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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMFEST KICKS OFF | 1. Film producer/director Laurens Grant, center, was guest of honor at the opening-night reception for the second annual Honolulu African American Film Festival on Feb. 16 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Festival board members Daphne Barbee-Wooten, left, Tadia Rice, John Henry Nichols and Sharon Thomas Yarbrough, dressed for the night's Jazz Age theme, talked with Grant before the Hawaii premiere of her film "Jesse Owens," a documentary on the famed track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'RAPUNZEL' A WINNER AT PALIKU THEATRE | 5. Zenia Zambrano Moura (Zaza) and Leonard Villanueva (Socrates) came out in costume to meet the audience after the final Saturday matinee performance of "Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale" Feb. 16 at Paliku Theatre. Moura was a hoot as the comic villain of the story, while Villanueva showed his range as an actor playing a sensitive but bewitched dragon.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A FASHIONABLE FETE FOR MISS HAWAII USA | 4. Fashion designer Danene Lunn, president of Manuheali'i designs, standing left, and her husband, Manuheali'i Vice President Pono Lunn, standing right, were among the guests when Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu threw a party for Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta on Feb. 23 at his Maunalani Heights residence. Acosta will be wearing Manuheali'i designs at her many public appearances between now and the Miss USA Pageant in June.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ALAN JACKSON ROCKS THE BLAISDELL | 3. Country music superstar Alan Jackson, center, talked with country music fans Matt and Kate Taylor at a backstage meet-and-greet shortly before taking the stage for his long-awaited concert Feb. 24 at the Blaisdell Arena. Jackson rocked the venue for more than 90 minutes. See my review at www.honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Festival board member Sandra Simms welcomed Andre Wooten, left, and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson to the reception. Jefferson is one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American aviators who served with distinction in America's racially segregated armed forces during World War II.