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Attorney Michael Green joins family acting tradition

By Ben Wood

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Who does "Hawaii Five-0" call when it needs a lawyer? Michael Green, that's who. But the high-profile attorney is not called for legal services; Mike is called to play a lawyer on the show. He will make his second appearance in the series in late November. His daughter Liana Green Wright also has appeared on the CBS series, shown at 9 p.m. Mondays on KGMB. Acting is a family thing for the Greens. Mike's wife, Estelle, had roles in four pictures filmed here: "Hawaii," "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and Elvis' "Blue Hawaii" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style." She also appeared in the original "Five-0." The Greens' son, Ariston Green, was in nine "Lost" episodes. Another Green daughter, Lani Jennings, appears regularly as the fruit stand owner in "Last Resort," shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays on KITV. …

ARRIVING IN town from Vegas for the Alfred Shaheen fashion exhibit, which runs Nov. 10-Feb. 4 at Bishop Museum, is Mirriam Olds, whose grandparents Mary and George Shaheen started the business in the late 1930s as Shaheen's of Hono­lulu. Their son, Alfred, developed the business into the success it became, she said. A fashion show will be presented Nov. 17. Mirriam said Beverly Noa was the first Shaheen model and will be an honored guest. … It was a busy checkout line at City Mill in Iwilei, so Steven Ai stopped at the cashiers' counter to assist. He was approached by a customer with a question and left the cash registers to walk the woman to the shelves that held what she was seeking. Cashier May Koba­shi­gawa said the company president and CEO always steps in when help is needed. "That's the way he is." …

PIANIST Kit Samson is back in action with his group. His next major gig will be for Kama­‘aina Christmas Dec. 8 at the Hono­lulu Museum of Art. Working with pianist-keyboarder Kit will be singers Starr Kalahiki and Charles de Gala, Steve Jones on bass, Aaron Aranita on sax and flute, drummer Peter Factora and percussionist Alan Suzuki. Kit's bands have dished up enjoyable past and present music for decades. … Imaikalani Young has a new band. "I have put a new group together and have gone back to my Hawaiian roots," he said. "The group is called Imaikalani, which means The Heavens Resound." Imai is on bass;Glenn Fujihara and Gavin Miyashita, ukulele; DarrellComat, guitar; and Paul Kim, steel guitar. Imai can blend delicious four-part vocal harmony. …

A GROUP of a dozen friends helped me celebrate at Michel's Oct. 25, the day before my 81st birthday. We enjoyed excellent food and service and the music of guitarist Jeff Peterson. Jeff joined our long table and said he has received worldwide recognition for songs he wrote and played in "The Descendants," and especially for the one included on the soundtrack, "Hawaiian Skies." "Guitarists from all over the world have been getting in touch with me since the soundtrack was released to get the music to ‘Hawaiian Skies.' I have written the music score out in standard notation and guitar tablature.I have received hundreds of emails from places around the globe, including Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, South America and India. I have sent music to all these places and am thrilled to know that slack-key guitar is now being played in new parts of the world and that the tradition is being appreciated due to the film." …

HALEKULANI'S House Without a Key is a must during my birthday week. Pookela — made up of Greg Sardinha, steel guitar; Chris Kamaka, bass; and Bubba Alimoot, guitar — played beautiful hapa-haole and Hawaiian songs for sunset. Standout hula dancer Kanoe Miller introduced me to the crowd, saying it was my 80th birthday instead of 81st. No problem, Kanoe, I'm ready to reverse the years one by one any time. …

Ben Wood, who sold newspapers on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things. Email him at bwood@staradvertiser.com.






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