2 UH med students brighten holidays for homeless family
and Justin Yamanuha
entertained at the recent John A. Burns
School of Medicine holiday party at the school with their vocal and ukulele talents. The first-year med students received a $150 appreciation check from the school. They used the money to buy a new tent for a homeless mother and her five children living at Maili Beach -- a family they have "adopted" as a community service project. The guys make weekly visits to check on the health and other needs of the family. Now that's a nice warm and fuzzy Christmas story ...
Malik Joyeux, the Tahitian surfing star who was killed at Pipeline Dec. 2, had been working in a film involving the world of surfing before his fatal accident. Malik's brother, Teiva Joyeux, is another key member in the cast of "Cutback," which is in preproduction and development. The story is about how the two Tahitian brothers help another surfer, who is down and out because of drugs, get back on his feet and his surfboard. The production will continue with Teiva and the picture will be dedicated to Malik. The brothers were filmed surfing at Teahopu in Tahiti and some scenes for the movie were shot on Oahu's North Shore. Cutback Productions is based on Maui. Rich Foster is executive producer and director is Paige De Ponte. Ben Baldwin, a former surfer, has provided some development funding ...
State Farm's Sandy Gomes celebrates birthday
Happy birthday to Sandy Gomes
, one of State Farm's finest, who turned 74 Tuesday. His daughter Gwenette Higa
, also with State Farm, and his office receptionist, Mina Gibbons
, along with Sandy's son, Scott,
whisked him out of the office for lunch. They wanted to take him to a Portuguese restaurant but they didn't know of any so they took him to a Brazilian eatery. Sandy and his wife, Gwen
, marked 53 years of marriage last Kamehameha Day ...
Brook Lee, 1997 Miss Universe, subs for hula dancer Kanoe Miller at the Halekulani's House Without a Key Dec. 26 to 31 and Jan. 2 to 3. Kanoe, a former Miss Hawaii, returns Jan. 4 ... Guido Salmaggi, now living in Florida with wife, Maria, writes in his Christmas card they hope to be in Honolulu soon as they "are both fed up with the hurricane state"...
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