Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, April 12, 1997



Corky Trinidad, Agnes Orlando

Fans mourn loss
of Corky cartoons

THE Star-Bulletin and thousands of loyal Corky Trinidad fans took a hard blow to the midsection when Cork began his yearlong sabbatical March 3. Corky has turned out sparkling humorous and editorial cartoons day after day for the past 29 years. His cartoons will be missed, and it will be tough to take a year without Corky's friendly face at work. He will do just about anything for a friend. Corky is a member of my golf gang of Frank Steinmiller, Tim Smythe and Sonny Beamer. All of us, except Kamehameha's Beamer, are Roosevelt grads. We have made Corky an honorary Roosevelt graduate. No more "Manila High" for our resident genius. He's a Roosevelt Rough Rider now ...

BEAMER BECAME a grandfather again with the birth of Allison Kaleialoha a Hoolulu Beamer on March 24 to Milton Beamer III and wife, Janet, in Long Island, N.Y. The physician discharging mom and daughter was none other than Dr. Patrick Lee, a Kamehameha grad ...

A LOCAL angle for the for Padres-Cardinals series April 19-20 at Aloha Stadium is that the Padres were the parent club of the Hawaii Islanders when the Islanders won their first Pacific Coast League title in 1975, their last season at Honolulu Stadium. Also, the Cards were responsible for bringing the first Japanese-American pitcher to the Major Leagues: former Kalani High star Ryan Kurosaki. Incidentally, Kurosaki and Lenn Sakata, who also made the majors, played together on Kalani's powerhouse team in 1970 ...

Shari sings and swings

ONE of the few places where guests can dance to swing and pop tunes is the Hale Koa, where Shari Lynn and her quartet turn loose Monday and Tuesday nights. Pianist Ray Kaneyama, drummer Sonny Froman and bassist Lee Humes give Shari solid instrumental and vocal support. Shari, bursting with energy, gets the joint jumping with tunes such as "Kansas City" and "Big, Bad LeRoy Brown." She and Humes are hot on the Louis Prima-Keely Smith versions of "I Ain't Got Nobody" and "Old Black Magic." Another treat is the foursome harmonizing on "It's a Blue World." Guests don't need to have a military connection to enter the lounge ... Jimmy Borges heads a groovy bunch of jazz, blues and gospel entertainers in the Hawaii International Jazz Festival show at the Hawaii Theatre tonight ...

A FRENCH film crew and fashion model descended upon Maui's Grand Waikapu Golf Course and its main man, head pro Fran Ciprio, recently to shoot at the lush course. A big draw is the clubhouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The French shot footage for a program similar to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." The Wright clubhouse originally was designed as a house for Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in 1957. But they split before it was built. Several years ago, Pundy Yokouchi, Howard Hamamoto and Takeshi Sekiguchi acquired the design, increased the size of the house from 10,000 square feet to 74,000 square feet and built it at Waikapu for $40 million. The only design change was to include a furo ...

Orlando joins the biz world

AGNES ORLANDO, now living on Maui, represents the upscale Italian Player line of women's golf apparel ... Happy belated birthday wishes to Lila Crystal and Shirley Higashi, who celebrated on a Star of Honolulu dinner cruise ... Cascada at the Royal Garden at Waikiki has stopped serving lunches but Chef Nick Sayada, who unveils a new menu April 20, will open for a Secretaries' Day lunch on April 23 ... T S Restaurants marked its 20th anniversary last weekend on Maui. Festivities at the group's first restaurant, KIMO'S, featured a life-sized poster of owners Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten in '70s attire. The duo, with help from David Allaire, sang "My Girl" for the crowd ...



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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