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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘CAZIMERO CHRISTMAS’ A DOWNTOWN DELIGHT ?
‘CAZIMERO CHRISTMAS’ A DOWNTOWN DELIGHT ?
1. The Brothers Cazimero — Roland, left, and Robert, far right — celebrated backstage with special guests Lehua Kalima, Master Keiki Hula 2013 Luke Keoni Hunadi and Miss Keiki Hula 2013 Jeslei Ann Pavao after the final show of their 2013 Christmas production, “A Cazimero Christmas,” Dec. 15 at the Hawaii Theatre. Roland’s imaginative arrangements put several familiar tunes into refreshing new contexts, Hunadi earned applause and cheers for his energetic hula to “Na U‘i o Kaua‘i,” and Robert told the enthusiastic crowd that the Sunday show is always the best of the three. “The first (night) can’t go fast enough,” he said, “(but) we don’t want this one to pau.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ROCCO ROCKS WITH TOWER OF POWER
3. Concert promoter “Uncle Tom” Moffatt, center, talked backstage with Tower of Power founding members David Garibaldi (drums), left, Doc Kupka (baritone sax), Emilio Castillo (tenor sax) and Rocco Prestia (bass) before the group’s 75-minute concert Dec. 7 in the Blaisdell Arena. Prestia has not been performing with the group?this fall while he prepares for a kidney transplant, so the highlight of the show for old-time fans came when he walked out on stage and played bass on “You Got to Funkifize” and “This Time It’s Real.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ROYAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED
2. Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, left, was congratulated by Liz Kawananakoa, right, during an informal Champagne and pupu birthday party co-hosted by Liz and her husband, Quentin Kawananakoa, Dec. 7 aboard Quentin’s 79-foot sailing yacht, the SS Nepenthe, off West Oahu. Dialta had joked that she’s always wanted a horse for her birthday. April Mason, center, stood in for the horse.