Friday - October 13, 2006
Angela Keen and husband
THE SOULFUL MELODIES of Theresa Bright and her Jazz Trio welcomed nearly a thousand supporters of Art and all that Jazz, a benefit for St. Francis Hospice last Friday at the Hawaii Convention Center. Crowds enjoyed the feel-good tunes while sizing up more than 80 unique items found in the silent auction. A framed collection of six fire department patches caught my eye - a crisp, colorful piece that featured different branches - and instantly, I found myself in the bidding war. While wading through the auction block, I talked story with Kim Taylor Reece and wife Kanoe, and found more company with fellow MidWeek columnist Linda Dela Cruz and KHNL morning news anchor Angela Keen and husband Norm Tabije.
Li Ann Uyeda, Kalani Zak and Margaret Jones at the
St. Francis Hospice fundraiser
In the crowd, I met event supporters Kalani Zak, LiAnn Uyeda and Margaret Jones, who all agreed we were there for a good cause ... Ballroom doors opened to a spectacular setting and a stellar line-up of entertainment led on stage by emcees Emme Tomimbang and Harry B. Soria. First up, a narrative and historic look at Marianne Cope and the Sisters of St. Francis, delivered by Marlene Sai with musical accompaniment by Sean Tiwanak - chickenskin and tears all the way. Next, Jeff Peterson (a mainstay at Michel’s) followed by a myriad of jazz with Derek Daniels, All That Jazz Dancers, Jan Brenner, Rocky Brown, Ginai, Anita Hall, Dita Holifield and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet ....
Shawn Hunt, Jenne Clipse and Matt Vitale after the
Pat Benatar/Pops concert
During dinner, conversation rolled easily among everyone at table 10 that included a variety of personalities in writer Anna Weaver, actor and photographer extraordinaire Christina Simpkins, teacher Tiare Agpaoa, film-maker Jerrette Kamaka and PR powers Cheryl Tamura and Nathan Hokama ... Oh, and as contemporary dance and show band eight0eight closed out the evening, I found out that I lost the bid on the patches to Bob Ozaki ... Just a few blocks away, fans of Pat Benatar rocked to an outstanding performance by the Hawaii resident who took the stage with husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo and the Honolulu Symphony Pops. Concert-goers Jenne Clipse, Matt Vitale and Shawn Hunt raved about their favorite ‘80s rock star who belted out some of her most popular hits.
Justin Brownfield, Cherith Tuzon, Kaci Shigemoto and
Seth Tuzon at Compadres
Love Is A Battlefield proved to be the perfect encore selection, although Hunt admitted that he missed Hit Me With Your Best Shot ... Folks hoping to hear music by Kalaeloa found the group had taken a break from its usual weekend gig at Compadres last weekend. Bartender Justin Brownfield assured me that they’d be back in a couple of weeks.
Patrons Cherith Tuzon, Seth Tuzon and Kaci Shigemoto might have missed Les Harris and Taz Vegas, but the three still found a little time to join Brownfield for late-night pau hana fun ...
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