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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM KAHULANUI SWINGS IN WITH DEBUT ALBUM, PARTY | 1. Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui brought its horn section as well as the "core four" when it celebrated the release of its debut album, "Hula Ku'i," with a pau hana CD release party Dec. 14 at Gordon Biersch. Saxophonist Jesse Snyder, center, joined the core four -- Duke Tatom, left, Tim Taylor, Pat Eskildsen and Lolena Naipo Jr. -- for a photo op shortly before the party started.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'HOT LAVA' HOLIDAY SHOW BY DON TIKI A SELLOUT SUCCESS | 4. Don Tiki keyboardist Ryoko Oka, center, talked with Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, a founding member of the Southern All Stars, and his wife, Hisako Sekiguchi, after Don Tiki's sold-out "Hot Lava Holiday Show" Dec. 15 at the Doris Duke Theatre.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'BOYS' OF MANOADNA HOST, STAR IN TOY DRIVE | 5. ManoaDNA -- Nick Kawakami, left, Alx Kawakami and Lloyd "Dad" Kawakami -- were the hosts and headliners Dec. 21 of "Boys and Their Toys," a toy and fundraising drive for the Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program, at Gordon Biersch. The trio capped the night with selections from its new limited-release CD and an epic 10-minute concert arrangement of "Lifetime Party."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM TAG CELEBRATES 'PILLOWMAN' OPENING | 3. Cast member Adam LeFebvre (Michal), center, was congratulated by artistic director Brad Powell, left, and director Troy M. Apostol on Dec. 14 at the opening-night post-show reception for The Actors' Group's production of "The Pillowman" in Iwilei. LeFebvre steals the show with his chillingly convincing portrayal of a mentally retarded serial killer. Apostol, who was "brilliant" as Michal when "The Pillowman" was presented at The ARTS at Marks Garage in 2006, does a superb job as the director of this production, bringing out the play's dark comic elements.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Grammy Award-winning record producer Charles Michael Brotman, left, talked backstage with horn section members Duncan Bamsey, Andrea Lundborg and Frank Musacchio, and celebrity emcee Kimo Kahoano, while one of the opening acts was playing.