JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM SAVING ISLAND ART 1. Bishop Museum President and CEO Tim Johns, left, joined Christy Hassell, Watters O. Martin Jr. and Mike Horikawa as they admired a mid-19th century painting of Washington Place at Bishop Museum's fifth Annual Adopt-A-Painting Dinner on Sept. 13 at Morton's The Steakhouse at Ala Moana. Proceeds from the evening fund restoration of vintage Hawaiian oil paintings in the museum's collection for future display. The Washington Place piece, painted by a now-unknown artist in the 1850s, was "adopted" for restoration before the party was over.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. Outrigger Reef Hotel manager Bill Comstock, second from left, caught up with Maunalua — Kahi Kaonohi, Richard Gideon and "Uncle Bobby" Moderow Jr. "Kalama'ula" was the highlight of the trio's onair set, but they continued after the broadcast ended with a beautiful "hana hou" rendition of "Lei Pikake."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. "Aloha Friday" emcee Bill "Billy V" Van Osdol, center, congratulated Kupaoa — Kellen Paik and Lihau Hannahs — after learning they had gotten married last month. Lihau is now Lihau Paik, but she said backstage she will probably perform as Lihau Hannahs Paik "so nobody will think we're brother and sister."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "BEAST" OPENS BIG! 2. "Beauty and the Beast" cast members Nathaniel Hackmann (Gaston) and Christopher Spencer (Maurice) celebrated backstage after the opening-night performance received a standing ovation Tuesday in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Hackmann is superb in all respects as the terminally conceited villain of the fairy tale love story. For more photos, see tgif.staradvertiser.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM FRIDAY AT THE GRILLE 3. Carrie Wedemeyer talked backstage with Manoa DNA — Lloyd Kawakami, left, and his sons, Alex and Nick — after the trio opened Hawaiian 105 KINE's "Aloha Friday Luncheon Show" Sept. 17 at the Kani Ka Pila Grille. Wedemeyer capped a series of special events celebrating her birthday with "Aloha Friday" at the Grille and the music of Manoa DNA.