FOR the first time in Hawaii, the back cover of the Yellow Pages will feature advertising.
Attorney Ian L. Mattoch bought the ad space in the Verizon Hawaii directories for Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. No buyer could be confirmed for the Kauai Yellow Pages by deadline.
For his three ads, Mattoch chose artwork by Wendy Albios, Joyce Arizumi and Andrew Hiraoka.
The three are not famous local artists. They are brain and spinal cord injury patients at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, he said, and are in its art therapy program.
Mattoch said he wanted to acknowledge "these courageous people for their accomplishments and their inspi- rational art."
He said the art therapy program, funded by proceeds from the annual Louis Vuitton Golf Cup Tournament, has proven to be a successful tool in the recovery process.
The artwork will be unveiled Sunday at Rehab's "Joy of Food and Wine" fund-raiser at the Sheraton Waikiki. However, the cover page phone book art and identity of its creator won't be revealed until this summer, according to Verizon Hawaii Media Relations Manager Ann Nishida. The new phone books will be distributed in August.
A long distance callIn the course of researching a previous column item, TheBuzz stumbled across Relda Lagapa Enos, who relocated to Las Vegas with her family about 10 months ago. She works as a receptionist for Vestin Mortgage.
"I'm only 21 and we own our own home," she said, but "I miss poi, poke, and squid luau. Lomi salmon I can make, but up here they only have trout, and who wants to eat that?"
Enos teaches hula in her garage on Saturdays; her halau, Ho'ohia'ailani Hula Halau, is named after her 2-year old daughter. "It's good fun, I teach them small kine words, like 'pau' and 'kaukau.' Every week I type out a little lesson," Enos said.
Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
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