On the Scene

John Berger

RETURN OF THE MARTI: Marti "The Marti" Kerton evoked memories of her days with Hat Makes The Man as she joined Zanuck Kapala Lindsey, center, and Bobo Butires for Lindsey's weekly Z.TV/"Chill at the Grill" showcase at Diamond Head Grill on July 22. Lloyd Kandell, Laura Bach Buzzell, and veteran rock drummer "Loud Larry" Lieberman were among the friends who stopped by for The Marti's one-nighter. Guitarists Robert Shinoda and Jimmy Funai will guest Aug. 5.

GIORGIO'S BACK!:Giorgio Teye, front, joined Matty "Matty Boy"Hazelgrove and Longhi's manager Mary Ann Bowman at the first anniversary party for Longhi's Ala Moana on Saturday. Teye, who pioneered the nightclub party concept in Honolulu, was the promoter of the upscale club event, and Longhi's hosted drinks and hors d'oeuvres for the first hour of the party.

"IT'S ABOUT IONS!": Longhi's founder Bob Longhi and corporate publicist DeBorah Hoopingarner, welcomed Marti "The Marti" Kerton and "Loud Larry"Lieberman to the anniversary party. Longhi said that "negative ions" are the key to a successful restaurant. The proof of that is found on Maui where Longhi's has been a hit for more than 27 years in Lahaina.

HANGIN' AT LONGHI'S:Tiffany Pestana enjoyed the party with Peter Maharaj, left, "North Shore" star Jason Momoa, Longhi's owner/GMCharlie Longhi and "Hawaii" star Eric Balfour. Momoa had dinner at Longhi's before the partying got serious. He was gracious with fans and female admirers, but had to take an elevator to ground level just to enjoy a cigarette.

CALL HIM "KIMO":Danny Kaleikini, right, gave James Ingram, center, a hand-woven "Papakolea hat" and dubbed him "Kimo" after Ingram sang "Come and Join Us" and "Somewhere Out There" at Roy Sakuma's ukulele festival at Kapiolani Park on Sunday. Ingram met Sakuma in 1993, and this was his fourth performance at the festival. He closed with "Just Once."

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John Berger has covered the local
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