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  • JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM
    'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS | 1. Island businessman John Michael White and fiancee Qi Marie, right, celebrated the season with a Christmas Eve party at his penthouse residence in downtown Honolulu. Tomoko Ishikawa, left, Yi Jin and Rie Askey were among the festive group that enjoyed an international buffet, music by pianist Aaron Aranita and a performance by vocalist Cathy Foy.
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    CAZIMERO CLOSES AT CHAI'S | 5. Robert Cazimero, left, was joined by Chai Chaowasaree as he surveyed the sold-out crowd that awaited the final set of his closing-night performance Dec. 28 at Chai's Island Bistro. For more on Cazimero's delightful show, see my review at www.honolulupulse.com.
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    NO GLOVES REQUIRED AT BOXING DAY FEAST | 4. Eden-Lee Murray, left, Ramon Del Barrio and Shari Lynn shared the camaraderie of Boxing Day Dec. 26 at Murray's Windward Oahu residence. Boxing Day, observed in England and other parts of the British Commonwealth, dates to the time when the gentry would give boxes of leftover Christmas food to their servants and the poor. Murray and her husband, literary agent Roger Jellinek, observe Boxing Day in its modern form by hosting a potluck party in celebration of friends "who enrich our lives with friendship and creative adventures." They provide "Ye Olde Hamme" and ask guests to bring a "dish left over from your Christmas feast that you never want to see again!"
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    3. Arian Hasenpusch, left, and his mother, Kathy Stafford, met Haley Pancipanci, front, and her mother, stylist and fashion event promoter Crystal Pancipanci, by the Christmas tree. Hasenpusch was in town for the recent Don Tiki "Hot Lava Holiday Show" tribute to his father, the late Fritz "Da Fritz" Hasenpusch, who was known to Don Tiki fans as zany vocalist Delmar deWilde.
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    2. Former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, center, exchanged Christmas greetings with family law expert and author Brad Coates, left, and celebrity art photographer Kim Taylor Reece.

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