JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM SUNDAYBRUNCH AT MORIMOTO |1. Amei Chen, left, Kyle Mitsumori, Janet Chamberlin, Peter Rockford Espiritu and Ashley Allen checked out the midday Sunday Brunch scene April 17 at Morimoto Waikiki. Bloody Marys are the main attraction at this monthly event; a special Bloody Mary bar offers an almost unlimited number of variations — many more than a responsible drinker could enjoy in a single afternoon. The next Morimoto Sunday Brunch/Bloody Mary party is scheduled for May 15.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM CYRIL CELEBRATES HIS 61st | 4. Slack-key master Cyril Pahinui, center, was congratulated by Chino Montero, left, and Nathan Nahinu as he celebrated his 61st birthday April 20 at the Kani Ka Pila Grille. One of the highlights of the evening came when Pahinui shared the story of how he visited Waipio Valley. He followed the story by paying homage to the waterfalls and his father's legacy with a soulful rendition of "Hi‘ilawe."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "MIRACLE WORKER" AT TAG | 5. Cast member S. Rick Crump, left, welcomed veteran actor Sam Polson to the opening night reception for "The Miracle Worker" April 22 at the Actors Group Theatre in Iwilei. Crump's role consists of a few lines in the first scene; he spends the rest of the show helping out backstage. Polson is looking forward to TAG's production of "Harvey" next season — it'll be the fourth time he's played Elwood P. Dowd.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Restaurant manager Antonio Rocha assisted the cocktail servers in delivering deluxe custom-mixed Bloody Marys.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Party master/event promoter Justin Yoshino enjoyed a mimosa (champagne and chilled orange juice) as he surveyed the room with Crystal Pancipanci, left, and Miss Hawaii USA 2007 Chanel Wise at the sushi bar. With a disc jockey and saxophonist playing progressive club music, the brunch had a distinct nightclub feel despite the early hour, and turned out to be more about beverages than eggs Benedict or sushi.