Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, December 7, 1996

Val Iwashita, Aaron Mahi

left athletic legacy

WALTER Gouveia, 80, who died Nov. 17, was a marvelous athlete. He played volleyball alone against six-man teams and beat them. He played baseball against visiting major leaguers and in the 1930s he ran marathons barefooted. He tried out for the 1936 Olympics steeplechase event and would have made the team but was disqualified because he ran barefooted, son Charles said. His roommate during the tryouts was the great sprinter Jesse Owens. Gouveia's grandson is Kurt Gouveia, San Diego Chargers' linebacker ...

FOOTBALL WAS big in the life of Anne Paoa Clark, 92, who died Nov. 29. Her sons, Jimmy and the late Herman Jr., were starting linemen for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears, respectively. Anne's husband, Herman Sr., was a top lineman in the Honolulu Senior League. Her daughter, Kamaka Miyamoto, is the widow of Al Miyamoto, a former Castle grid coach. Anne, an attractive woman and a smart dresser, was a cousin of Duke Kahanamoku... Sorry to learn of Tuesday's death of pianist Len Hironaka... Dentist George Tanaka, 72, who died Nov. 25, was a 1942 Roosevelt grad but he sent his sons, attorney and Roots & Relics owner Keith and physician Nils, to Punahou, which he backed financially. He also funded a scholarship at Kamehameha ...

ONWARD: Aerobics class pals Joan Rodby, Jean Anderson, Eve Rosen and Dorothy McMillan, at Kahala's Patisserie, bumped into Ed Kenney. Someone mentioned the local version of "Twelve Days of Christmas." Ed said he wrote it and sang it for the appreciative gals on the spot ...

Mandarin lights the tree

HONOLULU Waldorf School singers, conducted by Tim Carney, helped make the lighting of the Kahala Mandarin Christmas tree a festive event Thursday. Later, hotel staffer Vernon Hulihee sang with Bonnie Gearhart at the piano. Gearhart, a jazz delight, topped things with her vocal of "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas." She performs Thursday and Sunday nights at Kahala ... Kit Samson's Sound Advice returns to the Mandarin for the New Year's Eve dinner and dance party with the Mary Barboza Band. Cost is $195 per... Samson and band return to the Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Hotel on Fridays and Saturdays, starting Friday ...

ROYAL Hawaiian Band maestro Aaron Mahi conducts for the Honolulu Symphony's Christmas concert with the Brothers Cazimero and the Kamehameha Schools Glee Club Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., Dec. 15 in the Concert Hall ... The Hawaii Youth Symphony's Winter Concert is tomorrow in the Concert Hall, 4 p.m. Louis Vuitton Hawaii is sponsor ... Pianist Bill Cox came back from San Diego to a home that was hit by high surf. But he leads the Over the Hill Gang Jass Band at Steck's tomorrow, 2:30 to 6 p.m. ... Child and Family Service benefits when top pastry chefs make holiday goodies at Sub-Zero's Cookie Corner at the BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show. The Blaisdell event ends tomorrow. Sub-Zero donated $10,000 in kitchen appliances, etc., for the benefit auction ...

Looking back at Iolani

IT BEGAN as an idea from Iolani Headmaster Val Iwashita and now a dozen Iolani backers are working on a 150-page book on the school's history. Retired Star-Bulletin staffers Oscar Kuwahara and Ray Maneki are in on the project as is Iolani teacher Valerie Haas. Anyone with Iolani mementos is asked to call 943-2252 ...

REBECCA BARBERIS, 5, daughter of Joe and Marielle Barberis, was thrilled when told she won a turkey in Maunawili Elementary's Turkey Trot fund-raising run last week. But when handed the 15-pounder, she said, "It's dead," and turned to mom, puzzled. She thought she had won a live pet turkey. After mom explained, Rebecca took it all in stride ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Saturday.

Wood Craft by Ben Wood is a Saturday feature of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
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