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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, September 9, 2000

Duc’s serves
a musical feast

DUC'S Bistro, a little gem in Chinatown, served up a feast of Hawaiian music and hula along with its culinary delights Thursday. Molokai Ranch cowboy Phil Stephens rode into town with his Mug shotguitar and joined his cousin, Mihana Souza, who has a Thursday-night gig at Duc's. Phil has a fine falsetto and his rendition of "Kalamaula" was a beaut. Hilo's Penny Kelii sang and danced. Momi Kama'u joined her. Penny bared her comic side and used two kitchen wisks instead of pu'ili split-bamboo on one hula. Kanoe Cazimero, who, with twin Roland, turned 50 on Wednesday, is still celebrating her birthday and warmed the crowd with her hula. Kanoe and Penny dancing to "Makee Ailana" was precious. Late in the night, Mihana, Kanoe and Penny harmonized for pals in the back room. Guitarist-singer John Harrison also performed ...

'Saving Grace' goes to pot

A WOMAN in her early 40s told me that "Saving Grace," which she saw with two other gal pals, was a laugh out loud, funny picture. So I checked out the British flick which has much to do with marijuana. Perhaps these women who enjoyed the film so much may have inhaled in earlier years and the picture brought back memories. No matter what, "Saving Grace" wins. Brenda Blethyn is excellent as a wealthy middle-aged wife, whose adulterous husband commits suicide because he has lost everything. Encouraged by her pot-smoking handyman, played well by Craig Ferguson, Blethyn grows marijuana to save her property. Her naive involvement with the drug, drug dealers and townspeople is a riot. Good show! ...

FERN Pietsch celebrated her 80th birthday Aug. 26 with about 50 friends. The gathering was organized by her daughter-in-law, Diana Wiley Pietsch, at the Makiki Heights home Diana shared with Fern's late son, Charlie Pietsch III. Diana still does her KHVH radio show Saturday mornings at 8 entitled, "50 Plus and Fabulous -- A Show About successful Aging." The part about successful aging could well apply to Fern ...

Best isle show-biz news in some time is that "Chicago" is coming to town and plays Oct. 17-29 at the Concert Hall. I saw this musical on Broadway last year and was thoroughly impressed. Don't miss it ... Wood craft lovers should not miss the Furniture and Woodworking show that opens today and runs through Sept. 17 at Aloha Tower ... La Pietra's newsletter, 2933 Poni Moi, won a Grand Gold Medal and a Gold Medal in the national Case Circle of Excellence Awards. La Pietra won the Grand and $1,000 for Independent School Periodicals and the second medal for Independent School Tabloids and Newsletters ...

MAYOR Jeremy Harris obviously doesn't forget people who have helped his campaign, such as gem designer Jany Cataldo. That's why he and wife, Ramona, showed up at Jany's home for a recent party thrown by Jany and her look-alike buddy, Amanda Abe. Former isle mortgage broker Erika parham Jorgenson flew in from Minnesota for the event and to pick up a diamond, pearl and white gold cross, designed by Jany ... "Jurassic Park III" star Sam Neill has been spotted at the Kahala Mandarin's Veranda ...

Zap, pow, wham! Go Warriors!

HOW about that great super hero, comic book style tabloid on UH football in Thursday's Star-Bulletin? Artist Kip Aoki, writer Paul Arnett, layout man Mike Rovner, copy editor George Steele and Sports Editor Cindy Luis all deserve praise. Go Warriors! ...

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.
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