JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'ALOHA, NANCY!' 1. Nancy Kwan received the Hawaii International Film Festival's Maverick Award for career achievement at the Hawaii premiere of "To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey." Kwan's film screened before a sold-out house Oct. 16 at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters. Kwan was congratulated by her husband, Norbert Meisel, left, HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller, HIFF President/Chairman Owen Ogawa, executive producer Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu and writer/director Brian Jamieson prior to the screening.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM CELEBRATING TIKIS 4. Philip S. Roberts, center, held an informal book-signing party-within-a-party when Michael Miller, left, and Bill Tobin celebrated the eighth anniversary of Tiki's Grill & Bar last Sunday at the Aston Waikiki. Roberts' book, "Waikiki Tiki," a colorful and thorough history of "tiki culture" in Hawaii, includes several pictures of the decor at Tiki's.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM BERG SHARES TIPS 5. "Battleship" director Peter Berg, center, shared some secrets of his success at a talk co-hosted by HIFF and the Film and Video Association of Hawaii Oct. 5 at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Chuck Boller, left, Angie Laprete, Kimi Matar and Anderson Le helped extricate him from the crowd when it was over.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ZHANG RETURNS 2. Korean journalist Sae Rom Shin, left, chatted with Chinese director Zhang Yimou at HIFF's opening night reception Oct. 14 at the Halekulani. Shin speaks Chinese as well as English and Korean, so she didn't need a translator to welcome Zhang back to Hawaii (he visited the isles for the first time in 1984).
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ZOMBIES ROCK AT ACT! 3. "Zombie Prom" composer Dana P. Rowe, center, joined Army Community Theatre cast members Madison Eror (Toffee) and Kyle Malis (Jonny), director Karen Meyer and musical director Daren Kimura as they enjoyed the opening night cast party Oct. 15 at ACT. Malis, who stars as "nuclear zombie" Jonny Warner, rides the motorcycle in the show.