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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. Cha Thompson, left, caught up with recently wedded Carolyn Berry and Dave Wilson. (The wedding was Aug. 11 in South Carolina.) Thompson joked that she has so many grandchildren that to get something for each of them, she'd almost have to buy out the store.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. Slack key virtuoso Jeff Peterson, left, a member of Hanaiali‘i's band, talked with Kuana Torres Kahele before the program started. Kahele's next project, a Christmas album titled "Hilo for the Holidays," is due out before the end of the month and looks like the big local Christmas release for 2012.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM HANAIALI‘I CELEBRATES ‘GRANDDAUGHTER' AT HILO HATTIE | 3. Kimo Kahoano was the emcee when Amy Hanaiali‘i, right, celebrated the recent release of her new album, "My Father's Granddaughter," and the introduction of her keiki clothing line, with a "VIP CD Launch Event," Sept. 28 at the Hilo Hattie store on Nimitz Highway. Mountain Apple Co. president Leah Bernstein, left, came for the party and did some shopping. Vaihiti Eckhart, second from the left, attended the party as the guest of Hanaiali‘i's daughter, Madeline Austin, who is pictured on the album cover and also co-wrote a song for the project.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. International artist Gary Hostallero, left, talked art with "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim. Hostallero, who creates his intricate works using needles, sandpaper and "a really stiff brush," donated three prints for the silent auction. He lives in Arizona and says watching "Five-0" each week helps him feel closer to Hawaii.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM FROM ‘BLANK' TO ART IN KAKAAKO | 1. Contemporary artists Jeffery Gress, left, Kamea Hadar, Jasper Wong, Roxanne Ortiz and Matthew Ortiz took a well-deserved breather after completing a multilevel live art installation at "Blank Canvas," a food and fine arts fundraiser for Pow Wow Hawai‘i, Oct. 6 at The Warehouse on Auahi Street in Kakaako. The five artists created their version of a classic portrait of Marilyn Monroe on the Ewa wall of The Warehouse in a matter of minutes while many in the crowd captured the event on iPhones. Proceeds from "Blank Canvas" fund the group's art outreach and educational programs in Honolulu.