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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "ALOHA BOB!"
1. Marie Payton, second from left, talked with Paula Jepas, Verge Jepas and Alfredo "Darth Vato" Villegas at the "celebration of life" for her husband, concert promoter Bob Payton, Jan. 25 at the Waikiki Elks Club. In his 40 years as an entertainment entrepreneur here, Payton, who died Jan. 10, presented a long list of concert artists ranging from Adam Ant to ZZTop. He also produced the two landmark albums by Ho'aikane -- "Bulletproof" and "Massive" -- that could have taken the group to a national mainstream audience.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM CHAO CROWNED
5. Narcissus Queen Diana Mei Hwa Chao, center, was the center of attention at the 64th Annual Narcissus Coronation Ball Jan. 26 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Pageant coordinator Michele Ching Choy, left, 2012 Narcissus Queen Tiffany Au, pageant adviser Leilani Keough and Ed Keough congratulated Chao before the ballroom doors opened. Gov. Neil Abercrombie presided at the formal coronation later in the evening.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM RAIN NO MATCH FOR LOVE
4. Heavy rain and flash-flood warnings didn't spoil the party as Carolyn Berry Wilson and David Wilson celebrated their wedding with more than 200 friends Jan. 27 aboard the USS Missouri. The wedding was Aug. 11 in South Carolina; they had a second reception here for friends who couldn't make the trip.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM AUSTRALIA DAY PARTY
3. Australian Consul-General Scott Dewar, left, welcomed retired Marine Lt. Gen. Hank Stackpole to a late-afternoon Australia Day party Jan. 26 at his East Oahu residence. The Australian national holiday commemorates the arrival of the first British settlers on Jan. 26, 1778, and the establishment of the colony of New South Wales.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM MEMORABLE THEATER
2. Stu Hirayama, left, congratulated playwright Daniel Akiyama at the opening-night reception for his first full-length play, "A Cage of Fireflies," Jan. 24 at Kumu Kahua. Akiyama's story of three Okinawan-American sisters growing old in Honolulu moves with deceptive slowness at first but builds to a startling, deftly constructed conclusion.