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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM MAGIC FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS ST. FRANCIS | 1. Mega-magician John Hirokawa, left, talked with Jerry J. Correa Jr., president and CEO of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii; Cynthia Farias, chairwoman of the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii; and special guest Noel Okimoto after headlining "A Night of Magic & Miracles," a fundraiser for the foundation's community outreach programs, Feb. 10 in his Magic of Polynesia Showroom. Okimoto received a lifesaving kidney transplant at a St. Francis facility in 2006.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A PRIVATE 'PI' SCREENING AT WARD | 5. V.C. Chu, third from left, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, hosted a private screening of "Life of Pi," the Oscar-nominated 3-D movie by Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee, Feb. 2 at Consolidated Theatres Ward 16. Dante Carpenter, left, state Rep. Takashi Ohno and James Moriarty shared their impressions of the film after the screening.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM PICNIC CELEBRATES UKULELE | 4. Mike "Music Guy Mic" Aratani, left, talked with Joe Souza, master luthier of Kanile'a Ukulele, and Aldrine Guerrero, co-founder of Ukuleleunderground.com, in the Ukulele Site booth at the fifth annual 'Ukulele Picnic in Hawai'i on Feb. 10 at Kakaako Waterfront Park. The free event, produced by Kazuyuki Sekiguchi of the Southern All-Stars, presented a full day of music by ukulele players from Hawaii, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM DIRECTOR'S DEBUT IS GRIPPING THEATER | 3. Lavour Vernon Addison, left, an accomplished actor making a noteworthy debut as a director, relaxed with cast members Kaitlin Souza and Leon Sheen on Feb. 9 after their emotionally charged performance in "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" at the University of Hawaii's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Souza and Sheen did engaging work playing psychologically damaged people -- a self-hating single mother and a psychopathic truck driver -- seeking escape from their emotional traumas.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM COMEDIAN KOY ROCKS THE REPUBLIK | 2. Master comedian Jo Koy, center, talked backstage with Flash Hansen, left, and Aubry Boutin between shows Feb. 8 at The Republik. Koy sold out two shows so quickly that a last-minute "late show" was added. He went on shortly before midnight and entertained with a solid 90-minute set.