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    LEI SHOWCASES GUESTS IN CD RELEASE CONCERT | 1. Brett Harwood, left, congratulated recording artist Kristian Lei, center, guest performers Tesz Millan, seated left, and Liza Yogi, and choreographer Philip Amer Kelley, after Lei's two-hour CD release concert, "On a Personal Note," March 9 at Leeward Community College. Harwood met Lei and Millan in Germany when he was involved in theater production and promotion there, and they were in the German production of "Miss Saigon."
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    IMAGINATIVE 'LA STRADA' AT UH | 5. Cast members Walt Gaines (Zampano), left, Josephine Calvo (Gelsomina) and Jeremy Roske (Il Matto) came out in character to meet the audience after the sold-out opening-night performance of "La Strada," an imaginative and unusual production in local theater, March 9 at the University of Hawaii's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Gaines and Roske gave riveting performances as itinerant circus performers whose masculine rivalry leads to tragedy.
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    CHAI CELEBRATES | 4. Celebrity chef Chai Chaowasaree, center, celebrated the recent opening of his new restaurant, Chef Chai, March 9 with a late-afternoon tasting party. Augie Tulba, left, daughter Mahea, who is Miss Hawaii Jr. High School 2013, Sanoe Hunt and Guy Sibilla were among the guests who sampled items from Chai's new menu.
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    3. Guitarist Daniel Padilla, left, and twin brother, violinist Duane Padilla, joined Mihana Souza, Lani Tanizaki and Courtney Pudiquet as they went out to meet the audience after the show.
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    2. Musical director Pierre Grill, center, talked backstage with Julius Mina, left, Shawn Thomsen, Mahi'ai Kekumu and Josh Smith after the show. Thomsen was Lei's comic co-star early in the show, and Broadway veteran Kekumu performed with her in a tribute to New York after intermission. Smith, the most impressive performer in the "Voices of the Future" number, will be going to New York later this year to pursue his dream of a career in theater.

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