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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM STYLISTICS?SHOW SRO AT BLAISDELL: Concert promoter “Uncle Tom” Moffatt, center, talked backstage with the Stylistics — Airrion Love, left, Herb Murrell, Harold Eban Brown and Jason Sharpe — before the group performed for a sold-out crowd Dec. 28 in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Moffatt celebrated his birthday Dec. 30. See my review of the concert at www.honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM HAWAII?POPS CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS: Hawaii Pops board member Carolyn Berry Wilson, left, congratulated Pops performers Jim Nabors, artistic director/performer Matt Catingub, Emma Veary and Amy Hanaiali‘i after the Pops’ Christmas concert, “It’s the Holiday Season,” played to a sold-out, seats-had-to-be-added audience Dec. 21 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “Silent Night,” sung by Veary and Nabors in what he described as “Hawaiian and Alabamian,” and “O Holy Night,” performed by Nabors and Veary with Hanaiali‘i as the third soloist, were highlights in an excellent production.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM JMW HOSTS A ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS EVE?PARTY’: Manabu Sakurai, home from California for the holidays, enjoyed the music of party pianist Aaron Aranita.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM JMW HOSTS A ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS EVE?PARTY’: Qi Marie, left, and island businessman John Michael White aka JMW?welcomed Dutchy Moffat, "Surfer Joe" Teipel and Miho Teipel to their 2013 Christmas Eve party in White’s downtown Honolulu residence. Guests enjoyed a luxurious buffet and joined White in singing several rounds of Christmas carols.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘YES, BOXING DAY IS A HOLIDAY!’: Eden-Lee Murray, left, and Vincent Green were suitably impressed by the bottle of wine that Virginia Jones and her daughter, Aralie Jones, brought to the Boxing Day party hosted by Murray and her husband, international editor and writers’ agent Roger Jellinek, Dec. 26 at their Windward Oahu residence. Boxing Day began in England when the nobles would “box” their Christmas dinner leftovers for distribution to the lower classes and evolved into a legal holiday celebrated with potluck parties in many parts of the Commonwealth. Virginia Jones, who is Canadian, joked with Green, who is English, about the hardship they shared having to work on a holiday.