On the Scene

By John Berger



CELEBRITIES GALORE: Kumu hula Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, dancing, was one of several celebs who performed Sunday as 'Ale'a celebrated the release of "Origins," the trio's perfect second album, with a four-hour party at Gordon Biersch Brewery. Jerry Santos, on stage, center, opened the show with an assist from Brian Tolentino, left, and Hoku Zuttermeister. The biggest surprise came when Justin sang "Ikona" during an early evening set with Jon Yamasato and percussionist Jon Porlas. Justin did a great job with it, and said before leaving with Makena Maduli that he'd like to sing more Hawaiian music.


KEIKI TIME: Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, right, greeted Leion Van Osdol and his mother, Sawako. Leion's dad, Bill "Billy V" Van Osdol of KCCN/FM100, was among radio personalities who attended. KINE's Frank B. Shaner and "The Real Ron O'Neil" (a k a Ron Klohs) of Oldies 107.9 also dropped by. Gilliom drew cheers when she joined "cuzzy wuzzy" Ernie Cruz Jr., Chino Montero and Jon Porlas for some Hawaiian and acoustic rock after sundown.


WILL THE CAP SURVIVE?: 'Ale'a guitarist Chad Takasugi sported a spiffy cap as he and partners Kale Hannahs, left, and Ryan "Gonzo" Gonzales enjoyed the party thrown by Lea Uehara and Kata Maduli. Well-wishers included Cyril Pahinui, Bobby Moderow, Peter Apo, and Kala'i Stern, who left 'Ale'a a year ago to pursue a successful career in local theater. Now about the hat: Takasugi said his girlfriend wanted him to get a haircut, but he'd dodged the issue (for the moment, anyway) by wearing a cap that matches the trio's beige trousers. Here's to the cap!

John Berger has covered the local
entertainment scene since 1972.

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