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By Ben Wood

Saturday, June 19, 1999



Mihana’s gift is giving

Mug shot Mihana Souza, the walking whirlwind of Irmgard Aluli's Puamana group, turned 50 today and, as usual, she is showing her generosity. Everyone attending tonight's birthday party at her and husband Chuckie's Kailua home will donate $5 at the door. All of the money will go to the cancer society, Mihana said ... Puamana will be part of the big Honolulu Boy Choir's 25th anniversary show June 27 at the Hawaii Theatre. Other acts, besides the choir, include the Society of Seven, DisGuyz and the boy's Alumni Choir ...

The kid's a ballplayer

When Michele Gray Rundgren checked in at the Aloha Air counter on Kauai, the attendant said: "Rundgren, that's a famous name. Upgrade this lady to first class." Michele thought the attendant knew of her husband, singer-composer Todd Rundgren, or perhaps she even remembered her when she sang with the Tubes. Such thoughts were quashed when the attendant told a fellow worker that Rex Rundgren was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and that was good for an upgrade. Rex is Todd's son. The Mid-Pac senior was drafted in the 24th round by the Bosox. The Rundgrens have a home at Princeville ...

Manila Mayor Lito Atienza attended the Society of Seven show on his recent visit. The mayor and SOS leader Tony Ruivivar were classmates in Manila. "We sang in the same school rock 'n' roll combo," he said. He also dined with Corky Trinidad, the Star-Bulletin cartoonist, and Corky's wife, Hana. Atienza and his wife, Beng, were dancers in the Bayanihan Dance Company. Hana was one of the dancers and Corky was a staff member. Atienza lived here briefly in the '60s. he danced in the Pearl of the Orient company and helped train dancers. His roommate here was city employee Wayne Mendoza ...

Former isle resident Carla Beachcomber Lutz and husband, Jess Lutz, who travel the world, are visiting isle friends. They're at the Colony Surf until July 21 ... Seattle tight end Itula Mili, a former Kahuku and BYU star, married Melissa Giles of Utah on Memorial Day. Many of Mili's family members entertained at the party in the BYUH ballroom ...

Models will cruise up to the Kahala Mandarin's Plumeria Cafe in new S-type Jaguars for its luncheon fashion show Thursday. The Jags will be displayed along with the fashions ... The Honolulu Theatre for Youth's volunteer guild, Company of Friends, has a fashion show luncheon to benefit the HTY, July 25, at the Hawaii Prince. The friends need donations of goods and services for the silent auction and balloon raffle. Call the HTY, 839-9885, please ...

A Taste of Honolulu, the three-day food, wine and entertainment festival to benefit Easter Seals Hawaii, starts Friday on the Honolulu Civic Center grounds next to City Hall. The Drifters will sing at the fest Saturday at 6 and 9 p.m. ... Kincaid's is continuing its Great Alaska Seafood Festival through the first week of July ... Dixie Grill is extending its Crab Fest through June 30 ...

Melva May Ho, Roy Chong

Sad to learn of the deaths of Melva May Ho, Don Ho's wife, on June 2 and of Roy Chong, 81, on Wednesday. Melva May, a courageous woman, fought illness for years. Chong was the much respected head of the Oahu Interscholastic Association officials for more than three decades. He was an Iolani halfback in the '30s and his sons, Elroy and Armand, starred at quarterback for Iolani and in college. My condolences to the Ho and Chong families ...



Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of
people, places and things every Saturday.
His columns appear online every Monday.





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