Billie Gabriel has a ball with the stars in Los Angeles
An e-mail this week from my pal Billie Gabriel
made me jealous. Here I am chained to a desk, and she was in Los Angeles dancing -- make that tripping -- with the stars last week. Her daughter, Kona Carmack
, is a production assistant to "Monk" exec producer Randy Zisk
. Billie visited the set and met Tony Shalhoub
, star of the USA Network show. This will really make Murphy's waitress Jan Diehl
envious because "Monk" is a can't-miss show for her. Billie asked Kona who the tall basketball player was on the set. Kona informed her that he was not a basketball player and that he was rap star Snoop Dog
. On the trip, Billie and her Kamehameha classmate Kimo Spencer
went to the taping of "Dancing With the Stars" and gave leis to Olympic speedskater Apolo Ohno
, who is in the "Dancing" finals, and "Dancing" Judge Carri Ann Inaba
of Hawaii. Later, Carri Ann wore her leis on interviews with "ET" and "Inside Edition" ...
Traveling on: Alan Wong and Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai presented a dinner at Wong's restaurant in the Tokyo Disney Resort May 3. Wong took his chefs Wade Ueoka and Allen Hess on the trip. The dinner, priced at $165, was part of a monthlong "Aloha from Hawaii" promotion at Tokyo Disney. The evening was enhanced by isle beauty Liana Green's hula. HAPA -- Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau -- performed at the wrap-up party ...
Murphy's chef Erice will hit the trail to texas
, chef at Murphy's for 20 years, is retiring Friday and is moving to Houston with wife Anna
and their kids, E.J.
, 18, and Leeanne
, 12. Eddie's brother, Rolly
, and his family live in Houston. I was sorry to learn from waitress Diehl that Eddie was leaving, as I have enjoyed his cooking for many years. I'll never forget a fresh mahimahi dish of his I tried many years ago that was cooked perfectly and had a delicious sauce. From that day on I have ordered the mahi whenever it was on Murphy's menu ... Honolulu Symphony
Concertmaster Iggy Jang
and his childhood friend, harpist Sebastien Lipman
, will share the stage with symphony violist Mark Butin
, cellist Mark Votapek
and bassist Kirby Nunez
in a reunion concert at Doris Duke Theatre June 3, at 4 p.m. Violinist Greg Wrenn
and harpist Sayo Lipman
will take part ...
, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things in our Hawaii. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org