Sai, Les Caballos and Cathy Foy-Mahi. Neva and Cathy are Sacred Hearts girls and former distinguished honorees. Also deserving tribute is the school's Select Choir with their fresh, clean, young voices and the many polite students who guided people to their seats and assisted with the silent auction. Hannemann and Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona made the rounds from table to table, shaking hands. They could possibly find themselves running against each other for governor before too long ...

KAUAI golfer Miki Ueoka has been honored by another Catholic school. She is featured in the fall issue of Santa Clara University magazine. Coach Polly Schulz says Miki is “;the best women's golfer in SCU history.”; Right on, Miki ...

Michael Emerson, after winning a best supporting actor Emmy for his “;Lost”; role, will give the Honolulu Symphony a shot in the arm when he narrates Poulenc's musical tale, “;The Story of Babar,”; next Saturday at 8 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at Blaisdell Concert Hall ...

Happy 75th Birthday to Carolyn Berry and Candy Cassarno, two friends who are celebrating today ...

Matt Morrison, starring as the teacher in “;Glee,”; previously was in the “;South Pacific”; cast with Hawaii's Loretta Ables Sayre. He portrayed the pilot who was in love with the island girl. Morrison vacationed at the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Resort and Spa recently where he was welcomed by General Manager Rodney Ito ...

Randy Schoch is in town trying out the new Mediterranean menu at Romano's Macaroni Grill. Randy's Ruth's Chris Steak House Hawaii will celebrate its 20th anniversary at all five locations with a four-course wine dinner Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Ruth's private label wines from Langtry Estate & Vineyards will be served. Cost is $79.95 and reservations are required ...

Alan Wong's Pineapple Room at Macy's Ala Moana is marking its 10th anniversary Oct. 11 with a “;Renew”; celebration. The popular lunch and dinner spot underwent a “;restoration, with hints of plantation elegance reflected in a newly refreshed decor,”; according to Alan. Tickets for the stand-up pupu party, along with wine and beer, are $125. All proceeds will be donated to Hawaii's Plantation Village. Macy's is co-sponsoring the evening. Call 945-6573 for tickets ...