Wood Craft
Ben Wood

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Aiea High grad
Matsukawa receives
AAJA Lifetime award

Seattle TV anchor and Aiea High grad Lori Matsukawa received the Lifetime Achievement Award last month from the Asian American Journalists Association at its national convention in Minnesota. The award recognizes an Asian-American who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism. Lori won the Miss Teenage America title in 1974 while a senior at Aiea High. She is an anchor with Seattle's NBC-affiliate KING 5. Next year's AAJA national convention is booked at the Sheraton Waikiki June 21 to 24. Co-chairs are Star-Bulletin assistant city editor Craig Gima and KHNL's Joann Shinn. "It will be a great chance to visit family, as well as show the nation's journalists the richness and diversity of Hawaii as a source for stories," Lori said. Her parents are Florence and Joe Matsukawa. Longtime sports fans will recall Joe as a UH quarterback who played in the 1954 Hula Bowl ...

LET'S HEAR IT for everyone involved with "Lost," the Hawaii-based series that won the Best Drama Emmy and five others Sunday. I was surprised Teri Hatcher didn't win an Emmy for "Desperate Housewives" but her costar Felicity Huffman, who won, is a darned good actress ... The Kahala Mandarin should have more sessions with Jimmy Borges and the Betty Loo Taylor Trio on the Veranda, as it was standing room only for their Thursday and Friday sessions. Jim Nabors added heavy star power Friday, doing "Trouble" from "Music Man." Kathy Foy, Rollanda Lee and Lulee Fisher also sang. Lulee was the trio's Saturday vocalist as well ...

Girl Scout alums are getting together Saturday

"Make New Friends But Keep the Old," an old Girl Scout song, is the theme for the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii's first Alumnae Tea Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., at Girl Scout Hale, 420 Wylie St. Former Daisy members, Brownies and Girl Scouts, as well as Girl Scout Leaders and past council board members are invited. Council past-President Joan Bickson will share memories of scouting on Maui. Girl Scout cookies, of course, will be served with tea. Besides Joan, Alumnae Task Force Committee members include Chair Trudy Schandler-Wong, Jane Tatibouet, Marie Milks, Margery Ziffrin, Caroline Bond and Sheila Leas ...

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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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