Smart to sing at gala honoring the founder of Parker Ranch
will attend the Western Heritage Awards gala April 12 in Oklahoma City, representing the Smart Parker Ranch family along with her brother, Parker Smart
, and cousin, Willow Smart
. They are the grandchildren of Richard Smart
, the last Parker family member to own the Ranch. Their ancestor, John Palmer Parker
, will be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners. Stefanie, who stars in local musical theater productions, has been asked to sing the national anthem at the gala and is honored to do so. John Palmer Parker founded the 150,000-acre ranch, one of the largest in the U.S., in 1847 ...
...La Pietra's annual Hoopla fundraiser was held at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room last Saturday. Hoopla Hoe was the Hawaiian theme. A hand-crafted koa paddle by artist and waterman Sam Clemens, with one of his carved tikis at the top of the paddle, was a prized auction item that went for $1,700. Board of Trustees President Alice Flanders Guild and trustee Wendy Crabb chaired the event. Mahina Hugo is head of school at La Pietra ...
Eddie Kamae's award-winning "Lahaina: Waves of Change" documentary will be broadcast on national PBS stations April 20. Eddie and his wife, Myrna, are working on two new docus and he is also planning another CD with his group, the Sons of Hawaii ...
D.K. Steakhouse, Vino schedule wine events
Four Vines winemaker Christian Tietje
will be on hand for a wine dinner at D.K. Steakhouse Friday and next Saturday. Tietje and the Paso Robles, Calif., winery, specialize in rustic reds. Steakhouse GM Ivy Nagayama
has paired them with three courses of Chef Jason Miyasaki's
four-course menu, $75. Call 931-6280 ... Vino also has wine events coming up. Tuesday, Peay Vineyards wine will be poured from 5:30 to 7 p.m., $37. The husband and wife team of Vanessa Wong
and Nick Peay
will be here. On Thursday, Vino will have winemaker John Falcone
in town for a tasting of Rusack and Falcone Family wines from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., $25. Call 533-4476 for the Vino events. Master sommelier Chuck Furuya
, a Star-Bulletin wine columnist, is involved. Chuck really knows wines ...
, 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