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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTSER.COM ‘NA ALI‘I’ RULE AT BLAISDELL
1. It was a night of local comedy at its best when Na Ali‘i of Comedy — Mel Cabang, left, Frank De Lima, Andy Bumatai, Augie T and Ed Kaahea — entertained a standing-room-only crowd for more than 90 minutes March 31 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The Ali‘i held court backstage before the show, welcoming fans who’d bought VIP ticket packages and autographing souvenir posters, backstage passes and other mementos.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTSER.COM 5. DHT cast member Larry Paxton, left, celebrated opening night with musical director Megan Mount, co-directors/choreographers John Rampage and Deanna Luster, and fellow actor Scott Moura at the post-show cast party at Side Street Inn on Da Strip in Kapahulu.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTSER.COM O’MALLEY’S ‘WILCOX’S SHOT’ RESONATES AT KUMU KAHUA
3. Playwright Sean T.C. O’Malley, third from left, congratulated cast members Albert Ueligitone, left, Danielle Zalopany and Tony Nickelsen at the post-show reception for Kumu Kahua’s world-premiere production of “Wilcox’s Shot” March 29 at Kumu Kahua Theatre. The play is O’Malley’s third about Robert Wilcox, and it addresses issues that are still relevant to America — and to Native Hawaiians — a century after Wilcox went to Washington.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTSER.COM ‘TITANIC’SAILS AT DHT
4. Diamond Head Theatre board member Dr. John Magauran, left, was joined by Sheraton Waikiki GM Kelly Sanders as he admired an ice sculpture at the pre-show sponsors’ reception for “Titanic the Musical” March 30 at DHT. Sheraton was the caterer for the reception, and Sanders decided ice sculpture centerpieces would be an appropriate part of the Titanic-themed decor.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTSER.COM KAWAKAMI CELEBRATES CD RELEASE AT THE WILLOWS
2. Brad Kawakami, left, was the guest of honor at the CD release party for his debut album, “Kaohu,” March 29 at the Willows. Kawakami enjoyed the evening with Tiffany Bollinger, who sang with him on several songs on the album, and the album’s co-producers, Herb Ohta Jr. and D.J. Pratt, before he took the stage to entertain the audience.