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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM KAIAO WINS 'KA HIMENI 'ANA'
1. Executive producer Rick Towill, center, and special guest Ka'upena Wong, right, congratulated the members of Kaiao -- Liki Tavete, left, Ekolu Chang and Ku Souza -- after they won the 2013 Ka Himeni 'Ana singing competition Aug. 24 at Hawaii Theatre. Wong's a cappella rendition of "Hawaii in My Heart" was one of the highlights of the evening. See my review at www.honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM DALIRE OHANA MARKS HALAU'S 5-0
5. Kumu hula Aloha Dalire, third from left, and daughters Kaui, left, Kapua and Keola celebrated the 50th anniversary of Keolalaulani Halau 'Olapa O Laka with a nine-hour hoike and dinner party Aug. 24 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms. The celebration included performances by halau from Hawaii, Japan and California.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ROWAN SELLS OUT HPR SHOW
4. Bluegrass veteran Peter Rowan, center, talked backstage with Stephen Inglis, left, Atsuko Yasuda, Joanne Scott and concert promoter Kevan Scott after his intimate one-man show Aug. 23 at the Atherton Studio. The whole crowd sang along with Rowan on "Ruby Ridge," a catchy requiem for two family members killed by federal agents in the 1992 siege in Idaho, and again when he sang about the drug-runner pilots of the "Free Mexican Air Force."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM REMEMBERING CHANG APANA
3. Libert Landgraf talked with playwright Nancy P. Moss, left, and director Reiko Ho after Moss' play, "Will The Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?," opened to a sold-out house Aug. 22 at Kumu Kahua Theatre. Landgraf is the grandson of Chang Apana, the Honolulu police detective whose crime-busting exploits inspired novelist Earl Derr Biggers to create fictional Chinese detective Charlie Chan.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM PALI CELEBRATES NEW CD
2. Pali Ka'aihue, center, welcomed Ledward Ka'apana, left, and Kamakakehau Fernandez to the release party for his instrumental album, "All In," Aug. 21 at The Willows. Ka'apana closed the party with a beautiful falsetto rendition of "I Kona."