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On the Scene

For Sunday, January 9, 2011

By John Berger


DAZZLING NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY | 1. "Sparkle, Dazzle and Shine" was the theme for the evening as Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, center, welcomed Watters O. Martin Jr., left, Elizabeth Kawananakoa and Jeff and April Manson to the Alliata family New Year's Eve party at their Makiki Heights estate. Dialta, husband Prince Vittorio and their children — Yana, Azzurra, Fabrizio, Mirtilla and Allia — co-hosted the party and shared year-end cheer with several hundred guests. The evening included an informal buffet of Italian and local favorites ranging from fresh fruit to caviar, along with dancing on the lanai, legal pyrotechnics on the terrace and a great view of the aerial fireworks displays launched by residents of lower Makiki, Punchbowl and Papakolea. Martin got a lot of comments about his dramatic new hairstyle — he described it as his "Mafia look."
2. High-profile Honolulu actor-director Troy Apostol enjoyed the event with fellow actor Lacey Perrine Chu. Apostol had a great year in 2010 as an actor ("Hamlet," "Waiting for Godot," "Arms and the Man") and as a director ("Julius Caesar"), and says another staging of his ever-popular experimental production, "Femme Capulet," also known as "Shakespeare in a strip club," might be in the cards for 2011.
3. Oahu Publications board member Jeffrey Watanabe, left, talked story on the terrace with Quentin Kawananakoa. Among Alliata family New Year's Eve traditions is that each guest is given a plate to make a wish on and then throws the plate down a stairwell — if the plate breaks, you'll get your wish. Kawananakoa picked up a plate for himself and another for his wife.
4. Yoshi Kamo, consul general of Japan, attended the party with his wife, Etsuko, left, and daughter Yuko. Honolulu's diplomatic corps was also represented by Austrian consul J. Hans Strasser, who recalled that he'd come to Hawaii "for a year" 40 years ago and never left.
5. Cindy Eastman, left, and Carol Kawananakoa brought in 2011 wearing ever-fashionable black and eye-catching red. Kawananakoa said that when she was a schoolgirl she went by Carolyn — "When someone referred to me as 'Carol,' (my friends) knew they didn't know me" — but became Carol after she married "Dudie" (Edward A. Kawananakoa) in the '60s.

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