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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 3, 2010

'Ka'iulani' star arrested at White House

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Q'orianka Kilcher

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Paul McCartney

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U.S. Park Police have identified a woman arrested for tying herself to a White House fence as actress Q'orianka Kilcher, star of the Hawai'i-filmed biopic "Princess Ka'iulani."

Authorities say the 20-year-old tied herself to the fence Tuesday and her 41-year-old mother, Saskia, poured a black substance over her.

They told officials they were protesting a visit by the president of Peru. Q'orianka Kilcher's father is a Peruvian Indian.

Park Police spokes-man Sgt. David Schlosser identified the mother, who's charged with defacing government property, and daughter, who's charged with disorderly conduct.

Kilcher's agent, Carlyne Grager, confirmed the arrests and said the actress is a strong supporter of indigenous populations around the world.

Kilcher also played Pocahontas in the 2005 film, "The New World."


If the first British invasion of the White House ended with the house afire, the latest had Barack and Michelle Obama and their kids bouncing in their seats at a tribute concert yesterday for former Beatle Paul McCartney.

The setting for the McCartney tribute was the ornate East Room, chandeliers overhead, George and Martha Washington portraits on the walls and an all-star lineup cranking out some of McCartney's greatest hits.

Stevie Wonder had the Obamas clapping to "We Can Work It Out." The Jonas Brothers did "Baby You Can Drive My Car." And Faith Hill stroked "Long and Winding Road."

The 67-year-old McCartney, seated right next to President Obama for the concert, was there to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, awarded by the Library of Congress. He kicked things off with a rocking rendition of "Got To Get You Into My Life."

The Gershwin prize, awarded by the Library of Congress, is named for the songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose collections are housed at the library.


Michael Jackson's father and Gary, Ind., officials announced plans yesterday to move ahead with a long-delayed performing arts center to help revitalize the late singer's hometown, drawing cautious optimism from residents who say they've heard this song many times before.

Work on the $300 million museum and performing arts center could begin as early as next year, said Gary Mayor Rudy Clay, acknowledging this isn't the first time city officials have made promises about the project.

Jackson left Gary as a child and visited just once, in June 2003, to announce plans for the center. No details were given then about how the center would be paid for, and the financial plans were equally vague yesterday.

No progress was made on the project before Michael Jackson's death last year. His father, Joe Jackson, said yesterday that he's "just carrying out his legacy" by getting involved.