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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "LINSANITY" SCREENING SELLS OUT AT DOLE | 1. Producers Allen Lu, left, and Christopher Chen, director Evan Jackson Leong, producer Brian Yang and narrator Daniel Dae Kim were the guests of honor at the sold-out Hawaii premiere screening of "Linsanity," a documentary film about NBA star Jeremy Lin, April 11 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. The audience applauded several times, and laughed at all the appropriate spots, as the film chronicled Lin's lifetime pursuit of a career in the NBA and documented the role his Christian faith played in helping him through the bad times and reaching his goal.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "ALOHA LIVE" OPENS IN WAIKIKI | 5. Producer Cornell "Tuffy" Nicholas, center, welcomed Hawaii entertainment legend Jack Cione, left, and Derek Daniels to the opening of "Aloha Live," April 13 on the third floor pool deck of the Queen Kapiolani. Four Cirque de Soleil-caliber entertainers give the show its "wow!" factor while Vili "Vili the Warrior" Fehoko provides big-scale Polynesian soul.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. Panel members Jon de Mello, left, and Harry B. Soria Jr., talked about the project with PBS Hawaii Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker and Dirk Fukushima.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM "NA MELE NO KA OI" AT PBS HAWAII | 3. PBS panel moderator Keola Donaghy, third from left, compared his impressions with panel members Aaron J. Sala, left, Marlene Sai and Aaron Mahi after the advisory panel meeting for the PBS Hawaii "Na Mele No Ka Oi" music project April 13 at the PBS Hawaii studios in Manoa. A panel of 22 Hawaii music experts spent seven hours compiling a list of 60 "no ka oi" songs. The list will be cut to 10 by public vote and those songs selected will be recorded as part of a PBS Hawaii fundraiser campaign later this year.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM TAYLOR MARVELOUS AT THE BLAISDELL | 2. James Taylor talked backstage with Melissa Jackson, left, and her daughter, Kristin Jackson, after his sold-out concert April 13 at Blaisdell Arena. The Jacksons come from the same part of North Carolina that Taylor grew up in, and Kristin had some traditional Southern dishes from her restaurant, Kiss My Grits, delivered to him during his stay. For my review of Taylor's marvelous concert, go to www.honolulupulse.com.