Stars came out for Jake Shimabukuro's Honoluau 

You might not expect to see a Confederate soldier and his lady friend waltz into a party in 2012, but it happened Saturday night at the Honoluau fête held at the Gaillard Auditorium in honor of Jake Shimabukuro. Coming from a Civil War-themed wedding, Heather Kilby and Jimmy Craven wanted so badly to see the concert that they didn't even have a chance to change out of the hoop skirt and blue and grays.

What could top a confederate soldier? Oh, only the ever-so-gracious and, I'm sure he hates to hear this word but, precious, Jake Shimabukuro walking around the party — with his very own ukulele handler — to meet and talk with his adoring fans. Seriously, before he even says hello, you are overwhelmed by how sweet and nice he is. He puts you under a spell, and genuine or not, it made an impression on this girl — in fact, I'd go out on a limb and say most of the partygoers that he spoke with fell under his enchantment.

Who else would we encounter in the industrial space meets Hawaiian luau (thankfully with no leis) setting? Kyle Abraham (The Radio Show) was spotted chatting with his small entourage and Spoleto worker Megan Hadack — he seemed very at ease the night before a big show. And Esme Appleton and Suzanne Andrade (The Animals and the Children Took to the Streets) were chatting just outside of the cordoned-off Spoleto SCENE area.

I had little time to ponder the social caste system of the party as Guilt Ridden Troubadour started playing their second set. The 1927 crew had somehow managed to make their way to the stage to take over the dance floor, which in turn started the dance party. They were joined by about a dozen other brave two-stepping souls.

Shortly after, the party started to come to a close. The roasted pig had been picked pretty clean, the Hawaiian King Rolls had gotten stale, and the bar began to run out of drinks, ranging from liquor-flavored Italian Ice to the Icebox-created Raisin' Cane and Huckleberry Lemonade drinks. After a night full of surprises, we turned just in time to see a pig-tailed child, bleary-eyed and weary, make her way through the party, rubbing her eyes and yawning as if on cue to let everyone know it was time to go.


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