Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, March 15, 1997



Alfred Apaka, Keith Ikaia-Purdy

Statue, isle stars
will honor Apaka

THE Hilton Village is inviting friends to the unveiling of a statue of Alfred Apaka Wednesday and to celebrate the late singer's 78th birthday. Apaka's son, Jeff, has lined up a who's who of isle stars for the tribute. Some of them, such as Benny Kalama, Sonny Kamahele, Pauline Isaacs, Iwalani Kahalewai, David Kapele, Fely Gabriel, Anna Gobrait, Leimomi Chung and Beckley Pang, worked with Alfred. A Tapa Bar party is open to the public at 7:30 p.m., featuring Don Ho, Danny Kaleikini, Mahi Beamer, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Genoa Keawe, Bev Noa, George Kuo, Leinaala Heine Kalama and halau, Myrtle Hilo, Haunani Apoliona, Ipo Kumukahi, Chris Kamaka, George Naope, Jimmy Moikea, Aaron Mahi, Kathy Foy, Moe Keale, Keola Beamer Sr., Alan Akaka, Queenie Ventura, Randy Oness, Kent Gerard and halau, Wisa D'Orso, Varoa Tiki, Lei Becker, Eddie Bush, Jimmy Kaina, Mahiehie, Leimomi Ho, Ken Makuakane and Joni Albao. Don't miss this rare treat ...

THURSDAY WAS my 30th year with the Star-Bulletin, my bread and butter ... Speaking of bread and butter, Martin and Jeanie Wyss will close Swiss Inn Monday through March 26. They're off to Portland U. to help daughter, Jennie, with the Hawaiian Club's luau. Suzie, the Wyss' other daughter, is also going, as is Jeanie's mom, Kumeko Fujii. Sharon Fujii, Jeanie's sister and Inn co-owner, is heading for Las Vegas and S.F. with another sister, Faye Fujii, and Faye's boys, Taisei and Kenji ...

Symphony bargain offered

MUSIC lovers can buy one Honolulu Symphony ticket subscription for the remaining spring series, resuming March 23, and get the second free. The two-for-one offer for the Halekulani MasterWorks Series of five concerts runs until March 25 at the Concert Hall. Kamehameha grad Keith Ikaia-Purdy, a tenor and Berlin Opera star, sings with the Symphony March 23 and 25 at the Concert Hall. Purdey also sings March 26 in a BHP Pau Hana concert at the Hawaii Theatre at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are a low $15 and $20 ... The two-for-one deal extends to the United Airlines Pops Series at the Concert Hall. It starts with "The Magic of Gershwin with Pianist Peter Nero" March 28-29 ... It's unfortunate the second Nero night, March 29, is the same night the Hawaii Theatre has Cris Groenendaal, the "Phantom of the Opera" star, singing show tunes ... The Symphony offers "Mozart and Haydn" with Joe Moore as host and guest conductor Friday and next Saturday at the Hawaii Theatre ...

FORMER JUDGE Ray Engle thought he was going to have dinner with wife, Claire, at Indigo last Saturday before taking in a fine group of San Francisco Opera Center Singers at the Hawaii Theatre. But when he got to Indigo, he was surprised to find 40 friends cheering his 70th birthday ... The last three performances of Jack Cione's Mardi Grass Follies 1997 will be held tonight at 6:30, Monday at noon and Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Banyans at Pearl Harbor ... New golf clubs, including Callaway's Biggest Big Bertha, can be sampled free at Koolau driving range todayuntil 4 p.m. ...

Aloha, Sis

LAST week I learned from my sister Bev's daughter, Karen Armstrong, that Bev had suffered a heart attack, then a stroke in Colorado Springs. She could not recognize anyone. Karen and her sister, Yvonne Hyland, had dinner Monday and said they were pulled back to the hospital, although they had planned to go to bed. They said Bev's eyes were wide open as if she were looking for someone. They washed her face and she began breathing rapidly. Then the breathing came slower and slower until it stopped. Bev, Roosevelt '41, would have been 73 last Thursday. Beverly Davis is also survived by sons Rodney "Ramrod" Pedersen of Honolulu, Ron and Don Yager, both of Colorado Springs, brother, Elliott, of Kaneohe and eight grandkids. She'll be home before long ...



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.





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