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A lifetime rich with memories, friendship

By Ben Wood

~~<p>The 2014 Hawai&lsquo;i Academy of Recording Arts lifetime achievement awards were presented Saturday at the Ala Moana Hotel in a luncheon program filled with music, warmth, lei and love. It was a tremendous honor for me to receive the award along with outstanding performers <strong>Cyril Pahinui</strong>, the late <strong>Israel Kamakawiwo</strong><strong>&lsquo;</strong><strong>ole</strong>, the late <strong>Iwalani Kahalewai</strong>, brothers <strong>Gary</strong> and the late <strong>Sam Aiko</strong>, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, which marked its 50th year.</p>
<p>Before the recipients were called to the stage by emcee <strong>Kimo Kahoano</strong> to say a few words, <strong>Marlene Sai</strong> presented each of us with a congratulatory resolution from the state Senate. After my remarks, <strong>Jimmy Borges</strong> sang &quot;Fly Me to the Moon&quot; for me. I cut a rug to the Sinatra arrangement, swinging it with <strong>Drea Kia</strong>. Jimmy followed with a version of &quot;Hello Dolly&quot; that started with: &quot;Hello Benny, well hello Benny. It's so nice to see you here where you belong. So many girls, Benny, all around, Benny, hormones raging, you're not aging, you're still going strong,&quot; and went on. The audience loved it; so did this 82-year-old geezer.</p>
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The 2014 Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts lifetime achievement awards were presented Saturday at the Ala Moana Hotel in a luncheon program filled with music, warmth, lei and love. It was a tremendous honor for me to receive the award along with outstanding performers Cyril Pahinui, the late Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the late Iwalani Kahalewai, brothers Gary and the late Sam Aiko, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, which marked its 50th year.

Before the recipients were called to the stage by emcee Kimo Kahoano to say a few words, Marlene Sai presented each of us with a congratulatory resolution from the state Senate. After my remarks, Jimmy Borges sang "Fly Me to the Moon" for me. I cut a rug to the Sinatra arrangement, swinging it with Drea Kia. Jimmy followed with a version of "Hello Dolly" that started with: "Hello Benny, well hello Benny. It's so nice to see you here where you belong. So many girls, Benny, all around, Benny, hormones raging, you're not aging, you're still going strong," and went on. The audience loved it; so did this 82-year-old geezer. Login for more...



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