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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM HIFF VIPs PARTY AT SAM'S | 1. The Hawaii International Film Festival capped a busy week of film-related social events with an early evening pupu reception for filmmakers and delegates Oct. 22 at Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch & Crab. HIFF staffers Sean Shodahl, left, Monica Ivey and Joshua Nye joined Executive Director Chuck Boller in co-hosting the evening.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM KoALOHA: THE STORY CONTINUES | 5. Paul Okami, VP of KoAloha Inc., danced a hula at the private post-screening party for "My KoAloha Story," a warts-and-all documentary on the Okami ohana and KoAloha ukulele, Oct. 20 at the Willows. The Okami family, their employees and invited friends started the evening at Dole Cannery, where the film was shown as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival, then went cross-town for heavy pupu and entertainment by Okami, his brother, Alan Okami, and Herb Ohta Jr. The film is writer-director Gary San Angel's second look at the Okami family and their renowned ukulele. The first, an animated feature titled "The KoAloha Story," was released in 2008.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM CELEBRATING "SALT" AT THE WILLOWS | 4. Versatile vocalist Starr Kalahiki and her "musical accomplice," pianist Kit Ebersbach, celebrated the release of Kalahiki's first full-length solo album, "Salt," with a CD release party Oct. 20 at the Willows in Moiliili. The twosome were joined by Dean Taba (bass) and Tanui Tully (ukulele) as they presented songs from her album and an assortment of Hawaiian and hapa haole standards.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Director/screenwriter Prashant Bhargava, second from left, whose film "Patang" won HIFF's 2011 Golden Orchid Award for best narrative feature, shared a table with Corey Tong, left, David Gelb and Jeannette Paulson Hereniko. Gelb is the director of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," which also screened at HIFF this year. Hereniko founded HIFF in 1981 and was director of the festival for its first 15 years.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Celebrity photographer Kim Taylor Reece partied with Mika McKenney, left, and Tatiana Bollag until the food ran out and the wait staff shut down the drink stations.