Williams, Miller add zest to isle stevedore firm party
OLD-TIME vocals by retired stevedore Johnny Williams
and the exceptional hula of Kanoe Miller
were highlights of the McCabe Hamilton and Renny party at the Halekulani Thursday. Tim Guard
, president of the 105-year-old firm, always throws a relaxed comfortable kamaaina affair at the Halekulani with plenty of good food and beverages. Kanoe, the Halekulani star, and Tim's actress-wife, Devon
, modeled together in earlier years. The Hawaiian trio of sisters Ethelynne
and Mona Teves
, and Tau Greig
played and sang island favorites. Williams, who spent 52 years with the company, taught Tim what being a stevedore was all about when Tim worked on the docks for the firm ...
BISTRO OWNER and Ballet Hawaii board member Jackie Takashita is opening her Hawaii Loa Ridge home Sunday for Mistletoe Magic, a holiday gift-buying opportunity. Ana Meng and Vivien Stackpole are co-chairing the Ballet Hawaii fund-raiser. Tickets for the event are $30; call 521-8600 ... Don't forget the Hale Aina Awards Sunday for the best restaurants in Hawaii as voted by Honolulu magazine readers, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kahala Mandarin. Food from top restaurants, wine and entertainment by slack-key guitarist-singer Makana are offered. Tickets are $100, or $75 for those with American Express cards. There is also a $150 ticket for those who want to join the VIP party with winning chefs from 5 to 6 p.m. ...
Billy Olds puts Arabic language skills to good use
LOCAL BOY Billy Olds
, a retired Army colonel and former Green Beret, is in big demand in the Mideast because he speaks Arabic. Billy, who spent the past 14 months in Kuwait and Iraq working for an American company, sends word that he signed up to work another year in Iraq as of Oct. 22. This time, he will be country director of the Army's linguist program, which furnishes translators and interpreters throughout Iraq for the Army and some Marine personnel. "I will be responsible for the 6,000 linguists and staff we have all over the country," Billy said ... Nona Beamer
is recovering from double bypass surgery, performed at Queen's last week ... Mid-Pacific Country Club is host for the John A. Burns
Challenge Cup, Nov. 28-29 ...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org