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Ben Wood

Saturday, January 8, 2005

Isle eateries, performers
book benefit for tsunami

Leading isle restaurants, chefs, beverage distributors, hotels and entertainers will take part in a fund-raiser for tsunami victims Monday at Aloha Tower. Food and drink booths, running from Chai's to Kapono's, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Music starts at 6. Tickets are $60 at Chai's, all deductible as everything is donated by participants. All proceeds go to the Red Cross Hawaii Chapter. Pitching in are: Chai's, Alan Wong's, Roy's, 3660, Hy's, Sansei, Mariposa, Bistro, Side Street Inn, Hilton Village, Donato's, Le Bistro, Nori's, Duke's, Gordon Biersch, Diamond Head Grill, Olino Events, Singa Thai, Keo's and Hawaii Prince. Kapono, The Caz, Jerry Santos, Maunalua, Na Palapalai, Jake Shimabukuro and Hapa will entertain. Donating beverages are: Southern Wine and Spirits, Fine Wine Imports, Better Brands, Chambers and Chambers and Hawaiian Isle Water. Call Chai Chaowasaree at 585-0011 or 330-0279, for more info ...

Town and Country's Travel magazine devotes eight pages in its Winter issue to privately owned luxury houses to rent on Big Island Kohala Coast resort properties. A full-page photo of surfer and model Malia Jones, at an estate on Four Seasons' Hualalai Resort, is a way to lead off the Hawaiian Hideaways spread. Other properties featured with homes for rent are Mauna Kea and Kona Village. Mauna Lani's bungalows and homes on the property, Hapuna Resort's four-bedroom "suite," and the oceanfront three-bedroom Presidential Villa at Hualalai are also included ...

Cruising with Roy and Georgia during the holidays

Former Hawaii Newspaper Guild chief Roy Kruse and wife Georgia, who now live in Vancouver, Wash., were home for the holidays. His daughter, Debbie Kruse, threw a party for them at her home. Frank and Virginia Steinmiller had a luncheon for them at Longhi's, with Hank and Bev McKeague and this columnist. We guys are all Roosevelt High and Stevenson Intermediate classmates. The Kruses looked at property here and may be ready to come home out of the cold ...

Rick Enos opened Compadres at Ward Centre 21 years ago this month when his kids' ages were 3, 6 and 9. Since then, all have graduated from college. Jeff is G.M. of Compadres Yountville in Napa, Scott is G.M. of Compadres Palo Alto and Lauren heads catering and special events for all Compadres ...

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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 bwood@starbulletin.com

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