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JOHN BERGER NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CASA DI ALLIATA
1. Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, center, welcomed Liz Kawananakoa and Peter Rockford Espiritu to the Alliata family New Year’s Eve party at her residence in Makiki Heights. Guests counted down the final three hours of 2013 with plates piled high with items from an international buffet, enjoyed assorted beverages and danced to electronic music programmed by Kawananakoa’s son, deejay Kincade Kawananakoa. As the final seconds of 2013 ticked away, Dialta gave each guest a plate and told them to make a wish and throw the plate down the flight of stairs at one end of the upper terrace. If the plate broke, the wish would come true. Each guest also received a copy of Dialta’s fascinating family memoir, “My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense,” as a memento of the evening.
JOHN BERGER Janet Chamberland, left, chatted with Christy Hassell, Joe White and Eleanor Kawananakoa as they awaited the new year on the upper terrace. Chamberland and Hassell discovered while talking about their childhoods that although their families lived on the Big Island at different times, they had lived in the same old house in Hilo.
JOHN BERGER Watters O. Martin Jr., left, shared a bench overlooking the upper terrace with former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Jean Ariyoshi and their son, Ryozo Ariyoshi. The former governor will receive the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council’s Paul S. Bachman award for his contributions to relations between the United States and its neighbors in Asia and the Pacific at the organization’s annual dinner Jan. 22 at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
JOHN BERGER Allia Alliata di Montereale, the youngest of the five Alliata children, greeted party guests Martin Rabbett, left, and Richard Chamberlain. The two had come over from Los Angeles for the celebration, and Rabbett said he misses Hawaii so much that he’s planning to buy a home here.
JOHN BERGER Christopher Matar, left, and his father, financial adviser Ash Matar, talked with party host Prince Vittorio Alliata di Montereale. The younger Matar said the matching father-and-son look was “strictly intentional.”