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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'HAPPILY' DA BES' AT KENNEDY THEATRE | 1. "Happily Eva Afta" cast members Mark Ikenaga, left, Neil Furukawa, Zan Timtim, Devon Nekoba and Eddy Gudoy celebrated at Side Street Inn Kapahulu after the University of Hawaii revival production opened July 6 at Kennedy Theatre. Gudoy, Furukawa and Ikenaga are crowd-pleasers as three of Da Six Menehunes, and Timtim sizzles as the feistiest of Da Tree Fairies. Nekoba, one of "da narratahs" in previous shows, shows his strengths as a versatile comic actor, this time playing a princely kung fu fighter.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. Concert emcee and kazoo soloist Wally Amos, left, talked with Faye Kennedy, Jewel McDonald, John Henry Nichols and Sandra Simms inside the museum while the crowd enjoyed the music.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM BALTAZAR HEADLINES JAZZ CONCERT | 4. Jazz fan Mary Esther Correa talked with Gabe Baltazar while he took a break during the Hawai'i Friends of Civil Rights' jazz concert on July 6 at the Hawai'i State Art Museum. An overflow crowd filled the second-floor courtyard to capacity and spilled down the stairs to the sculpture garden for the free show featuring Baltazar sitting in with the Chuck James Trio. One of the early highlights was the quartet's rendition of "On Green Dolphin Street."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM NA PALAPALAI CD HITS BIG | 2. Na Palapalai -- Kuana Torres Kahele, left, and Ioane Burns -- performed as quartet with guest musicians Glenn Mayeda Jr. and Alan Akaka at the CD release party for their new album, "Ha'a," on July 2 at Chai's. It was a big week for Na Palapalai: By the time it was over, "Ha'a" had debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard World Music chart.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'HONU' DEBUTS AT THE ROYAL | 3. Writer-composer Johnson Enos, left, was congratulated by director Ron "Mr. Bright" Bright after the media preview of his new children's musical, "Honu by the Sea," on July 3 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Enos, a musical producer for Disney in recent years, credited his former high school teacher, Bright, for first whetting his interest in musical theater and helping him turn his life around.