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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "HAIRSPRAY" HOT AT DHT | 1. Diamond Head Theatre Artistic Director John Rampage, second from left, congratulated "Hairspray" cast members Brandi Firman (Shirley), left, Stacey Pulmano (Tracy Turnblad), Randl Ask (Edna Turnblad) and Brittany Browning (Shelley) at the opening-night cast party July 15 at Ryan's Grill.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM THE KOALOHA STORY CONTINUES | 5. Alvin "Pops" Okami, left, Pat Okami, Paul Okami, Alan Okami and filmmaker Gary San Angel welcomed guests to a private screening of "My KoAloha Story" July 13 at the Luana Hills Country Club. San Angel's warts-and-all documentary is his second film about the Okami ohana and the KoAloha Ukulele Co. For more on these events, visit honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A BUSY DAY FOR BRUCE | 3. Bruce Shimabukuro, left, was joined by his brother, Jake, at the CD release party for the former's new album, "Write Her a Song," July 17 at Gordon Biersch. The party was a "hana hou" for Bruce and Jake: Bruce had performed as Jake's guest at Roy Sakuma's 41st Annual Ukulele Festival earlier that day.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM UKULELE FESTIVAL AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT | 4. Kathy Sakuma talked backstage with Nicholas Kaleikini, left, Danny Kaleikini, Portuguese filmmaker Ivan Dias and Brazilian musician Henrique Cazes at the 41st Annual Ukulele Festival July 17 at Kapiolani Park. Ukulele players from Thailand, Korea, Italy, Australia and Japan were among the out-of-towners who performed. Dias and Cazes were here working on a documentary film, "Apanhei-Te Cavaquinho," about the ukulele and its predecessor instruments in Portugal.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "VIVE LA FETE NATIONALE!" | 2. John Michael White hosted a table for 20 at the Alliance Francaise Hawaii Bastille Day party July 14 at the Waialae Country Club. White's guests, including Val Moss, left, and Qi Marie, joined him in celebrating the holiday known in France as La Fete Nationale ("The National Celebration").