Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Nicole's dad will find out
who his bride will be Aug. 2

Nicole Okland's dad, Marty Okland, is the dad in the NBC reality show, "Who Wants to Marry My Dad," that has its final episode Aug. 2, on KHON2. Nicole and her sisters, Jennifer and Brooke, lived with 13 women who wanted to marry their dad for three weeks. They will choose one of the two remaining for their divorced dad in the two-hour finale. Nicole has lived here seven years, the only Okland family member who lives here. She works at the Royal Hawaiian's Mai Tai Bar while pursuing an acting career with Hipp Productions. She'll watch the final episode with friends at Dave & Busters ...

Sandra Bullock was spotted dining in Hoku's Monday night with "a cute guy," a female source reports. The "cute guy" was most likely tattooed Jesse James, a tough guy with whom she has been romantically linked. James is a custom motorcycle builder and appears on the Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage" ...

'Swingtime' recalls Hawaii's 'good old days'

"Hapa Haole Days -- Swingtime in Hawaii" on KHON2 Wednesday brought back fond memories of Honolulu's musical scene before, during and after World War II. Kirk Matthews, Abe Weinstein, Dana Fujikake and Keoni Fernandez did an fine job of putting the show together, using film clips and photos and having people such as Gabe Baltazar and Genoa Keawe talk about those days. The show will be rerun by KHON2 tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. It's a winner ...

Michael Titterton, president of Hawaii Public Radio, will marry artist Madeleine McKay Aug. 7. Madeleine, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the widow of actor Gardner McKay. Michael was born in London ... The Hula Grill Waikiki, oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, is holding its grand opening Friday ...

Many people were surprised to learn that Coldwell Banker's social diva Margaret Murchie completed last Sunday's Tin Man Triathlon. Participants swim a half mile, bike 24 miles and run six miles. Others from the C.B. team who took part were Anne and Glenn Perry and Penny Bradley ... ARTafterDARK at the Academy of Arts Friday is headlined "Emerging Artists & Young Collectors Night." The Ned Flanders Quintet will play jazz and slack-key guitarist Michael Tannenbaum will perform. Snacks, wine and beer will be sold. Call Lori Admiral for info at 532-6091 ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at


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