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  • JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A WORK NIGHT FOR WILL | 1. Alex Garcia, left, LaLaine Ka'ai, state Sen. Will Espero, Lance Kaneshiro and David "DVD" Rodriguez shared a table at the Hata Foundation Summer Mixer, a fundraiser for the foundation's haritable programs, at Tsunami Tuesday. The social event turned into a work night for Espero when several guests shared their concerns about Honolulu's controversial rail project. Espero supports the train as a necessary investment in the future and held his ground in defending it.
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    REICHEL SHOW TOPS HOTEL DEBUT | 4. Keali'i Reichel, center, played an intimate 30-minute show July 27 at the debut party for the newly renovated "Boutique Chic" DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel. Jerry Gibson, area vice president and managing director for Hilton Hawaii, left, and hotel GM Tom Herman were co-hosts of the event. They included a "Get Your Passport Stamped" game to ensure that their guests would check out the renovations -- $16 million worth -- before going for the open bar or hitting the chow line.
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    5. It became a night to remember for the hotel's event services manager, Katrina Villanueva, when she got a CD autographed by the performer after the show. He had closed with her all-time favorite Reichel song, "Kawaipunahele," and then returned to do "Manualeo" as the hana hou number.
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    "ETERNAL BEAUTY" AT LIK'S | 2. Gallery manager Rama Smith, left, was assisted by Derrick Fairbanks in introducing "Eternal Beauty," a new work by Australian photographer Peter Lik, with a wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception July 30 at the Lik Waikiki gallery on Lewers Street. (A portion of the "Eternal Beauty" can be seen behind Fairbanks.) Smith closed the evening with a drawing for other pieces of Lik's art.
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    "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL!" | 3. Paul Klink dressed for the occasion as he celebrated his birthday with Echo Gu July 30 at Restaurant Row. The party was invite-only for the first three hours, then went public at 10. Proceeds from a series of "jan ken po" games benefited the Lokahi Giving Project.

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