On the Scene

By John Berger

BRICKWOOD & FRIENDS + 1: Sheena Sakai hung out backstage with Brickwood Galuteria (in black) and musicians, from left, Gordon Alfapada, Imaikalani Young and Gregg Kaneaiakala at Gordon Biersch on Sunday. Brickwood & Friends opened the party celebrating the release of "Mali'o e," Kahua's debut album. John Valentine, Nan Asuncion, Ron Klohs, Chris Adair ("of the ship-driving Adairs"), Adam Suapaia and Randy "Unbelievable'' Hudnall were there too.

SAME PARTY, MUCH LATER: Celebrating, in the front row, from left, were Kimo Kahoano, Kata Maduli and Cyril Pahinui, joined in the back row, from left, by Bruce Spencer, Kahi Kaonohi, Sheena Sakai and Bobby Moderow Jr. Pahinui sat in with Kahua (he also played on the album; Maduli produced it). Spencer, Kaonohi and Moderow -- better known as Maunalua -- played a hot solo set that night. So did 'Ale'a.

AT THE HO'IKE: Ha'aheo Cockett and his father, Kawai Cockett, enjoyed a perfect afternoon of hula and Hawaiian music at Kawaikapuokalani Hewett's "Ho'ike 2002" on Saturday. Darlene Ahuna, 'Ale'a, the Lim Family and Olomana were featured guests. Hewett danced a hula or two with each and then closed the show with "Ka Pilina."

John Berger has covered the local
entertainment scene since 1972.

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