On the Scene
Angela Bromstad, center, president of NBC Universal Television Studios, celebrated with "Hawaii" cast members Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, left, Eric Balfour, Sharif Atkins and Peter Tuiasosopo at the VIP reception that followed the public world premiere of the new police drama on Sunday. Hundreds of guests joined the cast, crew, and network executives for a gala, fully catered, open-bar reception at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. The stars had a 5 a.m. Monday call, and interviews to do before they joined the festivities around 9, but only Ivan Sergei opted to skip the party and get some sleep. Invited guests received a dancing hula girl figurine as a souvenir.
Aya Sumika and Eric Balfour enjoyed the music of the Ka'ala Boys after a short presentation by "Hawaii" creator Jeff Easton. Easton, who is also executive producer of the show, introduced the cast members to the crowd and thanked them for helping bring his original concept to life. It was an especially big weekend for Balfour, who performed with his band, Fredabla, at Wave Waikiki on Saturday.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, left, danced with an unidentified woman, while Peter Tuiasosopo sat in with the Ka'ala Boys and sang lead vocals on "Mustang Sally." Who but Tagawa could rock out in getas? Jason Momoa dropped by later in the evening to give the cast his congratulations.
HIFF'S IN THE HOUSE:
Hawai'i International Film Festival executives Chuck Boller, left, Dana Forsberg, Jeff Portnoy and KBFD-TV general manager Jeff Chung, enjoyed the HIFF preview showing of "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War" at the Signature Dole Cannery on Tuesday. The Korean epic opens to the public today.
A BIG NIGHT FOR SHERRY:
Cast member Sherry Chock Wong, center, was congratulated by Athena Espania, left, and Shari Lynn at the opening night party for "My Way" at Manoa Valley Theatre on Wednesday. The show is Wong's biggest showcase yet in local theater and her best numbers are among the highlights.
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