Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story!
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM KASUALS STAR?IN?'70s NIGHTCLUB ENCORE AT ALA MOANA HOTEL | 1. '70s Nightclub Reunion promoter/producer Robin Kimura, center, congratulated Kasuals founding members Jesse Bais, left, Pat Palomo, Danny Perez and Frank Mendiola after their performance June 2 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Bais took the lead vocal on "Si Sirena" just like old times during the group's hourlong set. The band dedicated its encore, featuring two songs from its Hoku Award-winning album, to its late producer Frank Day.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘XANADU' CAST CELEBRATES OPENING NIGHT AT YOGURSTORY | 5. Diamond Head Theatre guest director/choreographer Tammy Colucci, second from left, relaxed with "Xanadu" cast members Drew Tandal, left, Daniel James Kunkel and Brittany Browning, and hair and makeup designer Friston Ho‘okano, at the opening-night cast party June 1 at Yogurstory. "Xanadu" is Ho‘okano's first time doing hair and makeup at DHT, and it is a fine showcase for him.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘KAMAU A‘E' BACK AT KUMU KAHUA | 4. Playwright Kalani Apio, left, chatted with cast member Charles Kupahu Timtim and director Wil T.K. Kahele after Kumu Kahua Theatre's revival production of "Kamau A‘e" opened May 31. Timtim's T-shirt promotes the fictional group that plays a prominent part in the story.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM VIPS HELP KICK OFF RAINBOW FILM FEST | 3. Festival director Brent Anbe, left, welcomed Frank Christian Marx, Anthony Meindl and Dr. Alvin Chan on May 31 to the VIP opening-night gala of the 23rd annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Berlin-based Marx was executive director, lead actor and co-writer of the closing-night film, "Men to Kiss." Meindl wrote, directed and starred in "Birds of a Feather," which made its world premiere at the festival June 2.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Willy Martin, second from left, caught up with "young Kasuals" Salvatore "Sal" DiAmore, left, and Mark DeMello, who joined the band after it came to Hawaii, and guest musician Mike Hartendorp, who was filling in for founding member Zach Flores. Martin, the Kasuals' sound man for most of the time the band was based in Hawaii, was emcee for the reunion show.