Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, July 21, 2001

Hirono is proud of two
artistic Kaimuki grads

The Academy of Arts was packed with 1,500 people for the opening of the Artists of Hawaii exhibition Wednesday night. "I love art," said Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono. She said her Kaimuki High classmate, Shuzo Uemoto, was one of the three featured artists and another Kaimuki grad, Paul Kodama, was also featured. "Two out of three isn't bad," she told the third featured artist, Franco Salmoiraghi. Eighty-five works by 75 artists are on view. Guests munched on chef Mike Nevin's food and sipped wine at the show. Smooth, light jazz was played by the Newtones -- Kit Ebersbach on keyboard, bassist Lee Humes and drummer Richie Bradt. Teresa Bright sang ... The photography of Laurie Callies of Baby Face Productions is on display at Diamond Head Theatre's gallery during the run of "Cinderella," which winds up tomorrow ...

Seeing folks from home

As the group was seated in Philadelphia's famous Victor restaurant, a waiter walks up and asks excitedly, "Are you the people from Hawaii?" They were. Turns out Jordan Shanahan, son of Mark and Sarah Shanahan of Kailua and a '95 Kalaheo grad, had just received his degree in voice and opera from Temple U. The baritone attended on full scholarship. It was Castle Theatre's Ron Bright who suggested that Jordan, while in high school, think about joining the chorus instead of playing trombone. Victor restaurant has served Italian food and opera for 70 years. All waiters must be operatic students or aspiring professionals. They sing for the dinner customers every 20 minutes. Jordan was terrific, according to the islanders. He was SO happy to hear he could have food sent from Zippy's ...

The Sheraton Moana is holding another Na Kupuna Night Friday, Aug. 3, with dinner seating along the veranda and the courtyard. Emcees are singer Bill Kaiwa and kumu hula Kahale Richardson ... Indigo's Glenn Chu and Dave and Mari Stewart held a first anniversary party for the eatery's Green Room last Saturday. Attending were Rick and Michelle Ralston, Barry and Nancy Wallace, Kali Watson and Judy Pavey, Al and Jane Sieverts, Cammy and Bill Maheras, Charlie and Patricia Meyer, David Booth, Brian Uy, and Tex Gaillard ...

Gina guards the door

Guests at Gina Shultz's Colony Surf apartment for Ruth Ann Becker's birthday lunch last Saturday were treated to a preview of Kristin Zambucka's new documentary on snow leopards. Helping Ruth Ann celebrate were: Patricia Zimmer, SuAnn Bamer, Jany Cataldo, Lisa Bos, Christie Weaver, Marion Heath, Jennifer Rose, Jeanne DeLamos and Carole Brooks, who arrived fashionably late. Ron Sorrell and Bill Baird delivered ginger blossoms for the party but did not get in to join all those women ...

Cheers to Conne Sutherland and Audrey Hyrne who had birthdays Thursday. At a pre-birthday session Tuesday at the Mariposa, Kimo Kahoano was asked what he was going to do for his fiancee Audrey's birthday. "I better plan something," he said. Glenn Stanford, Janet Chin and even bartender Karl Kimoto whole-heartedly agreed ... Don't forget Don Ho, his daughter, Hoku, and Iva Kinimaka with Emme Tomimbang on KGMB tonight at 6:30 ...

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

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