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On the Scene

For Sunday, May 8, 2011

By John Berger


CARING FOR KEIKI AT TRUMP WAIKIKI | 1. Mark Dacascos, second from left, and Kelly Hu, far right, were celebrity co-hosts for Save the Children's "Caring for Japan's Keiki" fundraiser April 30 at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. Party guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an intimate poolside concert by Hiroshima. Hotel PR director Liana Mulleitner, left, event coordinator Kimi Matar and hotel managing director Scott M. Ingwers welcomed Dacascos and Hu to the party.
2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser VP Dave Kennedy, left, and wife Fiona were greeted by cocktail-hour performer Kamuela Kahoano, who showed his versatility playing a selection of Hawaiian and hapa-haole standards rather than his original alt-rock repertoire.
'LEI OF STARS' AT THE ROYAL | 3. Inductee Keali'i Reichel, left, was congratulated by longtime friend and songwriter Puakea Nogelmeier as he reached his table at the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame's 2011 "Lei of Stars" luncheon May 1 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Reichel arrived with barely an hour's sleep. His halau, Halau Ke'alaokamaile, had taken top honors at the Merrie Monarch Festival the night before. In accepting the honor, Reichel expressed the hope that "at my ripe old age of 48, we will continue for a few more years."
4. One of the year's other inductees, kumu hula Pat Namaka Bacon, seated, shared her table with Ka'upena Wong, left, her daughter Dodie Brown, Mahi'ai Beamer and Gaye Beamer. Bacon, a revered cultural resource, told the audience that when she was put up for adoption after the death of her mother in 1920, adoptions of orphaned children were handled by the Hawaiian Humane Society.
5. The late Richard Kauhi was represented by his son, Richard Kauhi Jr., left; his sister, Juliette Kauhi Galuteria; his widow, Betty Rapoza Kauhi; and his nephew, state Sen. Brickwood Galuteria. Kauhi, an innovative pianist and arranger who challenged traditional perspectives on Hawaiian music in the late 1940s, was one of six people posthumously inducted this year.

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