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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM MISS HAWAII USA CROWNED: Miss Hawaii USA 2014 Moani Hara, fourth from left, was congratulated by assistant pageant director Iris Ono, left, Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2014 Mariah Gosling, pageant emcee Maleko McDonald and Executive Director Alicia Michioka Jones, moments after she received her title and tiara Oct. 13 at The Modern Honolulu. Hara tied with fourth runner-up Shannon Dresser in the swimsuit category, won the evening gown competition and also received the hospitality award.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM HIFF WEEK?KICKOFF: HIFF staffer Anna Page greeted Italian writer/director Luca Barbareschi as he arrived for the Hawaii premiere of his new film, “Something Good,” Oct. 11 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Barbareschi also stars in this gripping tale of the clandestine multibillion-dollar business of selling spoiled, contaminated or adulterated food products.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘CONGRATULATIONS, DIALTA!’: Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, seated center, was surrounded by friends — including Elena Monorchio, left, Eden-Lee Murray and Jonathan Staub —?at the Honolulu book-signing party for her recently published memoir, “My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense,” Oct. 9 at the Pacific Club. The book — part romance, part thriller — combines the story of Dialta’s maternal grandparents, Ersila “Elsie” Beacci and Arthur Acton, and her family’s legal battle for their share of the Acton estate.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM HIFF WEEK?KICKOFF: Hawaii International Film Festival Executive Director Chuck Boller, left, welcomed entrepreneur Yue-Sai Kan, HIFF board member Kristen Chan and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to the opening reception of HIFF 2013 on Oct. 10 at the Halekulani. This year’s festival is Boller’s most elaborate yet, with 209 films from 42 countries and an additional schedule of panel discussions and social events.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM MISS HAWAII USA CROWNED: Pageant consultant and contestant chaperone Leilani Keough, center, caught up backstage with her longtime friends, Miss Hawaii 1992 Pam Kimura, left, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, Miss Hawaii USA board member Dr. Angela Pratt and Miss America 1992 Carolyn Sapp. Keough worked with all three of the pageant winners.