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    KAMAE TRIBUTE STARTS WITH THE SONS | 1. Principal sponsor Wayne Pitluck, left, talked backstage with Eddie Kamae, center, Kamae's wife, Myrna, and Sons of Hawai'i members Mike Kaawa, second from left, and Analu Aina after Kamae and the Sons played at the opening-night reception of the Eddie Kamae Film Festival June 16 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The concert was followed by a buffet dinner and screening of Kamae's 2000 documentary, "The History of the Sons of Hawai'i," the first of his five films included in the festival.
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    EMKE ROCKS KAHALA MALL | 3. Proud dad (and sound man) Mark Santos, left, celebrated with EMKE -- Kira Santos, Ezri Santos, Mari Arakawa and Payton the Drummer -- after their one-hour "Keiki Day" concert June 16 at Kahala Mall. The quartet's three-song Journey medley closed the show with high-energy rock.
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    A FAMILY AFFAIR AT IGE'S | 5. "Brother Noland" Conjugacion, second from left, was the headliner as Freddy Von Paraz, right, presented the "Father's Day Celebration" June 17 at Ige's Restaurant in Aiea. Von Paraz's daughter, mono-monickered vocalist Daphne, opened the show with her dad playing keyboards and Beatle fan Benjamin "Uncle Ben" Juan on percussion. Von Paraz stayed on as Conjugacion's percussionist for a thoroughly entertaining main set that included "Pua Lane," "Big Ship" and a rousing sing-along rendition of "Coconut Girl."
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    FALSETTO STARS AT THE AQUARIUM | 4. Hoku Award-winning falsetto vocalists Kuana Torres Kahele, left, Darren Benitez and Mark Yamanaka conferred during intermission at the year's first "Ke Kani O Ke Kai" concert June 14 at the Waikiki Aquarium. Yamanaka joined Benitez for the final songs of the first half of the show, and Benitez and Yamanaka then joined headliner Kahele for the final songs of his set. The impromptu trio capped the night with a beautiful bilingual arrangement of "How Great Thou Art."
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    2. Festival guests Maenette K.P. Benham and Puakea Nogelmeier.

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