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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, May 20, 2000



Strasser keeps
family tie alive

Mug shot

GUESTS came from Asia, Australia and Europe for the May 12 Kahala Mandarin wedding of Daniel Strasser and Julianna Selopranoto. Daniel's dad, Hans, is a longtime hotel industry exec and is the Austrian consul here. His mother, Claire, is French, from Mauritius. The bride calls herself "ABC" -- Australian-born Chinese. On July 17, 2001, the couple will marry again in a church at Schloss Ort Im Traunsee in Austria at 10 a.m. This is the same date, time and place that Daniel's father and Uncle Kurt were married in a double wedding in 1966. It is also the same date, time and place where his grandfather and great-grandfather were married in 1938 and 1901, respectively. It is unknown when the historic church and Ort Castle were built, but the castle's name appeared in documents in the 10th century ...

Having a nifty ball

SYMPHONY Ball 2000 was a financial and artistic success last Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Honolulu Symphony musicians donated their time and talent, performing under Sam Wong's baton. Matt Catingub donated and arranged a smashing "Music of the Movies" segment with the symphony playing great music from classic pictures as film clips were shown. Gold Herringbone Productions produced the event at no charge and imported 30,000 gorgeous roses from Ecuador to decorate the ballroom. There were many others who made donations and contributions. Attendance was 851, up by about 250 from last year, pleasing hard-working chairwomen Dee Levy and Eleni Longwell. But next year, please start the dancing earlier ...

A/X Armani Exchange executives pulled off a coup and landed Keali'i Reichel to open the A/X at Ala Moana Center last weekend. The store was packed with fans who sang along with Reichel on his hits. Working with Reichel were singers Naomi Stephens and Lance winston, hula dancers Haunani Pascua and Lily Kon, and musicians Alan Villaren, Aiau Koa and Moses Kane. Composer Puakea Nogelmeier was in the wings singing and smiling ...

HELEN GILLESPIE, in charge of the Diamond Head Theatre garden where Wednesday night's DHT benefit gala took place, had been bothered by a tree stump near the grounds' entrance. So she got artist Jackie Mild-Lau to carve the DHT logo into the stump, making it a work of art. After the reception, guests took in "Phantom," starring Melissa Short and Larry Paxton. Preview goes say Short is terrific. The show runs through June 4 ... Hawaii Chanel boss Joyce Okano Reed was at the DHT gala with Sid Char. She had just returned from Tokyo where Chanel, with designer Karl Lagerfeld, put on its biggest-ever fashion show outside France. Chanel flew in 80 runway models and used 100 stationary models ...

Museum nets $300,000

THE Contemporary Museum's ConTempo, and ConTempoRARITIES exhibition and silent auction netted more than $300,000, topping all its previous fund-raising events ... Neiman Marcus Executive Chef Doug Lum has been named the store's manager of culinary services and will handle operations for the Mariposa Restaurant, Mermaid Bar and Espresso Bar ... Jimmy Borges and Shari Lynn sing Cole Porter June 9 at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with pianist Jim Howard and bassist Lyle Ritz ...



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.
E-mail him at bwood@starbulletin.com





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