Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Emme helps Cupid's
arrow hit its mark

Cathy and Dr. Darrell Lee invited 90 friends to look over their new Hawaii Loa home and enjoy a champagne brunch Sunday. The luxury residence with waterfall and pool is located next to the multi-million-dollar home that Al Masini built. It has four suites and 5,800 square feet under roof. One of the Lees' Sunday guests was television personality Emme Tomimbang. Cathy ran a dating service and was interviewed on Emme's program about the service. Darrell saw the program, liked what he saw, and called Cathy. "He wanted to date me," Cathy said. She agreed to the date, which led to their marriage and their daughter, Nicki, age 3. Emme said she came to the party to see the house but mainly to see Nicki because she felt responsible for her coming into this world, Cathy said...

English in the spotlight

UH basketball star Carl English is featured in an excellent three-page story in the Feb. 10 Sports Illustrated. The piece includes a full page photo of the 6-foot-5 sharpshooter from Newfoundland and another of him and the homemade basket on the side of a roadway at his home where he practiced ... Gov. Linda Lingle made Glamour magazine this month. She is pictured with new women governors of Arizona and Kansas and is quoted as saying: "I used to be a journalist and I'd cover political meetings. I'd listen to the men and think, I can do a better job than that guy" ...

Polo player Alice Lombardo, owner of Beachcomber Realty, said yesterday she is up and walking and "recovering well" from eight hours of surgery at Kaiser on Wednesday ... Actor Branscombe Richmond and his wife, former Miss Hawaii Lei Maa, were in town earlier this week. They are building a home in Kula, Maui. Bran said he wanted to soak up some sun before heading back to rainy Los Angeles on Wednesday ... Meritage at Restaurant Row is holding a four-course wine dinner for $60 per person on Feb. 24, featuring flights of chardonnay from Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches. ...

Abe Weinstein says a Grammy winner and two Grammy nominees, to be named later, will appear in the 10th Hawaii International Jazz Festival July 18-19 in Honolulu and July 25-26 on Maui. To build interest, Abe will present Latin jazz and blues at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Studio Friday, and Broadway jazz at the Academy of Arts April 26. Besides Abe, other musicians performing with singer Keahi Conjugacion are Dan Del Negro, Rodney Perez and Ernie Provencher ...

Nancy Rocks!

Star-Bulletin staffer Nancy Christenson received an e-mail this week from a Hawaii fan named Eric, who proclaimed, "You are a genius! You ROCK!" But it wasn't for her copy-editing skills. Nancy, who's also a musician, has some of her songs on the Web site. The fan was praising her for her authentic pre-grunge, '80s rock sound. Alas, those songs sound that way because they actually were recorded in the '80s, when Nancy was fronting the all-girl rock band Pink Noise ...

The driver of the sleek maroon convertible Corvette with the license plate 2FST4U obviously has not met some of the women I know ...

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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