Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Brownings’ boat party
has top performers

When John Browning said there was going to be a party at the Waikiki Yacht Club to welcome his brother Bill's new $1.5 million-plus, 58-foot, double-hull motor yacht to Honolulu, I didn't know guests would be treated to a mini concert by Yvonne Elliman, Makana, the J. Michaels Band and Simplisity. Club manager Peter Dietrich and his crew put out loads of good food and drink for the large crowd. The boat was blessed by Kahu David "Kawika" Kahiapo. Conch shell blower Richard Likeke Bell and torch bearers Brian Yee and Lewellyn Lew were part of the ceremony. Ship pilots David Lyman and Kik's Hugho attended. Hugho, who celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday, is also a sign painter and painted the boat's name, Double Barrel, on the craft in 24K gold leaf. The boat's captain is Chip Tilton, who describes it as a luxury condo. It even has equipment to convert sea water into drinking water. The Brownings have much brotherly love. John has his own luxury boat. They are heirs to the Browning firearms company ...

Waianae girl makes good

Debra Rego, who grew up in Waianae, and her team of hair stylists started work with the "E.R." cast Thursday. Two episodes of the NBC hit show are being filmed here. Debra just wrapped "The Break," a surfing/cop-show pilot. She said that during "The Break" she had to make sure the wig for the stunt double stayed on during the surfing scenes. She said another Waianae product, Brian Keaulana, was in charge of water safety. Brian's brother, Rusty, was a surfer double. Debra, owner of Rego Styling, has been doing hair for film casts for 25 years. Among those whose hair she has run her fingers through are Tom Selleck, Jennifer Garner, Burt Reynolds, Dean Cain, Louise Fletcher, David Hasselhoff and Jason Mamoa ...

Former Roosevelt High football coach Jimmy Blaisdell is still going strong at 88, says his wife Molly in an e-mail from their Texas home. She said to tell his football boys that their coach is well and "still ornery as ever." She said that on March 28 they were hit broadside by a car. Their car was totaled but they were not hurt ...

Retired sumotori Konishiki (Salevaa Atisanoe) continues his "giving back to the people of Hawaii" philosophy by hosting a dinner for 12 at his new mansion in Maili for the Fundango silent auction. The May 8 event at the YWCA benefits Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network. The $65 ticket includes two drinks and dinner; call 535-7100 ...

Great Taste

Besides great food and drink, Leeward Community College's Taste of the Stars next Saturday offers silent auction items and fine music by Nueva Vida with singers Anita Hall and Glenn Medeiros. Emcee is Emme Tomimbang. Among bid items are dinner for four at the home of Martin Wyss; rounds of golf for three with Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi; cooking class for two with D.K. Kodama, and wine tasting for 10 with Chuck Furuya. There will be wine, beer and martini tents and 19 chefs will prepare food. Cost is $80, or $65 with an American Express card; call 455-0298 ... Sergio's marks its first anniversary next month with a special menu ...

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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