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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM WAIKIKI PARC CELEBRATES ITS 25th | 1. Halekulani Corp. Vice President (Branding) Patricia Tam, left, Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin and Waikiki Parc Hotel General Manager Julie Arigo surveyed the crowd at a reception commemorating the hotel's 25th anniversary Nov. 20 at Nobu Waikiki. Waiters carried trays filled with Nobu delicacies while costumed members of the Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre moved through the crowd interacting with guests. Each guest was given a shiny, uncirculated 2008 Hawaii quarter on arrival, the 25 cents representing the hotel's 25 years, so they could make a wish and toss the coin into a wishing pool. Many kept the collector's item and used another coin when making their wish.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM JAKE SELLS OUT HAWAII THEATRE | 4. Jake Shimabukuro, right, celebrated with his younger brother, Bruce "BS" Shimabukuro, after the sold-out "Jake Shimabukuro & Friends" concert Nov. 24 at the Hawaii Theatre. Jake featured almost all the songs from his new album, "Grand Ukulele," and included two longtime audience favorites, "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Bruce was excellent as one of the "friends." See my review of the concert at www.HonoluluPulse.com
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. Youthful ukulele player Ryoichi Ariyoshi, front, attended the concert with his father, Ryozo Ariyoshi, back left, and his grandparents, former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi and former first lady Jean Ariyoshi. Ryoichi studied ukulele with Jake during the summer and studied with Bruce more recently.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Halekulani Hotel G.M. Ulrich Krauer talked with mono-monickered singer Sunway after she and her band finished performing. Sunway's long-awaited CD, "I'm Here," was released last week.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Iona cast member Michelle Poppler gave an eye-catching performance as a character named Nirvana.