Female inmates released to see kids' photos
Women inmates received a pass Sunday to attend the opening of the ProjectFocus exhibit at Alan Wong's
Pineapple Room, featuring photos of them that were taken by their children. Laurie Callies
and Lisa Uesugi
founded ProjectFocus to help at-risk children learn photography skills while building self-esteem. In this exhibit, all the participating children have or have had mothers either incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center or are living at Ka Hale Hoala Hou No Na Wahine, a community-based re-entry program. Laurie and Lisa photographed the children on the grounds of La Pietra. The kids took photos of their moms in their respective facilities. About 350 people attended the opening. One of the female inmates danced hula to the music of singer-guitarist Bobby Moderow
. More music was performed by Pierre Grill
. The exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Macy's Ala Moana, third floor. It then travels to Kahala Mall, Windward Mall and other venues ...
Attorney Beadie K. Dawson, left, and daughter Donne Dawson, center, Hawaii State Film Commissioner, with Wendy Crabb of the James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation took in the ProjectFocus exhibit at Alan Wong's Pineapple Room in Macy's Ala Moana.
This makes me feel jumpy: The Kahala Hotel is putting what it describes as the finest kangaroo on the menu for the main event of its Australian Food and Wine classic Friday and next Saturday. No joke, the country's animal will be one of six courses for the $185 dinner with wine in Hoku's next Saturday. I talked with Aussie actor Duncan Pattle
, who is filming the intro for Daynin Dashefsky's
"Inventor's Tool Kit" DVDs. He recommended kangaroo meat, saying it is lean and tasty. If you don't go for kangaroo, there will be barramundi fish, Wagyu beef, smoked eel and more. Chef from Down Under is Brent Savage
, and sommelier is Nick Hildebrandt
. Wine lovers might wish to focus on Wine-Ology with Michael Twelftree
next Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests will have six different wines with tapas pairings, $50. There will be a progressive dinner Friday on the Koko Head lawn. It starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7:30 with wine, $135. More events are scheduled. Call 739-8888 for additional information ...
Former Hokule'a crew member Marion Lyman-Mersereau, in her inspirational new children's book, "Eddie Wen' Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe," imagines what Hawaii's ocean creatures saw when the voyaging canoe capsized and the heroic Aikau surfed away for help and was never seen again. Marion will perform a reading from "Eddie Wen' Go" at the Kahala sportswear store in the new Nordstrom Wing of Ala Moana Center Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Fellow former Hokule'a crew members Mel Kinney, Kaau McKenney and Tai Crouch will join her ... In Wednesday's column I had the wrong first name for Andrew Lin, the brother of Deborah Lin, James Gandolfini's bride. Andrew walked his sister down the aisle, and before doing that he walked his mom, Ruth Lin, down the aisle to her seat ... This is my week for Italians. Paolo Migotti, maitre d' of Spada Italian eatery in the Wyland Hotel, sends word that Oscar-winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco came in for dinner last Saturday with film director Joe Reilly and his family ...
, 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