On the Scene

John Berger

T-M-T (Tom, MICHELE and TINO): Concert promoter Tom Moffatt, left, and Tino Ibach were backstage to congratulate Michelle Branch after her concert at the Waikiki Shell on Thursday (Ibach was the opening act). "Goodbye to You" and "Are You Happy Now?" were two highlights in Branch's 70-minute semi-acoustic set, but she was charming throughout. She switched over to electric keyboard for one song, but other than that it was just Branch and her guitar, with gal-pal Jessica Harp adding a second voice and guitar for much of the show. The two had great rapport. They took time to correct a recent report that they are called the Wreckers (a Canadian act owns that name).

HOT AND HOTT: "Play'd" hottie Shanelle Pacheco, left, and Star 101.9's Hudson Hott spent much of the evening downstairs promoting a sponsor's Volkswagen when IMF Visions presented a "Heaven and Hell" theme party at the Hanohano Room July 25. Pacheco says she wants to build on her current visibility on "Play'd." Hott was a celebrity emcee for "Heaven and Hell."

DRESSED FOR "HEAVEN AND HELL": DJ Maleko, left, and fashion designer Zana Tsutakawa, second from left, partied with "Hawaii" star Eric Balfour, Ruthanne Gibson and Claire Gelvin in the VIP area as "Heaven and Hell" got rolling in the Hanohano Room around 11 p.m. The lingerie fashion show lived up to expectations. Giveaways of sex-themed prizes entertained the recipients.

CLOTHES ON, CLOTHES OFF!: Lingerie model Tavia Perallon, right, stole the show modeling some very revealing items but covered up as soon at it was over. In contrast, actress/model Tiffany Pestana, left, said she shows less skin at the beach than she did in the angel costume she wore to the party. Jocelyn Fukuda opted to ignore the "Heaven and Hell" theme entirely.

NEXT STOP, PALM SPRINGS!: Mrs. Hawaii 2004 Leona Komine and her husband, Duane, right, enlisted Kimo Kahoano to emcee her fund-raising party at Rumours on Wednesday. It was a long day for Kahoano, who had gotten up very early that morning to host the morning show on Hawaiian 105 KINE. Komine goes to Palm Springs for the Mrs. America Pageant in September.

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