Thursday, May 22, 2008

On The Scene with John Berger

We've had the privilege of knowing John Berger since the high school days. Here's his column "On The Scene" from the Thursday, May 22, 2008 Honolulu Star Bulletin.

On The Scene
John Berger
Vol. 13, Issue 143 - Thursday, May 22, 2008

CANDLE TOPS REUNION IV: Robin Kimura, left, welcomed Glass Candle -- Bruce Imai, Bobby Gonzales, Kurt Kaminaka, Doug Rivera and Robert Shinoda -- moments before they headlined Kimura's '70s Nightclub Reunion IV May 10 at the Ala Moana Hotel. The oldies party was the first time in 33 years that Glass Candle had performed, and the overflow crowd got a great show as the five old-time members and a couple of young stand-ins played a 55-minute set of vintage 1974 hits. Imai and Gonzales shared duties on bass; Gonzales, Rivera and Kaminaka did most of the vocals; and the group summed it up perfectly with a blockbuster rendition of Edgar Winter's hit "Keep Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll."

Ann and Harry Gima dressed retro, although Harry said that he did not remember polyester making him sweat as much back in the '70s.

Wade Kuriowa, seated above, a founding member of New Experience, autographed a souvenir poster for Mary Perkins, left, and Linda Caracol as band members Macky Galbiso and Butchie Canencia looked on. May 10 was the first time in more than 30 years that New Experience played a reunion show. (Other New Experience members back for the night included Edwin Ramones and Rachel Gonzalez.) The '70s Nightclub Reunion V is set to rock the boat Feb. 28.

John Berger has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972. Contact him at


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