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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM SLACK KEY AT THE MACC | 1. Slack-key guitarists Dennis Kamakahi, seated, Keale, standing left, Stephen Inglis, "Uncle Bobby" Moderow and 'Alani Yamauchi talked story in the backstage "green room" while some of the 12 other guitarists on the bill were on stage entertaining the crowd at the 22nd Annual Maui Hawaiian Slack Key Festival on June 23 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. George Kahumoku Jr. opened the festival at 1 p.m.; Kamakahi closed it as the sun was setting more than six hours later.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM O'SULLIVAN CELEBRATES CD RELEASE | 5. Duncan Osorio, left, opened and closed the party for guitarist Ian O'Sullivan, center, and producer Bailey Matsuda as they celebrated the release of O'Sullivan's debut album, "Born and Raised," June 28 at thirtyninehotel. O'Sullivan played several songs from his album but ended his set with a Hawaiian song from the '20s, "Radio Hula." Osorio then returned to the stage for a nuanced rendition of "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u." See my review of "Born and Raised" in today's "Island Mele" column on G3.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM TATAFU STARS IN "GODSPELL 2012" AT MVT | 4. Elitei Tatafu Jr. (Jesus) celebrated with Chelsey Jensen at the opening-night reception for Manoa Valley Theatre's production of "Godspell 2012" June 27. Tatafu's straightforward portrayal of Jesus as an earnest low-key everyman is a redemptive element amid the production's disruptive cavalcade of annoying antics, self-indulgent distractions and heavyhanded showbiz schtick.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Soft-spoken slack-key master George Kuo, left, signed a concert poster for Milton Lau, founder and producer of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival series. Lau will present the 31st Annual Oahu Hawaiian Slack Key Festival on Aug. 18 at Kapiolani Park.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. Kawika Kahiapo, seen here playing his guitar in the green room, received many compliments on his eye-catching aloha shirt.