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At a demonstration on Saturday, Hitomi Gilliam talked about the floral pineapple she created for the Pineapple Room anniversary, to be held the next day.
Wong credits staff on 8th anniversary
supervised food preparation in the kitchen before joining the crowd attending the eighth anniversary of his Pineapple Room in Macy's Ala Moana Sunday. "It's a tribute to the staff," Alan said of the successful eight years. "They make it happen every day and they have brought us here -- eight years." Alan made his first ice carvings in 20 years for the party. "I learned how to carve ice before I could fry an egg," he said. Alice Inoue
, Alan's fiancée, said she liked the two love birds with a heart best. That figures. Alan said working on the heavy ice carvings ruined his golf game. Sounds like he is angling for strokes from his golfing buddies. Alan said he learned ice carving in cooking school at Kapiolani Community College. Carol Hoshiko
, KCC dean of culinary arts, was a party guest. Hitomi Gilliam
's magnificent flower arrangements decorated the room. Mahiehie
-- Sam Kaina, Mark Tang
and Helene Woodward
-- played and sang beautiful Hawaiian music. Helene's daughter, Hannah
, age 8, danced hula ...
Mayor Mufi Hannemann sang "Honolulu I Am Coming back Again," at the Taste of Kick Start Karate fundraiser earlier this month. The mayor's vocal pipes and phrasing, adding a jazz touch, have improved. Maybe he's getting pointers from older brother Nephi, a pro. The fundraiser at Richard and Sooz Mirikitani's Bayer Estate topped its goal of $40,000. The Kanikapila Band performed, Randy Luna emceed and Kristian Lei sang. The karate program was started in 1995 by former Police Chief Lee Donohue and retired school teacher Amy Abe to keep youngsters on the right path ...
Punahou pair presents Barack Obama with a lei
Punahou grad and trustee Wendy Crabb
gave Barack Obama
, also a Punahou graduate, a lei from Punahou President Jim Scott
at Oprah Winfrey's
fundraiser for Obama in Santa Barbara Sept. 8. The event raised $3 million. Emme Tomimbang
attended. Emme airs interviews with Obama's relatives and friends in her "With Island Roots" TV special tomorrow at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. on KHON ... Congratulations to attorney Jim Nicholson
, new chair of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. Jim is a former NFL offensive tackle and was a big star in football and basketball at St. Louis High ...
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