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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM Po‘okela Award recipients Daniel Kunkel, left, Lisa Konove, Emmett Yoshioka, Mary Gutzi and Katherine L. Jones displayed their “Pokies” after the Hawaii State Theatre Council’s “Stars Night Out” dinner and award show Monday at the Ko‘olau Golf Club. Kunkel and Konove received two awards each — one for a role in a play and another for a role in a musical. Yoshioka was honored for his work as musical director of Diamond Head Theatre’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” Gutzi as a nonresident actor in DHT’s “Sunset Boulevard” and Jones for choreographing Manoa Valley Theatre’s production of “Honk!”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM Party guest Cathy Foy, right, reprised her role of Bloody Mary in the national touring company production of “South Pacific” when John Michael White, standing, hosted a party within a party at the Kahala Wine &?Food Festival on Aug. 18 at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. Yi Jin, left, and Qi Marie were among the other guests at White’s secluded table for 28 when Foy sang an a cappella rendition of “Bali Ha‘i.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2 Couture models Emma Wo, left, Pono Fernandez, Meshelle Hirashima, Brianna Acosta and Crystal Bell posed near the mural after the show.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Caroline Hee talked with Gov. Neil Abercrombie after the official unveiling of “King Kamehameha I?Uniting the Hawaiian Island Kingdom,” a 20-foot long, enamel-on-steel mural created in 1976 by her father, the late Hon Chew Hee, Aug. 18 in the Sculpture Garden at the Hawaii State Art Museum. The celebration of the artist’s work included a fashion show by 2 Couture designers Eric Eugene Kamakahia‘ai Chandler and The Artist Takeo followed by dinner. Guests received a commemorative print of Hon Chew Hee art.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM Alaura Ward congratulated Po‘okela winners Johnny Reed, left, and Leonard Villanueva. Both men were honored for their work in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Paliku Theatre. Ward, a prominent cast member in “August:?Osage County” and “Honk!” at MVT, leaves Hawaii this week for college in Oregon.