Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, October 20, 2001

Injured Melveen sings,
takes aim at bin Laden

Melveen Leed, despite breaking her nose and suffering a fat lip from falling on her face Oct. 11, sang at the Royal's Monarch Room the following night and on Maui last Saturday. Melveen's head and face were covered by a large veil when she took the Monarch Room stage at the Sacred Hearts gala, which raised $75,000 for scholarships Oct. 12. "I represent the abused women of Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan," she stated. "But I have changed my allegiance to the greatest country." Then she whipped open the veil to reveal an American flag taped on her bruised face. Melveen is a riot. But it was not funny when she took that fall outside the Kahala Mandarin. Danny Kaleikini, Kimo Kahoano, Audrey Fu, Gail Harimoto and hotel G.M. Jan Goessing comforted her as she was being treated on the ground. "I almost passed out but what I was most worried about was if my underpants were showing," Melveen said. Seeing plastic surgeon Bob Schulz, she asked, "If I have to have surgery on my nose, can you do my boobs, too?" That's Melveen, folks ...

Take 6 takes over

Take 6 pumps out jazz, gospel, doo-wop and R&B Friday and next Saturday with the Honolulu Symphony Pops, 7:30 p.m., at the Concert Hall. Colón opens ... The San Francisco Ballet, with Hawaii's Amanda Schull, is at the Concert Hall tonight, 7:30 ... Harry Soria Jr. has Buddy Fo on his "Territorial Airways" show tomorrow on Hawaiian 105, KINE radio, 5 p.m. He'll talk about the Invitations, an isle group known for its marvelous harmony some 40 years ago ... Compadres owner Rick Enos is S.F. Giants clubhouse food caterer for Friday night home games. Rick is here and told people at Compadres about chatting with Barry Bonds Oct. 6 before he hit home runs 71 and 72 that tied and broke the record ...

Daryl Bonilla and Ida Anderson earned well-deserved applause as they acted out cases of sexual assault at a benefit luncheon for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Ruth's Chris Wednesday ... Lesley Cohron departed as Palomino bar manager and is off to California to join boyfriend Vance Alkire, a former isle firefighter now with Santa Rosa's Fire Department. Lesley said she did not "buy" him in the recent Palomino firefighter auction. Robert Ramsey is new bar manager. Cedric Lam-Ho is Palomino's dinner manager ...

Party time at Neiman

Guests munched on pupus, sipped wine and tasted cognacs at the Neiman Marcus InCircle party Thursday night. The Greg MacDonald Steel Drum Band performed during the day and in the evening it was Sky, with Sky Perkins, Kit Ebersbach, Horace Dudoit and Carlinhos de Oliveira; L'Escargot, with Pierre Grill and Gerard Lawson; and guitarist Winston Tan. Tania deJesus, Sydney Fasi and Aubrey Morgan modeled snazzy gowns and shoes. Ryan Spaice showed tuxes. Neiman execs Tom Lind and Al Tomonari kept an eye on things. Neiman introduced its Cartier Espa boutique last Saturday with a reception in the Precious Jewels Salon, managed by Anna Ming. Cartier's Marie Beriker and models displayed gems and watches and Kim Kaahanui sprayed Cartier fragrances. Annie MacLachlan sang French songs, backed by Pierre Grill on keyboard ...

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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